A simple technique lets you turn any expanse of pretty fabric into a welcoming coverlet. Here, a vintage floral linen tablecloth creates the top of the quilt, but any medium-weight fabric will work. We used a piece of linen in a complementary color to create the backing and border.
Basic sewing supplies
Fabric for top of quilt
Cotton batting (cut to the same size as the top fabric)
Medium-weight linen (about 2 inches longer on all sides than the top fabric)
Days of winter weather can make kids stir-crazy. When cabin fever strikes, clear some floor space and roll out an indoor hopscotch mat. This ancient British game was used for military training exercises at the time of the Roman Empire; kids eventually became its most passionate devotees, because it's just plain fun.