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Textiles

Soft toys

Soft toys can provide comfort for a young child and can encourage their development through creative play.Using different materials, approaches and sewing techniques design and make a soft toy for a young child.

The starting point for the project is for pupils to experiment with felt and fillings and complete a no sew cushion.

During the course, pupils gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the use of materials commonly used in making Textile products including;

Knowledge and understanding of the basic textiles equipment; how to select the appropriate tools and equipment and use it safely and effectively

Awareness of alternative tools and equipment that can be used for the same task

Safety checks to carry out on electrical equipment before use

Checks on equipment before use including correct settings for sewing machines and irons.

A basic understanding of a range of processes used in the making of Textile items such as:

Use of patterns or templates to cut fabric to make products

methods of transferring pattern

temporary methods of joining

permanent methods of joining fabrics by hand and machine

different types of hand stitches that can be used for decorative purposes

methods of neatening edges, methods of attaching fastenings and other pre-manufactured components

methods of colouring fibres and fabric and applying pattern, e.g. tie-dye, batik, block print, diffusing, transfer printing, using commercial pens and paints, techniques using fabric and thread, including quilting, appliqué, computer controlled stitching, freestyle machine embroidery, and patchwork.