Jackson's little brother is in Firecracker's kindergarten class, so we thought having the kids make a quilt that could be donated to a newly diagnosed histiocytosis patient would be a good way to support the effort and help the kindergarteners feel like they were able to help in a small way. This blanket will be going to a one-year-old boy here in Washington.
To make the hand print animals, I did a google image search to find options. I chose about 6 options and printed them off on a paper as examples. The ones on the list were a fish, spider, octopus, peacock, turkey, and giraffe. I'm not sure how a butterfly got left off the list, but I'm sure kids would have loved to choose that too. (That blue peacock is one of my favorites and the pink fish is Firecracker's hand.)
Several kids wanted to branch out a bit further and requested a cat or dog. This kid especially wanted his dog to look like his dog from home, and hence the black spots.
And the sweetest one was that Jackson's little brother really wanted to make a teddy bear in a "baby" color to make the little boy we're giving this to happy.
I know schools out for a lot of people now (although we still have a few days left), but this could make a great service project for summer camp.
Here's how we managed it with 6 year olds.
- We used 9 inch muslin squares, and I cut these out ahead of time.
- I called the kids back two at a time. One child would choose their animal and color of paint while I was stamping the other child's hand. This seemed to give them plenty of time to be ready for their turn to stamp.
- We used regular acrylic paint which worked fine, although fabric paint would probably work even better.
- I helped them position their hand depending on which design they chose.
- After stamping their hands, I wiped as much off with a paper towel as I could and then sent them over to wash really well with soap and water. As far as I know, none of them got any on their clothes.
- Once the squares were dry, I added the details with my fabric pens at home.
- Then I sewed the quilt together. The blue strips are 2 1/2 inches by 9 inches and came from a cotton thrifted queen sized sheet. The yellow squares were 2 1/2 inches on each side and came from my stash. I was on my way to the fabric store for the batting last weekend, when I pulled over to a garage sale where I found the batting for $1. Awesome. It went together really quickly. For the backing I used more of the sheet that I'd cut the strips from.
- I machine quilted it and made a binding using bias tape from Dana's tutorial on MADE. I think the whole quilt cost somewhere between $6-10 to make since I was able to get everything so cheap.
- Then after it was all sewed together, I washed it to make all that paint softer.
I sent the quilt off with Firecracker to school today, and she said the class loved seeing it and matching their hand prints up.
Which one is your favorite?