Creative Art Quilts

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!!


7 Responses to Creative Art Quilts

  1. Anonymous September 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    Cheryl, It’s fun to finally see the pic­tures of the quilts. Very impres­sive in their final form.
    Love, Roy

  2. Anonymous September 8, 2008 at 7:25 pm #

    Oh how beau­ti­ful and bril­liant. The seam­stresses chose such won­der­ful col­ors to com­ple­ment the chil­drens art­work. I LOVE the Bib­li­cal themes — how cre­ative of you! Melissa Stew­art — Kids Kreations

  3. Anonymous September 9, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

    Cheryl, These quilts are amaz­ing. I love the flow­ers, they are so col­or­ful and vivid. It is such a great idea, I’ll have to pass this along to our school. Gretchen

  4. Erin September 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm #

    I love all of the quilts! They are spectacular!!

  5. Cheryl Trowbridge September 15, 2008 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks, Erin! It’s excit­ing to see teach­ers from other states read­ing my blog!

  6. Kim December 6, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    I know this is an old post but do you still do the quilts? If so, what web­site do you use now? I notice Kids cre­ations does not do them any­more.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge December 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      Good news! Kids Kreations still offers the quilt squares.… they’re called “quilt blocks”. Now all you need is some­one who likes to sew!

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