Back to School: Quilts for School-Age Children

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Quilting | Comments


It’s that time again: back to school! This time of year those school-age children are always on our minds. What better time to think about quilting and quilted projects for the little ones?

Here are 7 patterns for the school-age children in your life.

As always, be sure to click on the photos and links for more information!

Multi-colored and Patterend Cross-Patterned Quilt

Photo via In Color Order

First up is the Arithmetic Quilt pattern, a math-inspired patchwork quilt by Jeni Baker. This beginner-friendly pattern includes detailed instructions to walk you through the project from beginning to end. This versatile, scrap-friendly pattern includes dimensions to create quilts in 6 different sizes.

Quilt Featuring Colored Crayons

Photo via Quilts by Elena

Who needs a box of pencils and crayons when you can have a quilt full of them? Inside the Lines is an adorable quilt pattern featuring writing crayons and pencils, and it would be perfect for any student or teacher that loves school. This original, pattern using quick strip paper piecing comes with full-size templates and easy-to-follow directions.

Colorful Quilt Hanging on School Fence

Photo via Don’t Call Me Betsy

Originally featured in Quiltmaker magazine, the Color My World Quilt Pattern  is bursting with color! This cheery quilt is much easier than it looks. Carefully follow the detailed techniques and directions in the pattern and your blocks will come together with no hassle. Choose your child’s favorite colors, and this quilt will become a quick favorite!

Grey Quilt with Multicolored Geometric Pieces

Photo via Sassafras Lane

Hexagons continue to be immensely popular in the world of quilting. Oftentimes, quilts featuring this shape are hard to sew, but not with this one! There are no partial or Y seams in the Lexington Lane Quilt Pattern, only straight lines. Grab a stack of fat quarters and try out this easy twist on a classic pattern.

Colorful Quilt Featuring White Stars and Lines

Photo via Quilts by Elena

Use up your scraps while making the beautiful Star Light Star Bright Quilt Pattern. This is an ideal pattern for the new quilter who is ready to move beyond basic patchwork. Fun and colorful direction and photos will walk you step-by-step through the process.

Quilt with School Symbols

Photo via Victoriana Quilt Designs

My School Years Keepsake Growth Chart Pattern is a quilting project both you and your child will treasure for years to come. This wall hanging not only features a ruler to track your child’s height, but also picture pockets to display wallet-sized school photos. Machine piecing, machine finished appliqué, and paper piecing work together to form this special quilt.

Pink and Patterned Quilted Bag

Photo via Pleasant Home Quilts

What’s more fun that adding a bit of fabric to everyday life? This Quilted Knapsack Pattern is the perfect way to do so! Use your favorite charm pack to create this sweet little bag, perfectly sized for a child or an adult. Clear instructions and photos are included, so don’t let the zipper scare you off! If you are hesitant about the zipper, it’s relatively easy to master your zipper techniques.

You may also enjoy our roundup of back to school sewing projects. Also, for creative ideas on what to pack in the kids’ lunchboxes this school year, see our post on easy and creative kid’s lunch ideas.

We’re celebrating International Literacy Day tomorrow on the Craftsy Blog with a look at book-themed quilts. See you then!

Who thought back to school quilts could be so much fun? What is your favorite quilt pattern for elementary school children?