Thorp Academy (Ryton)

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Quote Totes

Developing high quality making skills is a key part of KS3 and this 'Quote Totes’ module by Rebecca Waldram from Thorp Academy in Ryton is a great way of focusing on these skills whilst still including a design element in the project. 

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The design brief students were set was 'You have been asked to design and make a tote bag for highstreet retailer Urban Outfitters decorated with a quote which will appeal to teenagers. The bag should be professionally produced from cotton calico fabric and be big enough to carry an A4 folder. The decoration should be applied using a range of different CAD/CAM textile techniques’.


Done as a year 9 module the project focuses on learning different CAD/CAM techniques such as transfer paper, garment vinyl and computerised embroidery along with the use of the heat press. Learning also includes pattern making, seams, double hems, overlocking, top stitching for construction, as well as making handles. Students also apply previous learning done on decorative techniques such as tie dye, appliqué and the use of small components. Students have the freedom to design their quote along with choosing the best technique to execute it. 

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The project is very current with the growth in cheap tote bags since the introduction of the charge for plastic carrier bags, as well as the trend for these bags to feature clever phrases and quotes. 

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