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Clothespin Quilt

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  • Motor Practice
  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 1-3

Create a gratitude quilt with craft sticks and clothespins!

Materials



24 Clothespins
6 Rainbow Craft Sticks (Per Quilt Patch)
Acrylic Paint
Friendship Thread (Optional)
Wiggly Eyes (Optional)
Fuzzy Sticks (Optional)
Glitter (Optional)
Paintbrush

Glue or Tape

*Hot Glue* Adult Supervision Required

Markers

Instructions



Step  1.

Plan out a color scheme for your craft stick quilt patches — using 6 craft sticks for each patch. Then, write or draw something your grateful for on each craft stick!

Step  1.

Plan out a color scheme for your craft stick quilt patches — using 6 craft sticks for each patch. Then, write or draw something your grateful for on each craft stick!

Step  2.

Tape or glue the craft sticks together. Then, decorate them with paint and other craft embellishments, like wiggly eyes, fuzzy sticks, glitter, or friendship thread!

Step  2.

Tape or glue the craft sticks together. Then, decorate them with paint and other craft embellishments, like wiggly eyes, fuzzy sticks, glitter, or friendship thread!

Step  3.

While your craft stick patches dry, ask an adult to use a hot glue gun to secure 4 clothespins together by their inner metal coils — make sure they’re all facing the same direction! Continue gluing the clothespins together, until you have 6 groups.

  • TIP: You can also decorate your clothespins with your favorite craft materials once your groups are dry!

Step  3.

While your craft stick patches dry, ask an adult to use a hot glue gun to secure 4 clothespins together by their inner metal coils — make sure they’re all facing the same direction! Continue gluing the clothespins together, until you have 6 groups.

  • TIP: You can also decorate your clothespins with your favorite craft materials once your groups are dry!

Step  4.

Build your quilt! Open the first group of clothespins and horizontally clip them onto the middle of your first craft stick patch. Then, grab your second craft stick patch and add a line of hot glue to the middle of the craft stick at the end of the patch. Slide the glued portion into the open ends of the clothespin group, and press to connect them!

Step  4.

Build your quilt! Open the first group of clothespins and horizontally clip them onto the middle of your first craft stick patch. Then, grab your second craft stick patch and add a line of hot glue to the middle of the craft stick at the end of the patch. Slide the glued portion into the open ends of the clothespin group, and press to connect them!

Step  5.

Repeat Step 4 until all 6 patches connect by 4 groups of horizontal clothespins.

Step  5.

Repeat Step 4 until all 6 patches connect by 4 groups of horizontal clothespins.

Step  6.

Use the 2 remaining clothespin groups to connect the top row of craft stick patches to the bottom row! Open the first group of clothespins and clip them vertically to the bottom ends of the craft stick patch on the far left side — then repeat on the far right side! Next, add a line of glue to the end of the craft stick patches, slide the glued portions into the open ends of the clothespin groups, and press to connect them!

Step  6.

Use the 2 remaining clothespin groups to connect the top row of craft stick patches to the bottom row! Open the first group of clothespins and clip them vertically to the bottom ends of the craft stick patch on the far left side — then repeat on the far right side! Next, add a line of glue to the end of the craft stick patches, slide the glued portions into the open ends of the clothespin groups, and press to connect them!

Step  7.

Repeat Steps 1-6 to make more craft stick quilt patches! Use more clothespins to hang your gratitude quilt in your craft room, classroom, or hallway!

Step  7.

Repeat Steps 1-6 to make more craft stick quilt patches! Use more clothespins to hang your gratitude quilt in your craft room, classroom, or hallway!

Go back to square one with an ABC clothespin craft!  

  • Quilt Together: Many letters build on top of each other to make different sounds, like ‘Q’ and ‘U’ — as a class, list out as many ‘qu-’ words as you can.
  • Sew Many Senses: Use all kinds of materials, like wiggly eyes, paint, glitter, yarn, and more to introduce different textures into your arts and crafts session!

Quilts are unique because they are handmade, just like your clothespin craft! Many families pass down quilts through generations, giving them extra special meaning. Open up a conversation with your students about family traditions — is there something special their families pass down? Allowing students to share their family history in the classroom will create an inviting and accepting space.