Year 7 – DT – Textiles 1

Textiles Year 7: Recycled Bunting Project

Design Brief
To design and make some bunting out of recycled materials to decorate a part of the house or an outdoor space.

Task 1:

As part of your project you will be researching the theme of recycling and investigating the type of bunting you could make. It is important to think of a starting point. A mind map is very useful. Using a powerpoint slide or plain piece of paper to create a mind map of your initial thoughts.

Tips for mind map

Where could it go?

What could you make it out of?

What theme could you use?

Who is going to be using it?

What colours could you use?

Challenge Task

Write a summary of your ideas so far.

Task Two:

To continue the project it is important to have a bit of information about recycling. Have a look at the video clip below and then answer the questions below to test your understanding.

Video clip questions

How is plastic made?

What is a landfill site?

What happens to plastic in landfill?

What can happen if plastic goes into the ocean?

What does biodegrade mean?

What is the process of recycling?

Challenge Task

Write a list of things we can do to improve the environment to make it more sustainable.

Task 3:

Start to research ideas for your decorative bunting.

Gather pictures using google to search.

Helpful tips

Plastics bottle are broken down to make many things including fabric such as polyester. There are lots of products that can be broken down and reused into something else.

– Include: materials you could use, styles of bunting that already exist, theme ideas.

-Use your mind map to help.

Challenge Task

Explain why you have included each picture.

Task 4:

Look at your design brief, mind map, recycling research and your moodboard and write a design specification using the headings below. Remember to write in full sentences.

What is a design specification?

design specification is a detailed list that provides information about what the product you are designing must have or needs to have. For example;

‘My bunting must have inspired by the summer and be made out of recycled materials.’

Aspects to consider in your specification
  • recycling research
  • appropriate materials
  • who is it for?
  • attractiveness
  • Where will it go?
  • Safety issues
  • Quality
  • Size
Specification writing frame

Aesthetics – What will your bunting look like?

Customer – Who is your bunting for?

Cost – How much would you sell it for?

Environment – What environment will it be used in?

Safety – How will you make it safe for the user?

Size – How big will it be?

Function – What will it be used for?

Materials – What is it going to be made of?

Learning check

Check below to see if you have thought of all these point when writing your specification

  • I have used full sentences to explain what the product will be like using ACCESSFM
  • I have used correct spelling and DT language to write a detailed specification.
  • The specification closely links to research material.
  • I have given reasons for each point I have written.
Challenge task

Justify all your specification points. This means explain ‘why’ for each point.

Well done! This is week one of four to make your bunting. Please contact your teacher if you have any problems.

GOOD LUCK!