Life Skills Functional and Aesthetic Features of Textile Items

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Teach your Life Skills students about the functional and aesthetic features of textile items with this fun and engaging resource!

Students learn about the meaning of function and aesthetics in textiles before examining examples of function and aesthetics in everyday textile items in the PowerPoint. Students can then answer a series of questions and complete activities in the corresponding worksheet, which also encourages them to consider real world examples.

Also included in this resource pack is a lesson plan with teacher instructions to help make implementing this resource in the classroom a breeze!

This resource has been designed to meet outcomes and syllabus dot points from the Life Skills Design area of study of the NSW NESA Textiles Technology syllabus, however it can be used with students across a range of learning levels.

Pack includes:

  • 1 x 11-slide Life Skills Functional and Aesthetic Features of Textile Items PowerPoint.
  • 1 x 4-page Life Skills Functional and Aesthetic Features of Textile Items worksheet (PDF).
  • Lesson plan with teacher instructions.


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  • explore examples of functional and aesthetic features used in a range of everyday clothing and household items, for example:
    • zipper required for a jacket to close
    • gathers in pants to give volume and shape
    • buttons and stitching to add colour
    • elastic in a waistband for size and comfort
    • hemmed edges on towels to finish the edge, give strength and stability
    • hems on the bottom of a curtain to add weight
    • patterns, colours and textures on cushions for aesthetic qualities, eg linking features or a theme within a space


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