Lesson 1: Joining fabrics

Pupils explore and evaluate different ways to join fabrics together, including glueing, pinning and stapling.

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To join fabrics together using different methods

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: may need support with aligning fabrics and with recalling the steps for each type of join.

Pupils working at greater depth: may need to be pushed to consider which methods of joining fabrics might be suitable for different situations.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Tom Turnham,  
Design & Technology specialist
Tom has been a teacher for seven years and, as Head of Upper School at The Belham Primary School, he has a keen interest in young people and good causes. For the past seventeen years he has volunteered with various…
Find out more