Here comes another birthday for your child and, of course, there will be a party with cake and ice cream, games and fun. But, then, it’s over. The party guests are gone but there are lots of nice presents. Why don’t you give your child one more present – a really unique birthday gift – by making a signature quilt. The quilt will be a reminder of the party – and friends – for a very long time. In fact, it will likely become a cherished heirloom.
Cut fabric into large quilt squares and let the kids sign or decorate the squares at the party. In place of one of the games, sit the kids around the table, and let each child decorate one or more squares the way he or she wants. To get everything ready, measure the bed – or an existing quilt – and decide on an amount of quilt squares you will need, as well as the size for each one. Don’t make it complicated; just cut large squares which will be easy to sew into a quilt.
Paint markers work really well for decorating the quilt squares. They’re available at craft stores and come in a huge variety of colors and types. Since they contain real paint the designs or signatures won’t come off in the wash. And, since the paint markers work just like regular magic markers kids will have no trouble creating designs and signing their names.
If you have enough squares, allow each child one to sign, and another to make a drawing. You can provide stencils so that the squares will all have a theme, or you can just let kids draw their own designs on the squares. You might also want to include some squares with no designs or signatures when you make the quilt, so leave these squares off to the side until you’re ready to sew up the quilt.
Sew the finished squares together to make the top of the quilt. A flat sheet works well to make the back of the quilt. Simply lay the flat sheet on the right side of the quilt squares, cut it to the size of the quilt, and sew almost around the whole thing. Leave an opening in the middle of one side so you can turn the quilt. Turn it right-side-out and sew the opening shut. Now take a stitch – with needle and thread or machine – at each corner where the squares meet each other. This will keep the back attached to the front and help the lightweight quilt keep its shape.
The signature birthday quilt is something to cherish. The child will have a one-of-a-kind gift which all the guests – his or her friends – made. As your child gets older, the it might be replaced with another, but the signature quilt will be kept for many years.