Clothing & Textiles

The 4-H clothing and textiles project will help you acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, select, make, assemble and care for suitable clothing for work, school and social events. If you have already signed up for this 4-H project, come on in and get started. If you haven’t signed up yet, contact your county 4-H office and become a member today. So, get ready to have fun and learn a lot as you participate in your project. 

Create a project plan and record your project successes.

It’s “Sew” Easy

This lesson implements the use of making an autograph bunny as a demonstrative tool for the importance of following directions. The process of sewing this bunny keeps youth engaged throughout the process. Visuals and handouts are used as reinforcing tools for the youth.​

Clothing and Textiles Mini-Lessons

Information for Project Leaders

Additional Resources

Looking for ideas for hands-on projects in Clothing and Textiles? Follow these links to fashion, clothing, and textiles ideas and activities from other states:

  • Style Engineers: Fashion through Science ( 4-Hers will have fun while learning all about fabrics and designs. Modules include: Marvelous Materials = Explores the exciting world of fabrics and how each affects designs; Smart Clothing = How to light up fabric using LED lights; Pattern Making = the nature patterns including simple projects totes and bags and draping.

Follow these links to some great online resources from companies and individuals well-known for projects and ideas that will elevate your learning and provide you with additional resources. Some of these resources offer membership, but you can find great information without becoming a member, including free project instructions, sewing tips, videos and “how-tos”.

  • So Sew Easy ( A sewing blog focusing on free sewing patterns and easy sewing tips and tutorials for new and improving sewers.
  • It’s Sew Easy the place for creative and contemporary sewing with instructions, videos, patterns and projects presented by leading sewing experts
  • Make and display a poster about caring for your clothes
  • Donate gently used clothes to a needy family or local charity
  • Repair or alter clothing for your family and friends
  • Make an autograph bear; donate to a fire station, children’s hospital, etc.
  • Make a simple fleece scarf; donate to a homeless shelter or give to senior citizens
  • Make a small decorative pillow; give to organizations working with foster children, nursing homes, etc.
  • Make a pillowcase dress with pillowcase or fabric and ribbon; give to international mission or Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Outreach
  • Make finger puppets out of fleece or felt and give to Operation Christmas child Shoebox Outreach
  • More Community Service Project Ideas