Textiles and the Environment – A decorated tote bag
Students will review the design process – researching, designing, making, evaluating. They draft their own paper patterns, adding hem and seam allowance, using previous knowledge to carry out a range of decorative techniques to decorate their bag. Their finished product is a decorated tote bag with handles.
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; used a variety of decorative techniques to decorate their own tote bag to their choice of decorative theme; completed a design folder.
Most students will: understand the design process; develop their use of the sewing computer independently; design and make a decorated tote bag following their own decorative theme; have a concept of how textiles effects the environment.
Some learners will have progressed further and will: have a thorough understanding of the design process, including researching from lots of different sources; understand the needs of the individual within the target market; evaluate throughout the design process and make modifications in light of difficulties; include a range of decorative techniques fitting their design theme, possibly adding pockets, changing the position of handles, lining pockets, adding a base/depth and using fastenings; have worked with a higher level of accuracy and finish; have a thorough understanding of how textiles effect the environment.
Students are awarded National Curriculum Levels for designing and making tasks and there is an end of module test.
How to help your child
Support them with their homework. Discuss the environmental impact of textiles and their own carbon footprint – useful information can be found at
Encourage your child to take a pride in what they make and ask them to bring home a completed design folder and product to show you. Where possible, allow your child to practice their new skills at home.