HANGING ROUND – Radial Symmetry, Pattern, Colour

Students apply their understanding of radial symmetry and pattern to create a cloth hanging using fabric markers.

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HANGING ROUND – Radial Symmetry, Pattern, Colour


  • Crayola Fabric Markers
  • Crayola Washable Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers - 12 Count
  • Polyester Cotton Fabric - 30.5 cm x 30.5cm (12" x 12") - 1 piece per student
  • Parchment Tracing Paper - 22.9 x 30.5 (9" x 12") - 1 piece per student
  • Masking Tape
  • Yarn or Ribbon
  • Bamboo Skewers - 1 per student
  • Iron
  • White Bristol Board - 30.5 cm x 30.5cm (12" x 12") - 1 piece per student


Step 1
  1. Use the template to trace a circle on the tracing paper.
  2. Cut out the circle.
  3. Fold the circle into quarters.
Step 2
  1. Cut along one fold stopping at the centre of the circle.
  2. Find the lines of symmetry on the insects you are using for this design.
  3. Draw half an insect design along each edge of a 1/4 pie section that includes the cut edge.
  4. Break your design up into interesting shapes and patterns.
Step 3
  1. Fold this section under the paper and trace the design onto the next 1/4 pie section.
  2. Unfold the paper.
  3. The quarter section is a mirror image of your original design.
  4. Fold the 1/2 pie section under and trace it onto the other half of the paper to complete the entire circle.
Step 4
  1. Tape the circle design onto a piece of white Bristol board.
  2. Place a piece of fabric on top of the design.
  3. Tape it to the Bristol board to hold it in place.
Step 5
  1. Use a small scrap of fabric to test the way the Crayola Fabric Markers will look on your fabric.
  2. Trace the drawing and colour it with the fabric markers.
Step 6
  1. Place several layers of blank newsprint on top of layers of newspaper to make an ironing pad.
  2. Remove all the tape andthe fabric from the Bristol board.
  3. Place the fabric on top of the ironing pad with the good side facing up.
  4. Place a piece of blank newsprint on top of the fabric.
  5. Set the iron to cotton.
  6. Gently run the iron back and forth over the paper for about 30 seconds making sure to cover the entire design.
    - This will to set the marker ink and make it permanent.
  7. Remove the paper.
Step 7
  1. Place the fabric on your desk with the good side facing down.
  2. Fold the edges of the fabric in about .6 cm (1/4") and glue them into place with a glue stick.
  3. Do the top last.
  4. Apply lots of glue along the top fold.
  5. Place a bamboo skewer along the glued surface.
  6. Fold the fabric over and press it into place to secure the skewer.
Step 8
  1. Attach yarn or ribbon to each end of the skewer.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Science,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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