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.