I knew I’d draw you in with that headline! We all want to keep our kids busy and put an end to the constant refrain of “Mom, I’m bored.” Instead of sticking in a video, turn off the television and get them engaged in some projects that will teach them new skills and spark their creativity. We’ve put together a list of 14 Quilting Projects for Young Children to give you some ideas. Quilting may seem like the domain of old ladies and Amish maidens, but it can be fascinating to children who like to work with their hands or have an artistic bent.
The projects in this collection are aimed at introducing children to the art of quilting. The simple block patterns will impart the central concepts of quilting without confusing or overwhelming kids, and the fun designs will get them excited about patchwork and quilting. Any child who can handle basic sewing with a sewing machine or needle and thread can tackle these easy projects!
Kids who love coloring and other artistic pursuits will enjoy working with the applique patterns in our collection of 14 Quilting Projects for Young Children. They will delight in choosing fabrics and arranging the fun shapes on fabric. Children who tend towards the mathematical (in other words, your conscientious child who always colors inside the lines) may be more inclined towards piecework. The precision and attention to pattern necessary for piecework will keep their little minds busy, and they may even be interested in measuring and cutting the fabrics themselves. In fact, the piecework patterns in this collection are a great teaching tool for all children. Use them to give kids hands-on experience with geometry and arithmetic and to show kids how math can be applied in everyday situations.
14 Quilting Projects for Young Children are not only fun to make, but fun to use too! We have quite a few pillow patterns, so kids can make fun pillows for their bedrooms (our favorite is the Crazy Cowboy Tooth Fairy Pillow, perfect for kids who are losing their baby teeth!), and we also have several simple quilt patterns that kids can make for themselves or their dolls. Especially fun for little girls are the quilted accessories. Teach your kid to make a headband or a book bag with their new quilting skills, and they’ll be able to wear their handiwork proudly!
Of course, remember to always supervise children when they are working with quilting tools, and only introduce your kids to quilting if they seem interested and have mastered basic sewing skills. Once they have shown some interest, get started on one of these awesome projects!
Ready to quilt some things for you kids? These projects are sure to keep you busy while you child learns to quilt.