A skill you will need at some point in your life: sewing! Sew garments or non-wearable items to exhibit and that you can use. Garments range from simple items to a tailored suit or coat. Non-wearable items range from simple items such as basic pillows to duffle bags, window treatments, or household organizers.
How can you showcase what you learned?
Create an exhibit that shows the public what you learned! Cloverbuds can show-off any activity they complete that’s part of the Mini Before You Sew Manual. Classic 4-H members can showcase items based on their grade level.
What are the guidelines for showcasing/ exhibiting your project at the fair?
- Cloverbud 4-H members: Exhibit any and as many of the activities that you complete from Purdue’s Mini Before You Sew Manual.
- Classic 4-H members: Note--Your exhibit must include a completed Project Exhibit Card based on your grade level--
- Cloverbud 4-H members--no scorecard
- Classic 4-H members:
- Sew Much Fun Scorecard (Miscellaneous Items)
- Sew Much Fun Scorecard (Suits, Jackets, and Coats)
- Sew Much Fun Scorecard (Sewing Machine Survey)
- Sew Much Fun Scorecard (Skirts, Shorts, or Pants with Elastic Waist)
- Sew Much Fun Scorecard (Blouses, Shirts, and Vests)
- Sew Much Fun Scorecard (Construction Samples Notebook)
- Sew Much Fun Scorecard (Skirt, Shorts, or Pants with Zipper)
- Sew Much Fun Scorecard (Dresses and Jumpers)
Classic 4-H members: Could your project advance to the state fair? YesNote: Youth in grades 8-12 who sew a wearable item, and advance to the state fair, will have to choose whether to exhibit their item at the Fashion Revue (and model it) or enter it in Sewing (and not model it); youth cannot do both.
How can you learn more about this project? (e.g., manuals, workshops)
Complete the following 4-H manuals, based on your grade, to learn how to sew!
- Let's Sew: A Beginner's Guide
- Grades 3-4: Sew Much Fun Level A: Sew Simple
- Grades 5-6: Sew Much Fun Level B: Sew Smart
- Grades 7-9: Sew Much Fun Level C: Sew Fine
- Grades 10-12: Sew Much Fun Level D: And Sew On
- Sew Much Fun Helper's Guide
Visit the Indiana 4-H’s Sewing webpage for more ideas and resources.
Yes. Broader exhibit options were added so youth can enter more diverse items. “...or similar sewn clothing article…” was added to each level’s Exhibit Wearable and Non-wearable options.
Also added to the Advanced level: All senior sewing wearable exhibits (Grades 8-12) are to be made so it can be worn by the exhibitor or another person. All senior sewing (Grades 8-12) outfits exhibited in Fashion Revue must be made and worn by the exhibitor.