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Quilting with Children

Summer vacation season is nearby, and there's no better time to share your passion for quilting and creative sewing with your favorite little people. Whether they've expressed an interest in learning more about the needle arts, or the suggestion is yours, we've gathered a few tips for quilting with children to make the process both fun and successful!

  • Keep it simple - begin with a single block that can be made into a decorative pillow, a bed pillowcase, tote bag front, or accent block for a denim jacket back or a T-shirt. It can also become a simple art piece suitable for framing.
  • Take into account the child's personality when planning your quilting session: For more artistic children, avoid projects that require the precise use of templates & rulers. Instead, focus on the fun of free-hand cutting, and the creativity of blending colors and patterns. Kids who are naturally inclined to math and geometry might be open to the more precision-based aspects of quilting, were templates & rulers are used.
  • Invite a couple of his or her friends to join the creative session. You might even extend the idea into a birthday party theme, either at home or at a local quilt shop that offers kids' classes.
  • Remember that children’s taste levels are more sophisticated than ever; have a variety of fabrics and embellishments available for experimentation. Provide the opportunity to work with batiks and other cool "adult" fabrics that aren't strictly juvenile in design and coloration.
  • Let the child work with scraps of one of your own current projects, to create a small "featured block" you can use as the back label for your quilt. The label can include both of your signatures.
  • Have follow-up project in mind to keep up the momentum and encourage their efforts as they work. The follow-ups can introduce new techniques to gradually increase their quilting skills.