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Kid’s Quilt Craft – an activity with The Quiltmaker’s Gift book

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Make a kid's quilt craft and help your preschooler (or older kid!) practice glueing, pattern making, and creativity! Read "The Quiltmaker's Gift" alongside it for a fun morning - the book is all about being selfless, giving, and the magic of sewing!

My son is almost 3.5 but we haven’t done many traditional crafts at home. They had a “glue and create” style activity out at the library a few weeks ago and he was so excited to try and make it. I’ve been brainstorming ways to use up my smallest scraps (here is another kid activity with fabric scraps!) and thought I’d combine his interest with my fabric stash!

The activity is inspired by The Quiltmaker’s Gift* by Jeff Brumbeau as a part of a fun round-up hosted by Emma Owl, with over 50 Kid’s Book & Craft Ideas. I have the two free printable with simple quilt blocks to fill in – if you don’t have fabric to burn, construction paper would work or you could just color it in!

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the quiltmakers gift book review

If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it! It is beautifully illustrated, well written, with a kind storyline.

quilt book for kids

The general premise is that a greedy King learns of a gifted quilt maker, who gives all her quilts away. He demands her to make him one, and eventually she teaches him the joy in giving instead of simply receiving.

quiltmakers gift

Each page has a quilt block and the quilts are woven in throughout the pages. I just found out that there is a book of patterns* to accompany the illustrations, which is fun!

kids craft with quilting

Ready to work on some quilt blocks?

You can download the simple squares and/or the half-square triangles –sign up for my newsletter and get the free download once you confirm your subscription! If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the pattern with the password in each newsletter, in the resource library.


preschool glue activity

A simple glue stick is all you need – I liked that is was a simple geometry introduction, looking at how the two triangles formed a square. Half-square triangles are one of my favorite quilting designs, and they are so simple (see my first quilt ever & the Christmas quilt I made).

preschooler pattern activity

I just let him make whatever pattern he wanted – you could also print 2 copies and make an example for them to follow!

We have lots of quilts around the house so he was excited to show my husband the “quilt block he made”. I am thinking I will cut out the square and turn it into a card – perfect way to incorporate the giving message from the book!

50 Childrens Art and Craft Ideas Themed Around Books

Be sure to click over and check out all the other kid’s crafts with books, I am excited to see what other bloggers have come up with! If you’re looking more for sewing ideas, don’t forget this post I have connecting kid’s books with free softie sewing patterns. All Free Kids Crafts has a bunch of other fun/learning activities shared on this page, too.

kids quilt craft from the quiltmakers gift book

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Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Ooohhh I love this, it is so clever and such good geometry practice!!

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