Lesson 1: Running stitch

Children explore different examples of textiles and learn a simple running stitch, in an introduction to sewing.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To sew a running stitch

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need support threading the needle and tying the knots.


Pupils working at greater depth: May try sewing a running stitch around a corner or on two pieces of fabric (to join them).

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…
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