Lesson 5: Sewing a t-shirt

Using their tie-dyed t-shirt from Lesson 2, children sew a shape or fabric weave onto the front, inspired by their mood board

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To sew designs onto a t-shirt to personalise it

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including sewing

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Less dextrous children may need help to thread the needle and some may need thimbles to avoid pricking their fingers.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should use smaller, neater stitches which line up.

Could investigate other stitches, e.g. back stitch or blanket stitch.

Should attempt to add woven fabric in their t-shirt.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comicA series of drawings which tell a story characters and…
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