Welcome to the Kids Crafts from A-Z blog hop! When I saw the opportunity to join in, I jumped all over it and specifically chose the letter Q. Poor little Q. It was one of the last letters, but it was exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t wait to get started on Q is for Quilts.
Here’s why: in my family, homemade quilts are worth more than gold. When I say my family, I mean my whole family, both my side and Hub’s side. I love it. As soon as it’s discovered that either matriarch is starting a new quilt, everyone starts jumping up and down calling dibs. Quilts are a love language, y’all!
When I was pregnant with the twins, Hub’s parents came to stay with us to help. My mother-in-law is a huge quilter, so of course she brought her sewing machine and lots of fabric. I was worried the sound of the machine might upset Monster, the weirdest sounds do that. He LOVED it. He was so enchanted by everything, and his grandma was thrilled to have the tiniest little helper. He got to help make his very own quilt.
So fast forward a little over a year, and I see the letter Q waiting for me. I knew making an actual quilt would be a bit beyond a preschooler’s grasp right now (no sewing machine for him!). So I came up with something on a much smaller (and easier) scale – paper quilts.
The supplies are simple:
- Printed grids to use as a guideline (If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making your own, print this one that I made! Easy peasy!)
- Scrapbook paper
I was lucky enough to have a giant pad of scrapbooking paper laying in a cabinet, so I grabbed it and found the brightest pages I could. I cut them into 2-inch squares, but if you’re brave enough and your child is old enough, let them cut out the squares.
I got everything set up on the dining table as best I could with a boy running around excitedly. He heard the word “quilt” and was all in! Then I turned him loose and let him have fun. All he had to do was put glue on the paper grid, and add a square. It seems really simple, but he loved picking which paper to put on next, and we talked about patterns, colors, shapes, the whole bit.
You could also cut your squares in half to make triangles, and make all sorts of patterns. We both had fun making our own.
The paper quilts seemed to take just the right amount of time for his attention span. He was engaged the whole time, and was having a lot of fun. When his paper was full, I offered to let him do another, but he was ready to move on to the next thing. I think he heard the Hotwheels cars calling his name.
One of the things I love about this craft is the versatility of it. You can use scrapbook paper, construction paper, fabric scraps, felt, anything. I do love the scrapbook paper because it’s patterned and coordinated, much like the fabric in a quilt.
I hope you enjoy the letter Q as much as I do! Please go check out all the other wonderful letters in the alphabet, and find a new craft for your family to do this weekend!
And I’m curious – is it just our family that is so crazy about quilts? You love them, too, right? Tell me all about in the comments below!