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Time to spring into fashion with 4-H

Benefits of the 4-H Clothing and Textile Project

There are many benefits of learning how to sew.These benefits allow one to have fun, be creative and feel accomplished while making items for oneself or others, saving money, and learning something new.

The 4-H clothing and textile project provides youth with an opportunity to use their sewing skills and sense of fashion. This project allows them to plan, construct and model their wares. Explore the world of textiles and fashion , youth learn about fibers and fabric, design elements and art principles, as well as how to safely use sewing equipment. In addition to clothing, youth can use their sewing skills to sew accessories, items for the home, or a community service project.

How to Get Involved

Beginning sewers in St. Johns County are encouraged to attend the beginning sewing camp offered each summer. Youth sewers are taught the basics of sewing by hand and machine. Youth learn how to thread and use a sewing machine and a variety of cutting and marking tools. They also learn how to cut out and follow a pattern. Once these basic skills are learned, youth may join the 4-H sewing club that meets monthly from September through May. More advanced sewing skills are developed at the 4-H club level. This provides youth an opportunity to better tailor and personalize their clothing selections.

Once garments are completed, youth can take part in the 4-H Fashion Conference Judging and Fashion Revue. These spring events are scheduled for April and take place at the St. Johns County Extension Office. Conference judging evaluates youth on their communication skills such as their ability to express themselves, knowledge of subject matter, attitude toward project work, and politeness. Taking part in the 4-H Fashion Revue allows youth to be evaluated on their modeling abilities, poise and the fit and design of their garment.

4-H youth are encouraged to continue the development of their communication skills by competing with a 4-H demonstration related to clothing, textiles or fashion. 4-H youth are also expected to use such skills to lead or take part in a community service project. More information on the St. Johns County 4-H Fashion Revue can be found here.

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