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Clothing & Textiles Project

Have you ever dreamed about designing your own clothing? Learn the basics of sewing construction and how to make simple clothing and accessories. Develop skills in design and fashion illustration, business and marketing, technology in sewing, and learn about careers in the textile industry.



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Consumer Decision Making Judging Contests

Participants judge five classes in the areas of Personal Care, Entertainment & Leisure, Clothing & Textiles, Consumerism & Personal Finance, and Nutrition. Participants also have a questions class where they recall facts about the items in a class. Intermediate participants (grades 6-8) present one set of reasons and senior participants (grades 9+) present two sets of reasons to a judge. More info.

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.

Project resources

Level 1 learning goals:

Begin a portfolio of sewing projects. Gather and identify sewing tools for a sewing box; describe uses of tools; measure correctly; select appropriate fabrics; identify parts of a sewing machine.

Level 2 learning goals:

Continue to add to your portfolio of sewing projects; conduct a wardrobe inventory; understand different edge finishing techniques; make pattern adjustments; cut a pattern; machine sew a garment; compare hand and machine stitching; explore garment parts and their construction.

Level 3 learning goals:

Continue to add to your portfolio of sewing projects; explore couture techniques; describe the benefits and uses of a serger; alter a garment; explore careers in textiles and clothing.

Other online resources

Project leader resources

The STEAM Clothing series for project participants also serves as a guide for project leaders. The five volumes in the series may be purchased singly or as a set from the 4-H Mall.

  • STEAM Clothing: Beyond the Needle
  • STEAM Clothing 1: FUNdamentals
  • STEAM Clothing 2: Simply Sewing
  • STEAM Clothing 3: A Stitch Further
  • STEAM Clothing: Makers Guide to Sewing


To get involved with the 4-H Clothing & Textiles project, contact your county 4-H office.

Jan Derdowski,, 218-341-6231

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