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Sewing 4-H Project Area

This curriculum provides ways for you to create garments and unique costumes. Buying strategies, accessorizing, apparel design, recycling, starting a business, and the social and psychological influences of clothing are featured.

Four 4-H Sewing Project Manuals from Shop4H

The 4-H Sewing project area consists of three project manuals. Each manual covers three years of activities.  

If a member completes the 9 years of project manuals, they can work with their county Extension professionals to determine their learning opportunities for their remaining 4-H years.


Each year, 4-H members should complete 7 sewing activities in the project manual as well as the planning pages at the beginning of the manual.  Record in your work in a notebook, including the what, when, where, and how you accomplished each selected “More Challenges” activity. Include your notebook with your project book for grading.

Download a copy of the scoresheet to determine what is expected for project completion.

Exhibit Ideas

  • Sewing 1 – Exhibit ideas include poster or display on basic sewing kit tools with descriptions; a sewing machine with machine parts and purposes identified; seam finishes with a comparison chart; a sewing project completed (e.g. pillowcase, tote bag, nine-patch pillow, pajama pants, drawstring bag) in Under Construction.
  • Sewing 2 – Exhibit ideas include poster or display on three methods of fabric construction; natural fibers versus man-made fibers; pressing equipment and uses; steps in setting a product’s price; a sewing project completed (e.g. jacket, dress, skirt, pants, pillow cover) in Fashion Forward.
  • Sewing 3 –Exhibit ideas include poster or display on five specialized sewing tools and their use; three new laundry products and their use; comparison between purchased item and homemade item; patterns designed for two different figure types; or a sewing project completed (e.g. jacket, vest, wall hanging, windsock, bedspread, pillow) in Refine Design.

How Do I Sign Up?

Screenshot of 4-H ZSuite enrollment page to select project

The first step is to create an enrollment in our ZSuite website.

Enroll in 4-H ZSuite

When you get to the CLUBS tab of the enrollment, you will want to ADD PROJECT.

For Sewing, you should search for:


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