Designer Bags

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Years 5-6
Ages 9-11
First published 2007

In this textiles unit of work children learn a range of techniques for working with textiles through designing and making designer bags. They look at bags for a variety of users and purposes and learn that designers must address a range of needs when designing bags, including appearance, safety, comfort, practicality and size. They will learn about making accurate patterns/templates and detailed working drawings and how to pin, sew and stitch materials including using a sewing machine. The emphasis is on making a quality product and on developing their making and finishing skills.

The set of resources includes:

  • Two posters: ‘Buttons, Clips, Zips and Straps’ and ‘Bags of Inspiration’
  • An article from D&T Primary including a lesson plan
  • Helpsheet
  • Unit of Work
  • Two PowerPoints on Exploring Bags and Using Sewing Machines
  • Worksheets covering Investigating Bags, Design Ideas and Evaluations
  • Short video of finished bags in a display.

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