Lesson 1: Cross-stitch and appliqué

The children are introduced to cross stitch and the decorative sewing technique appliqué and experiment with trying these stitches independently.

Learning objective

  • To learn how to sew cross-stitch and appliqué

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

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need support threading the needle and knotting the thread.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should ensure that their stitches support the shape of the patch and can try using reverse appliqué technique.

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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