Family Photo Quilt
More than any craft we've made, my son has gone wild for this. After making it, he insisted I take it off the wall so he could study all the pictures. I tried to get a video of him pointing out all our family members, but they never cooperate when the little red light starts flashing! I have done similar projects in classrooms, calling it a friendship quilt. Instead of pictures we used our recipe for being a good classroom, things like "Share" and " Be Gentle", etc...
1. Gather your materials. You will need card stock (I used note cards cut in half so they are sure to be the same size), something to decorate the paper with, in our case it's the paint rollers but it can be anything you wish, double stick tape (do not use glue, if you mess up the picture might be ruined, with tape mistakes aren't the end of the world), pictures of your family, ribbon and more ribbon, scissors, and a hole punch.
2. Have children decorate the paper, I only had my son do the cream-colored paper because that fit his attention span, but there is no reason not to color all if you want. Let dry.
3. Next, if children are old enough, have them cut the pictures out in different shapes, you can go freehand or use a paper punch if you have one. If children are very young, do this for them. I cut them but had my son tell me who was in each picture!
4. Put the double stick tape on the back of the pictures and place them in the middle of the quilt squares. My son put a picture of my sister sideways and laughed his fool head off, but since we were using tape it was okay, it came off and we fixed it.
5. While they are doing that, write a message on an extra piece of card stock, I layered mine for effect. Of course, if children can print, encourage them to do this step too.
6. Punch holes in all the corners except the very bottom corners of your bottom squares.
7. Map out your quilt.
8. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie. Repeat.
9. I used fine ribbon on the back of the quilt to tie the middle square to the squares on either side of it since it was only secured to the top and bottom squares, this avoids having too much ribbon on the front and helps the quilt stay together.
10. Ideally, I should have had a dowel and tied the top row of ribbon to it and then hung it. Since I didn't have one, I just threaded some ribbon through the top two corner holes and pinned it to the wall. It didn't matter since my son has found its permanent home on my coffee table so he can gaze lovingly at our family.
has been teaching young children in various capacities since 1993. She started as a day camp leader in high school, taught various preschool programs at community centers through university, worked as a tutor while pursuing a second degree in elementary education, and most recently worked as a director and preschool teacher before becoming a full time mom. Now that she is at home she keeps one foot in education while sharing that side of her life with her son and the results have been amazing.