Kids Camp Teaching Curriculum Plus FREE Fence Rail Quilt Pattern

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by Sara Snuggerud in Projects

The Fence Rail Quilt pattern is what we use in our Kid’s Quilt Camp. Many people have asked us for this pattern so today we are sharing not only the pattern but our entire curriculum. In exchange for this free pattern and class information, we ask you to Pay It Forward and teach a youngster or a group of youngsters to make this quilt! Share a picture of the finished quilts and their proud creators with us on Facebook, Twitter or post a link in the comments.

We have found the perfect quilt pattern that offers students a comfortable pace to finish a quilt within 5 days while attending a 2 1/2 hour class each day. This Fence Rail Quilt Pattern and its size covers the complete quilting process for a guaranteed successful first project.

To get a copy of the pattern, click the button below. Our goal is to share this with as many people as we can and get a few more young people involved in quilting. Use the links below to share this post with the world … let’s try to get as many people to start a quilt as possible.

Download Your Copy Here

I started teaching kids sewing classes with my mom, Carol Meyer, in Santa Barbara, CA when I was in high school. What a blast we had. With two of us teaching, we could accommodate a class of 12! I remember the first year of a kids sewing camp…we had a unique program that students made simple shorts, shirts and a top and then we put on a fashion show for the parents at the end. I don’t know who enjoyed the fashion show more, the students or the parents. They were so proud to be wearing something they had made. In particular, we learned that the magic starting age for these type of sewing camps was between 8 to 9 years of age.
Most 8 – 9 year olds have the dexterity to guide fabric through a sewing machine with an even seam allowance as well as be able to listen to the instructor. Here at Heirloom Creations’ quilt camps we start students nine years of age. Due to the amount of the sewing construction needed to complete this quilt and the strength needed for machine quilting at the end, this age has proven successful.

When students sign up for Heirloom Creations’ Quilt Camp, they are first asked to come “shopping” to select their very own fabric combination. It is always fun to watch them pick out fabric and watch them process the multiple color  options while truly having no clue how its going to look finished.

They are then asked to pre-wash their fabrics before class and gather supplies. Sewing machines need to be serviced to eliminate any problems during class. And please, if you own a fancy sewing machine, let them use it! They will be just that more successful with their quilt which translates into a long lifetime of GOOD sewing memories.

One supply item I highly recommend is a magnetic pincushion. It is easy to locate, use and move around as they sew.

Kid’s Quilt Camp: Fence Rail Quilt Pattern

Day By Day Progress

(Based on a 2 1/2 hour class time with a short snack break)

Day 1 – The first day is all about getting to know their sewing machines. We practice  threading, inserting the bobbin, pinning and sewing straight. Parents and teachers who do the threading for the students are not giving them the skills they need to run a sewing machine. We also work on pressing techniques and iron etiquette. Once they have mastered consistent seaming they can start sewing the strip sets together. (Have “helpers” rotary cut their fabric into strips while students are learning how to use their machines).

Day 2 – Before the class on day 2, the “sewing gremlin” visits all sewing machines and removes the thread and the bobbin. Each student must remember how to rethread the machine before they can start sewing. Today is a “Strippin’ Day”! Students are encouraged not to rush (its not a race)! and finish sewing all the strips together with a consistence seam allowance.

Day 3 – Once all strip sets are completed, we will then cut the strips into squares using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler. At this age, most students are not ready to use rotary cutting equipment. Start laying out the blocks row by row as the pattern shows. Sew blocks into rows and then sew all the rows together.

Day 4 – By this day, students are comfortable with their machines, threading and winding a bobbin. This day they finish sewing all rows together and borders. Next they layer batting, quilt front and back together and baste with long hand stitches or with pins around the outside edge.

Day 5 – This is the day they switch to a walking foot! After sewing around the entire quilt, they will turn it right side out and quilt as desired. Start by sewing a faux binding stitching line around the entire outside of the quilt. This will also close up the hole used for turning. Most students will then quilt through the center of the Fence Rails.

Permission is granted to use this pattern as you wish. If you plan on publishing this pattern on your blog, please provide the link to our website. Please contact us prior to any other use of this pattern such as printed publication.

Updated: 3-2017


  1. JanetB says:

    I clicked on Facebook, clicked Share Link, but didn’t get the button to download. I would like to have the pattern to share with my Quilt Guild. Perhaps, we can get some young people interested in making them for Quilts of Valor.

    1. Deb Thomas says:

      I love to have a pattern .

    2. Bonnie says:

      I clicked Facebook and Share Link, but didn’t get to download. I would like to have the pattern to share with my Quilt Guild for our Charity Quilts project for youth. Thank you

  2. moh says:

    Link appears to be broken,throwing a 404 error when downloading the pattern is attempted.

  3. Renee Nelson says:

    Please send me a copy of the free Fence Rail quilt pattern. That will be a perfect project for my 9 year old granddaughter. Thank you.

