Homemade quilts are another great fund raising idea that you can do with KidsKreations! What makes these quilts so charming and unique is that they are made using kids’ artwork! I did this with each of my K-6 Art classes and we auctioned them off at our Spring Open House & Art Show. Our quilts were a huge success!
Making a quilt is no small undertaking, so before you begin, find some parents (or grandparents) who like to sew, who will each commit to sewing one quilt. This step was actually much easier to accomplish than you might think! This is a fun way for creative people to get involved and support your school. You’ll need to begin planning this project well in advance of the time you plan to sell your quilts, so work backwards from that date.
Once you have your “team” of quilt-makers, choose a theme for each class, to ensure that every quilt will look cohesive yet at the same time allow for individual expression. (The themes we chose were based on a different Bible verse for each class. Then students illustrated these verses using a colorful fish, flower, house, or heart, to name a few of the ideas we used.)
Following your theme, have your students draw or paint (using bright colors) on the paper provided by KidsKreations. Don’t forget to have students sign their work and leave a margin around the edges which will become the seam allowance. You can also add the name of your school, class, date or whatever else you may want to include on separate pieces.
When the artwork is finished, send it to KidsKreations and they will return it to you printed on fabric perfect for quilt making! Your parent volunteers will enjoy taking these printed quilt pieces with them to choose the coordinating fabrics for each quilt. (Make sure you allow plenty of time for the sewing part of this project!)
As your finished quilts start coming in, find a high traffic area to display them, to generate interest and get your word of mouth advertising going! One ambitious parent at our school was so inspired by our quilts, she decided to make a second quilt in her daughter’s class using self-portraits from each student. This charming quilt became an end of the year gift for her child’s lucky teacher!
These are a just a few of the quilts we made – I hope you’ll be inspired to make a quilt (or quilts) with your students!!