Pattern Design Activities for Kids
by Don McCunn

Using Darts

The Master Pattern removes "V" shaped wedges from the paper. These wedges are called darts. If you have a printer available, you can print the Master Pattern. If you do not have a printer, you can hand draw one.


The project needs a "waistband" to hold it on the bottle. The waistband will be added at the dotted line on the pattern. You can use string, a shoe lace, a 12" (30cm) pipe cleaner, or elastic hair band for a waistband.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
  1. Cut out a copy of the Master Pattern.
  1. Put a short length of tape on one side of a dart just under the dotted line.
  1. Pull the dart closed by matching the two dotted lines. Now press the tape to the other side of the dart.
Step 4 Step 5 Step 6
  1. Add more lengths of tape along the dart to keep it closed.
  1. Repeat Steps 2 to 4 for the other dart.
  1. Place a hair band on the dotted line between the two darts.
Step 7 Step 8 Step 9
  1. Fold the top of the pattern over the hair band and tape it in place.
  1. On each side of the darts, fold the pattern over the hair band, then tape it in place.
  1. Place the paper over the top of the wine bottle and pull it down.