D&T Y5 Textiles Stuffed Toy Assembly lesson pack

D&T Y5 Textiles Stuffed Toy Assembly lesson pack


In our final lesson of a topic, the
children will be stuffing and assembling their toys. Firstly, they need to line up
their pieces of fabric and then secure with pins, so that the material doesn’t
move around while they’re sewing them together. We’re going to be using blanket
stitch and here’s how to do it. Thread the needle and tie a knot. You can
find our tips for teaching this in our Year 2 textiles topic, Pouches. I’d suggest using fabric and thread that are in contrasting colors so the children
can see what you’re doing more easily. Plus, blanket stitch is a decorative
stitch so we actually want the thread to stand out. Start by pushing the needle up
through the bottom of the fabric, pulling the thread almost all the way through
but leaving a small loop. Pull the needle through the loop and pull the thread tightly to secure. Repeat this for the rest of the outline but remember to leave a gap for the stuffing. For the stuffing, the children could use
a traditional filling or cotton wool or, to give their toy a different feel and sound, they could use scrunched up tissue paper or newspaper. They should take small amounts of their stuffing material and use a pencil to push it down to make sure it reaches the bottom of the toy, before adding more until it’s full. They then sew the final gap up, tying it off when they reach the end. Any appendages the children made in the
previous lesson can now be added on using a simple running stitch. And there we go- my very own stuffed toy fish!

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