Quilting with kids

Ok, I need advice from those of you used to quilting around kids. Z is fascinated and wants to help. Since she’s five she is both supremely unhelpful and not physically able to do a lot to help. I don’t want to discourage her because I want her to enjoy crafty stuff and because our relationship is an on again – off again thing. She can’t decide if she should hate me or adore me and so she jumps back and forth. If she wants to sew with me then it means she isn’t biting me. LOL

Here’s stuff we’ve tried:

1. Having other crafts she can do in the room where I’m sewing.

2. Letting her pick which fabrics I use. I’m working on a scrappy mini trip around the world and I’ve let her chose fabrics from the stack I’ve precut.

But this doesn’t always cut it for her. Either she doesn’t think she’s helping enough or I’m working on a different project with the fabrics already decided. Then she wants to play with pins or other unsuitable activities. Does anyone have other suggestions for when I want to quilt something that doesn’t need help?


  • Mama Kelly

    I came over from bloglines to suggest teaching her to crochet to find that Jodith had meat me to the punch. LOL

    I was thinking let her make a bunch of granny squares (easy first project) in whatever colors appeal to her and then piece it together for her so she has a “quilt” of her very own.

    Mama Kelly

  • Jodith

    What about teaching her something like crocheting? My grandmother taught me when I was 5, and I was able to do really simple projects.

    Or what about those old sewing cards? Do they still make those? Or getting her started on the idea of quilting using a very looseweave fabric that she can *sew* using a blunt needlepoint needle?

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