This 4-H project is designed to help you explore the world of clothing. Fashions fade – learn to make your style your own and timeless in the clothing project. Discover what looks best on your body, how to make it, where to buy it, and how to care for it.

  • Express yourself through creating and planning an exciting wardrobe
  • Develop skills to purchase and make clothing
  • Learn how to use equipment to make and care for your clothes
  • Make clothes for yourself and others

Ideas for Project Area Learning!

  • Learn sewing machine parts, sewing tools, and how to sew on buttons
  • Examine the cost savings of buying new versus used clothing and accessories
  • Understand how fabrics are made from fibers
  • Learn how to sew garments using patterns and the elements of design 
  • Discover your personal image through clothing and accessories
  • Compare different fabrics, yarns, and finishes
  • Discover how to sew garments integrating the principles of design
  • Learn the pros and cons of different types of retail sales, various methods to pay for clothing, and techniques for assessing product advertisements
  • Understand the differences between natural and manmade fibers

Share What You Learn With Others!


  • Design a poster identifying sewing machine parts and proper care of a sewing machine
  • Create a 4-H video demonstrating how to sew on a button
  • Teach others how to use a sewing machine to create decorative pillows

Civic Engagement

  • Collect teen sized jeans and donate to a local shelter or Goodwill store
  • Volunteer to sort and clean donated clothing at second-hand stores
  • Organize a community clothing drive


  • Make a stain removal chart for your family's laundry area.  Collect and organize all items needed in the chart to make stain removal easier for your family
  • Assist family members in going through their closets to recycle no longer worn clothing
  • Bring your family together to organize a clothing garage sale

Exhibit Ideas

  • Select multiple fabrics and compare what the fabrics are made of, durability, wrinkle resistance, absorbency, colorfastness, and proper care
  • Show how to make basic clothing repairs with a needle and thread
  • Illustrate how integrating design elements and principles can flatter body shapes and positively impact peoples’ first impressions
  • Create a poster identifying the quality of fabrics based on type of fibers, yarn, construction, finish, and coloring methods
  • Describe process of sorting laundry and the effects of water temperature, detergent, bleach, and softener on fabrics