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4-H Clothing & Textiles Project

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Create a style of your own! The clothing & textile 4-H project is designed to help you explore the world of clothing through sewing or good buymanship. Fashions come and go—learn to make your own style. Discover what looks best on your body, how to make it, where to buy clothing, and how to care for fabric.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development


Learn to do laundry and read labels. Learn how to read patterns, cut fabric, sew by hand, and sew on buttons. Determine quality construction. Learn to select patterns, fabric, and notions. Learn the parts of and how to use a sewing machine.


Examine the cost savings of buying new versus used clothing and accessories. Discover your personal style through clothing and accessories. Compete in Fashion Review at State Fair. Combine two or more patterns to create a design.


Identify clothing styles that enhance figures using the principles of design. Learn about various types of retail sales. Understand the differences between natural and man-made fibers. Mentor a younger 4-H member in the project area.

4-H Programming Priorities


Volunteer to take charge of washing your family’s laundry. Organize a club field trip to a fabric store to learn about suitable fabrics for various sewing projects.

Health & Wellness

Dressing for success plays a vital role in our day to day lives and activities. Learning about personal care tools for skin and hair impacts your overall health.


Understand the composition of different fibers and fabrics. Learn how static electricity works, use vinegar to set creases or conduct heat tests.


Learn how cotton is grown and manufactured and where natural fibers/leathers come from. Did you know South Dakota produces around 1.74 million lbs. of wool annually?

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • Participate in fashion revue
  • Demonstrate basic sewing skills
  • Present about garment quality
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Community Service

  • Donate gently used or outgrown clothing
  • Organize a community clothing drive
  • Help young members select outfits
  • Teach a sewing class
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Career Connections

  • Apparel manufacturer
  • Dry cleaner
  • Fashion designer
  • Seamstress
  • Screen printer
  • Textile engineer
  • Theatrical costuming

Exhibit Ideas

  • Educational display or poster
  • Constructed clothing
  • Selected (purchased) clothing
  • Accessories
  • Recycled garments or accessories
  • Exploring textiles & sewing-curriculum
  • A 'Style of Your Own' curriculum