Quilting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Quilting is an age-old sewing technique that results in attractive fabric combinations. This lesson plan will help you teach students about quilting basics. A hands-on activity gives students the chance to try quilting for themselves.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'quilt'
  • identify examples of quilted fabrics
  • list the supplies needed for quilting
  • summarize the process of quilting


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.


Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.


Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.


  • Images showing assorted examples of quilted and non-quilted fabrics
  • A quilt
  • Assorted images of popular quilt patterns
  • Old tee-shirts, uniforms, curtains, or other fabric
  • Rulers
  • Solid-colored fabric, cut into three-inch squares
  • Thin batting, cut into three-inch squares
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing needles


  • Begin by displaying the images of quilted and non-quilted fabric for the class.
    • Can you spot any differences among the fabrics in the images? If so, how are they different?
  • Display the quilt for the class for a few moments before passing it around for the students to see and touch.
    • What type of fabric is this?
    • How do you think it was created?
  • Write the term 'quilt' on the board and define it for the class.
  • Explain that quilts are made in many different styles and designs by stitching two pieces of fabric together over a soft and fibrous lining called 'batting.'
  • Display the images of assorted quilt patterns for the class.
  • Name each type of quilt pattern for the class as you briefly discuss how each one was made, listing the steps as you go.

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