10 DIY Projects for Your Tween

Quilt Your Cares Away

Quilting is a uniquely American craft that's more popular today than ever before. From small pieces of fabric, kids can stitch together lap robes, snuggle blankets, wall hangings, framed art and even wearable art. Although there are thousands of patterns to choose from, we like simple, colorful fabric squares for a child's first quilt. You can purchase precision cut five- or six-inch fabric squares at any quilt shop:

  • Lay out the squares in a pleasing pattern.
  • Sew squares into rows using a quarter-inch seam allowance.
  • Sew the rows together.
  • Create a quilt sandwich with the quilt and backing material facing and the batting as the last layer.
  • Stitch around the outside of the quilt on three sides and then turn it as you would a pillowcase.
  • Stitch the open side by hand.
  • Tack the fabric down every few inches to hold the batting and backing in place. You can use decorative yarn or ribbon for this tying off process.

Making a rag quilt is another easy option. These rustic quilts are a breeze to sew together with simple straight stitching.

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