Sewing Pattern Layout Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is the most effective way to lay out a sewing pattern? This lesson plan will help you explain how to do so for students. It includes an activity to provide an opportunity for practice laying out sewing patterns.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain how sewing patterns are used
  • interpret the symbols on sewing patterns
  • summarize the necessary steps for laying out a sewing pattern


45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.


  • Several packaged sewing patterns
  • Scissors
  • Fabric in two-yard lengths
  • Straight pins


  • Begin by asking the students to consider and take turns responding to the following question:
    • If you were asked to sew a shirt, how would go about doing so?
    • What shapes would you cut the fabric into?
    • How would you size the fabric?
    • How would you determine which side of the fabric was the right side?
    • Where would you join the seams?
    • How would you keep the pieces uniform?
  • Explain to the class that a very simple way to create a piece of clothing is by using a sewing pattern.
  • Pass the packaged sewing patterns around the classroom, allowing the students to examine each one.
  • When all students have examined the sewing patterns, have them return them to you.
  • Open one of the patterns to show the class what is included.

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