Underground Railroad Quilt Craft
Declare your freedom with this handmade blanket.
- Quilt maker:Your kid.
- A quilt code pattern:Have your kid choose an authentic pattern right here.
- Felt:A big square piece for the base and several pieces for the pattern in whatever colors your kid wants.
- Sewing pins
- Paper:To make patterns.
- Hot glue gun:Kids and hot glue don't mix, so make sure you do all the gluing.
- Hole puncher
- Yarn:You only need about a foot in a color that complements your kid's quilt.
- Show your kid the different Quilt Code patterns and have her choose one. Click on each image to see what the quilt's secret code is.
- Head out to the craft store (or hit up your craft closet/box/drawer) and pick up the felt.
- Help her sketch the quilt design onto a piece of paper to create a pattern. Depending on your kid's age, this might be a great time to break out the ruler and turn it into an impromptu math lesson about length and angles (you sneaky educator, you!).
- Cut out the pieces of the pattern (a block of one color, a triangle of another, etc.) and pin them to the right color of felt. Unless your kid's already a seamstress, this is a step for you.
- Then help your kid cut out the felt pieces. She should just cut around the outside of the paper to make the felt the right shape and size.
- Have her glue the felt pieces onto the base felt to create the pattern.
- When the quilt is all glued together, turn it over and have your kid point out which side is the top. Hot-glue the chopstick across the top of the quilt to make a sturdy edge.
- Next, help your kid punch holes in the top corners of the quilt and tie the yarn through each hole to make a hanger for the quilt. (You'll probably have to punch pretty hard, so this may be a grownup job to avoid frustration!)
- When she's all done, have your kid hang her quilt on her doorknob, her bedpost or her wall as a decorative piece of art. (Of course, she'll really know that it's a secret code!)
- Wanna kill some more time? Have your kid make one of each code. You can even make up your own quilt codes, like a pretty red and blue one that's code for "Clean your room" or a bright green one that means "Eat your broccoli." You may never have to raise your voice again!