Q is for Quilts

These quilts are easy enough for toddlers to make, and fun enough for adults! Q is for Quilts is part of the Kids Crafts from A-Z series.

These quilts are easy enough for toddlers to make, and fun enough for adults! Q is for Quilts is part of the Kids Crafts from A-Z series.

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.

These quilts are easy enough for toddlers to make, and fun enough for adults! Q is for Quilts is part of the Kids Crafts from A-Z series.

Monster cuddling with his brand new quilt that helped make.

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!)
  • Gluestick
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors

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.

These quilts are easy enough for toddlers to make, and fun enough for adults! Q is for Quilts is part of the Kids Crafts from A-Z series.

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. 

These quilts are easy enough for toddlers to make, and fun enough for adults! Q is for Quilts is part of the Kids Crafts from A-Z series.

You could also cut your squares in half to make triangles, and make all sorts of patterns. We both had fun making our own.

These quilts are easy enough for toddlers to make, and fun enough for adults! Q is for Quilts is part of the Kids Crafts from A-Z series.

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!

The Kids Crafts from A-Z is hosted by Play Dough & Popsicles. Go check out all the other wonderful crafts!

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!

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I am a SAHM to three kids and a menagerie of pets. I love coffee, books, crafts, wine, cooking, and more coffee. Seriously, I couldn't function without coffee. Read more about me!

22 Comments

  1. LOVE THIS!!! And I loved reading your story. I am so glad my daughter has gotten my crafty side, as it seems your son has too! It’s so much more than crafts! Love it! Thank you for sharing with Kids Crafts from A-Z!!!

    • Thanks, Deanna! My son surprises me at every turn! I hope my girls get the crafty bug, too. I had a ton of fun doing this! Thanks for organizing it all!

  2. That’s a great project to learn about patterns and creating them. It’s great to see a boy making something that normally seems like a girly project.

  3. Love this I have to try this with my son.
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  4. I love the paper quilt idea! So fun! 🙂 I quilted with my mom a little when I was young, what good memories!
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  5. Aw this is awesome, what a fun craft activity and can make some great decorating too 🙂
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  6. I loved hearing how quilts are big in your family. Your son did a great job! I love this art project and will be doing it soon with my kids. I pinned this because it’s awesome!
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  7. Such a cute art project! My oldest would love it. Sharing! Thanks for the idea.
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  8. what a cute idea! I think our sons are at the same speed – short project followed by cars, cars, and more cars!
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  9. This is such a great idea! I’m always looking for Q crafts. It’s the hardest letter to come up with things for! So cute!

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  10. This is the perfect project to do with kids when the weather sucks outside. Thank!
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  11. How fun! I love quilts and I’m always stealing quilts from my Nonna and MIL. I would love to make my kids their own one day. (Hope you’ve linked up with us??) I love this craft!
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    • We are a bunch of quilt thieves around here, too! If one is left unattended, it usually gets claimed by a toddler or a dog. Just don’t ever get up.

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