  4. Lee Hines says:

    I attempted to download the pattern, but I got too many warnings against doing so.

  5. Anita says:

    I posted the link on FB but there is no link to download the pattern. Would like to use it with a young 4-Her for the fair next year. Please send me the link. (When I tried to access it from FB it gave me an error message).

  6. Carol L. Buteyn says:

    Please send a kids camp quilt pattern. I am a newby and would like to do one by Christmas! Is it possible?

  7. Cathy Wheeler says:

    Unable to download pattern and lesson, Granddaughter has been asking to learn to sew but is unable to take classes . I would love to get her started.

  8. Amy says:

    I was not able to get it to posted to Facebook either, but would love a copy of the pattern. Do you ever do Quilt camps for adults?? :). Thanks!

  9. kc says:

    This is just my quilting style, fast and easy. I would love to have this pattern. Thank you.

  10. Limda says:

    I tried to download after post on luck. Please send me the pattern and curriculum. I have granddaughters ready to start the project. thank you

  11. Pam says:

    I too have tried liking, sharing, and posting and cannot find download to pattern. I would love to have the pattern to sew with my granddaughter and to share with my quiltsforkids church group. Thank you in advance.

  12. Diane says:

    I posted it to my facebook page but then was kicked out.

  13. Linda says:

    Please email me the pattern.

  14. Bonnie Eide says:

    So glad you are teaching young people to quilt! I would appreciate a copy of the rail fence and the teaching curriculum. Thanks.

  15. Virginia Morse says:

    Please send me the free Fence Rail Quilt Pattern. It looks like a good quick quilt project.

    Thank you!

  16. Heirloom Creations says:

    Thanks to everyone who has been sharing our blog post. We really appreciate it and hope that we can help get new sewers and quilters started on a lifetime of enjoying their craft.

    FYI, posting a comment isn’t automatic. We have to check each comment and send out emails. So, if you dropped us a comment, please be patient we will try to get to them in a timely manner.

  17. Barbara Durkin says:

    I would like a copy of this project to use with my Granddaughters. Thanks

  18. Vicky Janssen says:

    I followed the instructions but it wouldn’t download

  19. Pat Scott says:

    unable to access pattern. Could you e mail to me. Grandaughter will try this. She is excited. Thank you

  20. Julie Forslev says:

    I liked your page on facebook, but was unable to find a link for the pattern. Would you mind sending it to my email? Thank you.

  21. Stacey Engebretson says:

    I would like a copy of the pattern to share with my niece

  22. Sarah Mueller says:

    I would like to get a copy of the pattern. The page did load to my facebook but could not get the pattern to download. I have a 7 yr old neice that I can teach to sew with this pattern! Thanks for remembering the young children in the world – so we can keep the quilting tradition alive!

  23. Laura in ca says:

    Im new to quilting so I would love this pattern!

  24. Callie Hernandez says:

    Please forward to me the pattern download. I plan on teaching my 6 year old granddaughter and hopefully their Girl Scout Troop. We already made pillowcases this summer as well as earning a patch. The girls seem to be interested in being able to sew again, so hopefully this will be the pattern for them.

  25. Kathy Raml says:

    I tried posting and downloading twice and still did not get a pattern. I would love this to do a class with kids as our guild is trying to start one this fall for children. Thanks, Kathy

  26. Bernice Kuntz says:

    I too tried downloading the free pattern without success. If possible, please e-mail me the pattern:) Thank you!

  27. Mary Schoep says:

    This quilt looks like it would be easy and fun and you could use up some scraps. Thanks for the pattern!

  28. Karen Wolter says:

    will share pattern with home ec class as they make a quilt each year and this would be perfect for beginners. Could not get the pattern to down load. Thanks

  29. Judy says:

    Also could not download pattern, have shared with my sister who is excited to start quilting.

  30. Jill Klassen Laudin says:

    Hi, I did the share and post on facebook as well, several times and had no luck in the download showing up…. I would love the pattern and curriculum to teach to some beginner quilters! I have already had friends share the link from my facebook page! Thanks.

  31. Sharon says:

    I tried to post & download, but not successful. Please also send me the pattern. Thanks!

  32. Samantha says:

    Would love the pattern, however unable to download! thanks!

  33. Teresa says:

    Please email the pattern to me – thank you so much!

  34. Char Billow says:

    Hello … I would so LOVE to share this quilt and do a class for some of the kids at church and our Girl Scouts. I’ve shared on Facebook, but it won’t let me get the pattern. Says the link can’t be found??? Could you possibly send it to me please…. thank you for all! Char

  35. Roseann says:

    I could not get the pattern to download. I would like to use this for a beginner class. Please send me the pattern.

  36. Laurie says:

    I would love to have the Fence Rail pattern you used in your kids camp!

    1. Sara says:

      We have updated this missing information for the Fence Rail pattern. Thanks!

  37. Diane says:

    I received the pattern, and hope to use it someday. Too many other projects right now!

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