Textiles 1

Designing and making a decorative storage product, including the use of appliqué

Students review the design process – researching, designing, making, evaluating.  They learn to draft their own paper patterns, adding hem and seam allowance. They also study the use of appliqué to decorate, and how to make and attach a pocket, developing the use of sewing computers including the machine embroiderer. They create a storage product.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will have: drafted a paper pattern; understood the use of seam and hem allowances; learnt how to carry out appliqué technique producing their own design storage product; completed a design folder.

Most students will: understand the design process; develop their use of the sewing computer independently; have learnt how to change the stitch setting on the sewing computer to include embroidery stitches; have designed and made a storage product suitable for a specific target market eg. cook, artist etc.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: have a thorough understanding of the design process, including researching from lots of different sources; have understood the needs of the individual within the target market; have evaluated throughout the design process and made modifications in light of difficulties; have included a range of pockets suitable for different items with a high level of accuracy and finish including the use of more than one technique.

Key Assessments

Students are awarded National Curriculum Levels for designing and making activities and there is an end of module test.

How to help your child

Support them with their homework. Discuss the design process – information can be found on http://www.technologystudent.com - and how they have applied it. Encourage your child to take a pride in what they make and to bring home a completed design folder and product to show you. Where possible, allow your child to practice new skills at home.

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