Have Kids Draw Quilt Squares

When I learn of a new grandchild to be born, it's tradition for me to make the expected one a baby quilt. I like to embroider, so I try to find pictures or transfers that I can put on a quilt-block and embroider. Recently, my 4 year old grandson drew a picture of himself and me, and I got to thinking that it would be a very nice picture for his little brother or sister that is expected in the spring.


I am going to ask him and his 7 year old brother to draw a couple more pictures for me, and transfer them to quilt-blocks for the new baby.

Here is the picture that Steven drew for me; I will post a picture of the quilt when I get it finished. (Notice the blue hair? Steven knows that blue is my favorite color, hehehe!)

By Carole from Locust Fork, AL

Stick figure drawing.

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November 7, 20080 found this helpful

What an absolutely lovely idea! And how sweet that 'Grama's' hair is blue ;-) Yes, please do share a photo of the quilt with us when you're done :-)

By Arlene (Guest Post)
November 7, 20080 found this helpful

How do you transfer the pictures to the quilt squares? I would like to try that. Thanks

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November 8, 20080 found this helpful

I would also like to know how to transfer the pictures to quilt squares. pink2teach AT

November 8, 20080 found this helpful

what a great idea..I quiilt some and may try this do you transfer this oonto the material?? if you'd like you could email share your,debbie

November 9, 20080 found this helpful

They sell fabric transfer paper in the fabric stores. It's about $12 for 10 pieces. You can do photographs as well as anything else you can print from your computer.


They are very easy to use and washable.

November 9, 20080 found this helpful

What I have always done is use carbon paper; place the carbon paper between the drawing and the fabric, then draw over the lines on the drawing, which will transfer to the fabric. The only problem with this method is that the carbon smudges easily. You could go over the carbon lines with a washable fabric pencil or something along those lines; myself, I just work fast and get it embroidered before it smudges too bad. The carbon doesn't harm the fabric, and washes out easily.

November 12, 20080 found this helpful

Your idea of picture the grandson drew for you is too cute~!~! Thanks for sharing. My grandson will be a dad for the second time and I will use a couple of his drawings on an item for the great-grand daughter.

By Sis (Guest Post)
November 12, 20080 found this helpful

Good idea! I teach preschool and love the picture. Did you know that the size of the head means the artist thinks highly of the person whose head is the biggest? Start watching the size of the heads on the kids pictures. The largest head of the person will surprise you.


Another thing I have noticed is when the child is upset with a parent and the child is drawing a picture of that person the head will be smaller. Preschoolers are very interesting they use pictures instead of words many times.


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