Story Quilt Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will provide you with ideas for creating story quilts with your students. Students will learn about story quilts and then create their own.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Describe a story quilt
  • Create a story quilt to tell a story


This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


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.


  • embellish
  • embroidery
  • quilt

Materials Needed

  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pens
  • 8 x 10-inch sheet of muslin (1 per student)
  • 12 X 16-inch sheet of black felt (1 per student)
  • Various fabric swatches
  • Paper towels
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beads

Lesson Instructions and Activities

Activate prior knowledge by asking students what they know about quilts. Ask if anyone has a special quilt and why it is special. After listening to their answers, ask if anyone has an idea what a story quilt might be. Explain that a story quilt depicts an important part of someone's story. Tell students that in this lesson, they will be creating a story quilt to tell part of their story.

Ask students to think about their favorite memory from the last year. If students struggle, tell them to think about a holiday, vacation, or other special occasion. Have students turn and talk to a partner about their memory.

Then have students think about some things that remind them of that memory that they could draw. It might be an elaborate scene from that memory, or the drawing could be representational symbols, such as a gingerbread man, a cup of cocoa, and/or a quote.

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