A SPECIAL GIFT – Working With Fabric

Students use fabric markers and fabric crayons to create a Mother's Day hanging.

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 5


Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts


contrast emphasis line repetition rhythm shape


Polyester Fabric 25cm x 25cm (10"x10") Newsprint Paper Pad 18" x 24" Iron Shish kebab Skewers Ribbon Bristol Board 30 cm x 30 cm (12"x 12") Masking Tape Copy Paper Pencils

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A SPECIAL GIFT – Working With Fabric - Step One

Step One

Make a plan drawing on paper the size of the fabric. Press hard with the pencil so it will show through the fabric, or outline the drawing with fine line marker.

A SPECIAL GIFT – Working With Fabric - Step Two

Step Two

Tape the drawing to a piece of Bristol board.

A SPECIAL GIFT – Working With Fabric - Step Three

Step Three

Place the fabric on top of the drawing. Tape all 4 sides of the fabric to the Bristol board. Make sure it is tight and smooth.

A SPECIAL GIFT – Working With Fabric - Step Four

Step Four

Use fabric markers and fabric crayons to colour your design directly on the fabric. 

A SPECIAL GIFT – Working With Fabric - Step Five

Step Five

Remove all the tape when you are finished colouring.

A SPECIAL GIFT – Working With Fabric - Step Six

Step Six

Place the fabric face up on a pile of newsprint paper. Place a piece of newsprint paper on top of the fabric. Set the iron to cotton and slowly iron over the paper for about 30 seconds.

A SPECIAL GIFT – Working With Fabric - Step Seven

Step Seven

Remove the newsprint paper. Notice how the colours have changed because of the heat. 

A SPECIAL GIFT – Working With Fabric - Step Eight

Step Eight

Fold the top edge over and use a glue stick to glue a shish kebab skewer in the fold. (See the Four Seasons lesson plan on this website, steps 12-16 to see how to add the skewer.)
Four Seasons

Add a ribbon and glitter glue.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a fabric hanging;
  2. Use repetition of line and shape to create rhythm;
  3. Use contrast to create areas of emphasis;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.


  1. Have students create a gift card, for example the fan card found on this website at 
    I Am Your Biggest Fan
  2.  Encourage them to write a note explaining how their mother, or the person receiving the gift, is special to them. 


  1. Precut the fabric and Bristol board, enough for each student.
  2. Download the Shape and Line posters available on this website.
  3. Gather some books about Mother's Day, for example, A Gift for Mama, by Linda Ravin Lodding, How to Babysit a Grandma, by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish, The Day I Lost My Superpowers, by Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo, Someday, by Alison McGhee,  


  1. Discuss gift giving in general. Why and when do we give gifts? How do we choose the gifts we give? What are some of their favourite gifts? Read one of the books to connect with the idea of generosity.
  2. Brainstorm reasons to give mothers gifts, and ways students like to celebrate Mother's Day with their moms or special caregivers. 
  3. Introduce the challenge


The Challenge

  1. Create a fabric hanging.
  2. Use repetition of line and shape to create rhythm.
  3. Use contrast to create areas of emphasis.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Review the concepts of repetition and contrast.
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Encourage students to think of how they can use contrast to create areas of emphasis.
  5. Encourage students to always join clay using the score and slip technique.
  6. Observe students as they work. 
  7. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Place students in groups of about 6.
  2. Ask them to share thoughts about the works.
  3. During the discussion include references to: 
     Colour - How does the colour create contrast and emphasis?
    -  Shape and Line – How does repetition of shape and line add to the overall effect of the design?
    -  Technical Accomplishment - How does attention to detail contribute to the overall effect of the design?
  4. Ask volunteers to share some ideas with the whole class.


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - HANGING_tracking.pdf)
  3. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - HANGING_self-assessment.pdf, or HANGING_PRIMARY_self-assessment.pdf)