Q is for quilt, our newest letter Q craft! My 3 year old little girl made her own quilt. With parental supervision, it was a great after lunch activity that kept her focused and helped reinforce our learning activity. Even if there is no sewing machine in the house, you can whip up this letter Q craft to reinforce letter recognition.
A Quick Letter Q Craft
While we were dancing and each rattling off things that start with the letter Q, Elise said ‘quilt.’ She immediately stopped dancing, looked me square in the eye, and said, “We could make a quilt today.”
I don’t make quilts ya’ll, they’re just not my thing, but even I know that quilts take longer than the attention span of a 3 year old will allow. So, I compromised and suggested we make a quilt for a doll. It was easy, took about 30 minutes, and made for a great letter Q craft.
What If No One Sews?
Before you roll your eyes and say, “I don’t sew,” how easy would this be to make in paper? A bit of construction paper, some glue, and some ever-important scissor practice, and your preschooler could have a quilt done by snack time.
Because it was going to be such a quick project, I didn’t think to take many pictures, but I snapped one of ‘us’ sewing. She was so well-behaved when I laid out the ground rule of “no fingers near the sewing machine.”
She asked for some help in figuring out a pattern, but knew she wanted three different colors. Elise selected her fabrics from my scraps and fat quarter fabric box, and even decided on the size to fit one of her favorite dolls.
The kid can’t wipe her bottom yet, but she’s already starting to design bedding.
I did all the cutting (even though she tried with her safety scissors) and Elise helped me measure each piece so they were all the same(ish) size. When I was finishing up the cutting, Elise got a huge grin on her face and said, “Wouldn’t it be beautiful if there was a Q for quilt on it, too?
Oh. Em. Gee. Ya’ll.
After I recovered from the cuteness – and obviously above-average intelligence – of my offspring, I grabbed a knit scrap and cut out an uppercase Q. Because this is just a letter Q craft and not a real quilt, use knit for an easy – no hem, no ‘real’ applique work needed. Knit fabric doesn’t fray, so you can just top stitch along the outside and inside edges of the letter.
This letter Q craft was easier than making a pillow, so it’s a great beginner sewing project for kids; those kids who are old enough to operate a sewing machine safely. Mine isn’t there yet, but she is itching to get her own machine – a Hello Kitty sewing machine has been requested already.
So there you have it: a quick project that uses scraps AND reinforces some letter Q fun. Win, win.
If you’re looking for some other kid’s craft ideas, check out our kid’s crafts page or start with some of these: