This is part of the "Materials" strand of the New Zealand Technology curriculum. The technological processes usually involve the use of fabrics, but may include any "soft" materials: e.g. felt, trimmings, dacron stuffing etc. The emphasis is on creativity, and how fabric and projects can be enhanced, altered, personalised and embellished. There is at least one compulsory element, plus a wide range of choices and experiments.
Year 7 Students - Two terms
Hand stitching; fabric decoration; using the overlocker, iron and sewing machines; designing, constructing, evaluating.
Compulsory: - Either a book mark or "cup cake" pin cushions, spicy mug mat, and apron or eco bag. Then a choice of: pencil case, pillow case, cushion cover, gift bag, drawstring bag, pencil holder, Christmas decoration, tissue holder, gift bag, scarf.
Year 8 Students - Two terms
Compulsory design briefs: Design and make an apron and personalize it with a creative pocket or design and make an "eco bag" for supermarket shopping.
Design and make a soft toy suitable for a young child at the Foundation of Hope Orphanage in Tanzania. These briefs are followed with a project of their own choice: device case, a Bible cover, wrist wallet, plastic bag storer, sock bag, Christmas decorations or something of their own design.