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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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.
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Clothing & Textiles Project resources
Beginning to learn about clothing & textiles:
- Consumer Savvy 1 ($3.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Let's Sew - A Beginner's Sewing Guide ($7.25 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
Some experience with this project:
Looking for a challenge:
- Sewing Expressions - Refine Design - Find this in the 4-H Mall.
- Consumer Savvy 3 - Consumer Roadmap - Find this in the 4-H Mall.
- Design a Garment
Project leader resources
- Clothing and Recycling
- Sewing Expressions - Helper's Guide ($3.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Sewing Expressions -Set of 4 ($15.40 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Consumer Savvy - Helper's Guide ($3.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Creating Textile Accessories
- Bag It! (142 KB)
- Casserole Carriers (1030 KB)
- Collage Banner (45 KB)
- Curling Iron Caddy (850 KB)
- Hair Ruffle (866 KB)
- Holes and More Holes (42 KB)
Project meeting outlines
- Affordable, Adorable Aprons (51 K PDF)
- Coordinating Colors and Patterns (10 K PDF)
- Fabric Differences(42 K PDF)
- Hats and Scarves (73 K PDF)
- Pinning and Cutting (64 K PDF)
- Sewing a Button (42 K PDF)
- Sewing a Hot pad (44 K PDF)
- Tote Bags (78 K PDF)
- Key Ring Holiday Ornament (306 KB)
- License to Drive (62 KB)
- Placemat Apron (345 KB)
- Potpourri Hot Pad (1850 KB)
- Puppet Party (134 KB)
- Quick Quilt Ornament Coaster (23 MB PDF)
- Soda Can Insulator (286 KB)
- Stitch It! (308 KB)
- Wheelchair Bag (730 KB)
- Sew 1 Certificate (515 K PDF)
- Sew 2 Certificate (516 K PDF)
- Sew 3 Certificate(515 K PDF)
- Sewing Medallion ($7.50 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
Other online resources
4-H Youth record keeping
- Clothes you buy evaluation sheet (39 K PDF)
- Clothes you make evaluation sheet (39 K PDF)
- Fashion revue evaluation sheet (42 K PDF)
- Quilting evaluation sheet (38 K PDF)
To get involved with the 4-H Clothing & Textiles project, contact your county 4-H office.
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