Between the six of them (and my five-year-old) they finished almost all the binding. And although it’s by no means perfect, it’s definitely made with love!
Here are some things I learned from this experience:
1. Break it down into steps. We did each step at a different one-hour session. I found the kids only had so much motivation and attention to give before they gave up (especially if it wasn’t turning out the way they hoped).
2. Don’t aim for perfection. Most of the kids didn’t have much experience with sewing, so I knew it was important to encourage their efforts rather than make them correct their mistakes a hundred times (if there was anything glaring we went back and fixed it later).
3. Give up control. The entire project (including decorating the squares) took place over the span of four months. Our quilt-making sessions were limited and we were never able to complete an entire step during any of them, and it didn’t end up the original dimensions I’d planned for, but the important thing was that the kids were learning some important skills.
Have you ever worked with teaching kids how to craft? Any funny stories about teaching your own kids to sew? I’ll be sure to share more photos once all the finishing touches are added–can’t wait!