D&T KS2 Y3 Textiles Cushions Cross Stitch and Appliqué

D&T KS2 Y3 Textiles Cushions Cross Stitch and Appliqué


In this lesson the children are learning
how to sew cross stitch and appliqué with you demonstrating to them first.
Cross stitch is useful as it not only looks attractive but it’s also stronger than
running stitch. Appliqué is basically a fancy patch! Begin by threading the needle, either by
wiggling it up and down until it goes through or by using a needle threader. Then, tie a knot approximately 2cm from the end of the thread. I find a good tip is to wrap the thread
around your finger and hold it in place with your thumb to make an X, before
pulling it through the gap. Then decide which are going to be the bottom and top
pieces of your material and starting from the bottom go up to the top side
and make a small stitch of about half a centimetre and go back down to the
underside. Repeat, but this time the stitch will cross the last stitch at a
right angle making a cross. Show the children how to prod the
material slightly with a needle first but without piercing it so they can see
where the stitch will be going. The children should be aiming for their
stitches to be consistent in size and pulled tight and close together There are two types of appliqué: regular
and reverse. We’ll look at regular appliqué first. Begin by neatly cutting the shape
you want out of material and laying it on top of your other piece; contrasting
colours or textures work really well. Then, using cross stitch or running stitch, sew
around the edge of the shape to attach it to your material.
I suggest that running stitch is the easier of the two to use.
Your more able children may want to try reverse applique, placing the patch of fabric
underneath the main piece and again sewing it on using either running or
cross stitch then cutting inside the stitching to reveal the patch below. Both the cross stitch and applique can be used for practical fixing but they’re
also great for making items look aesthetically attractive.

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