Pattern Paper Quilts

Pattern Paper Quilts lesson plan

What makes a pattern? How do we combine patterns to create quilts?

  • 1.

    Find quilts, or books with pictures of quilts, made with square patches.

  • 2.

    Invite children to describe their patterns. Talk about principles of visual organization such as rhythm, repetition, unity, and balance.

  • 4.

    Look at quilt designs. What patterns are used? What shapes do you see? How are square patches put together to make a harmonious design?

  • 5.

    To make your own quilt patterns, print Crayola® MiniStampers on paper.

  • 6.

    Cut several quilt squares using Crayola® Scissors.

  • 7.

    On construction paper, arrange the quilt squares in an appealing design. Use Crayola® Glue Sticks to attach them.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • MATH: Identify and describe shapes.
  • MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • After students have created an original quilt, ask them to investigate Amish quilts. What types of patterns do they see in these quilts? What shapes do they find?