Clothing & Textile Projects    Objectives

Sewing

Would you like to learn how to sew?  In this project, 4-H members learn to operate a sewing machine.  Start by learning to sew a straight seam and smooth curves.  Then work your way up to casings, zippers, buttonholes, and more.  Besides making your own clothing, you can make lots of other things out of fabric—duffle bags, tote bags, pillows and other items for your room.  It’s for both guys and girls of all ages.  Learning to sew is a real life engineering and construction project. More...

 

Textiles

People most often think of clothing when they hear the word “textiles.”  Did you know that textiles are used in all sorts of things, from automotive parts to human hearts? 

 

Needlework

Maybe you’re the creative type and want to create beautiful designs using needles and thread or yarn.  Learn to crochet, knit, embroider, quilt, or tat.  Once you learn the skill, the sky is the limit on what you can create!  More...

 

Fashion

Fashionista or not, we all wear clothes and want to look our best.  The “Fashion Magic” project helps you make smart consumer decisions.  You’ll look in your closet to see what you already have, then determine how to spend your clothing dollars wisely.   Learn to look cool without spending all of your allowance!  More...

 

To get a project book and see if there are 4-H Clubs near you, contact your county's Extension agent for 4-H youth development.

More opportunities...

  • State 4-H Fashion Leadership Board:  Is leadership your thing?  Each year, up to 16 teens will be selected statewide to provide leadership to 4-H fashion projects at the state level.  More...
  • Fair Entries for 2016:  Lots of members like to exhibit the things they've made in the county fair.  Judges compare the quality of the member's work to a list of standards that make up a good product.   Maybe your entry will be selected to represent your county in the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.  More...
  • State 4-H Fashion Revue: Many counties host a 4-H fashion revue or similar activity where youth involved in a fashion-related project can show the garments they made or outfits coordinated during the year.  The State 4-H Fashion Revue is the featured event on Wednesday evening of Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference in June. Throughout the year, the 4-H Fashion Leadership Board plans the stage decorations, writes the script and choreographs the show.  The revue culminates with the selection of finalists and a champion. 

  • State 4-H Sewing Skillathon:  A skillathon is where members put their sewing knowledge and skills to the test. County teams of junior members and individual senior members compete at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville in August.  More...

  

To learn what's happening in 4-H in your county, contact your county's Extension agent for 4-H youth development.

 

State Contact: Marjorie Baker, Extension Associate for Clothing & Textiles, Office: 245 Scovell Hall, University of Kentucky; Mailing address: 245 Scovell Hall, Lexington, KY 40546; Phone: 859-257-7772; Fax: 859-257-7565; Email: mbake4@uky.edu.

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