About the 4-H Sewing Project
Learn how to sew wearable and non-wearable items of increasing difficulty as you progress and building your sewing skills over time. Garments can range from simple items to a tailored suit or coat. Non-wearable items can be pillows, duffle bags, window treatments, household organizers, etc.
For wearable items, you can take to the runway to showcase what you made at Fashion Revue events.
Contact the Marion County 4-H office:
Sewing Project Manuals
You can learn more about the sewing project by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your grade level:
- Sew Much Fun Level A: Sew Simple (Grades 3-4)
- Sew Much Fun Level B: Sew Smart (Grades 5-6)
- Sew Much Fun Level C: Sew Fine (Grades 7-9)
- Sew Much Fun Level D: And Sew On (Grades 10-12)
- Sew Much Fun Helper’s Guide
Project manuals may also be available to purchase at the Marion County Extension office, and older editions of manuals (if available) are free. Contact us to ask about availability!
Keep track of what you have learned using a sewing record sheet:
- Sew Much Fun Level A: Grade 3 Record Sheet
- Sew Much Fun Level A: Grade 4 Record Sheet
- Sew Much Fun Level B: Grade 5 Record Sheet
- Sew Much Fun Level B: Grade 6 Record Sheet
- Sew Much Fun Level C: Grade 7 Record Sheet
- Sew Much Fun Level C: Grades 8-9 Record Sheet
- Sew Much Fun Level D: Grades 10-12 Record Sheet
Showcasing What You’ve Learned
You can create a project exhibit to showcase what you’ve learned while working on your project. You can enter any items you have sewn based on your grade level at the Marion County 4-H Showcase. You can also model what you have made for judges at Fashion Revue!
- Sewing Skills and Techniques by Grade Level
- Wearable Sewing Exhibit Guidelines
- Non-wearable Sewing Exhibit Guidelines
- Fashion Revue Exhibit Guidelines
- Your exhibit must include a completed Project Exhibit Card based on your grade level:
- Sew Much Fun Score Card (Skirts, Shorts, or Pants with Elastic Waist)
- Sew Much Fun Score Card (Blouses, Shirts, and Vests)
- Sew Much Fun Score Card (Skirt, Shorts, or Pants with Zipper)
- Sew Much Fun Score Card (Miscellaneous Items)
- Sew Much Fun Score Card (Dresses and Jumpers)
- Sew Much Fun Score Card (Suits, Jackets, and Coats)
- Sew Much Fun Score Card (Sewing Machine Survey)
- Sew Much Fun Score Card (Construction Samples Notebook)
- Quilt Score Card
- Fashion Revue Score Card
Advancing to the State Fair
- Yes! Sewing clothing project exhibits from 4-H members grades 3 and up are eligible to advance to the State Fair. 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.
Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
- You can exhibit any and as many of the activities that you complete from the Mini 4-H Before You Sew Manual.
- Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.
More Sewing Project Resources
- See Indiana 4-H’s sewing and Fashion Revue project page for more resources.