Seam Samples Lesson Plan

Time: Multiple classes


  • The student will create a number of different seams and finishes with accuracy, consistency, and precision.


  • Bring in some clothing with different seams and have the students try to identify the different seam finishes. Discuss the pros and cons of each of the seam finishes.


  • Scrap Material
  • Colored Thread (that will contrast with scrap material’s color)
  • Sewing Machines
  • Scissors
  • Colored Paper
  • Stapler


  • For a more advanced group, you can have them read how to make each seam sample and complete it on their own.


  • Have the students make all the machine seams finishes.
  • Have the students make all the hand sewing samples.
  • Have the students compile their seam finishes describing how to make each one in a book format with a table of contents.



[album: Finishes/]



  • Seam Finish Definitions (Word)
  • Seam Finish Definitions 2 (Word)
  • Directions for Constructing Seam Finishes (Word)
  • Directions for Constructing Seams (Word)
  • Seam Sample Book Table of Contents (Word)

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2 comments for “Seam Samples Lesson Plan

  1. Chyrisse Miller
    October 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

    thank you so much for sharing this! I love your lesson plans. CMiller, Austin, TX

  2. Cecille Arbour
    November 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I am preparing to assist with a fashion and photography initiative in January. I am a teacher's aide volunteer who has worked with a silkscreen artist to add a design to a bolt of material. It was for participants of a carnival parade in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. A high school student, silkscreen artist named Sonny from Tilletts Gardens, a parent, and i all collaborated to create a pair of shorts for the in line skating team Carnival troupe.

    Do you have a lesson plan template you found helpful when assisting designer, seamstress instructors, and more?

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