Love fashion or want to learn to sew? Enroll in the Clothing Construction Project or the Artistic Clothing Project. 

Clothing Construction Project

  • Learn the basics of sewing and make:
    • A pillow
    • A top
    • A bottom
    • A dress
    • or more!
  • Explore different tools, learn how to use a pattern, and discover different types of fabric
  • Participate in the Fashion Revue

Artistic Clothing Project

  • Take an old item and make it new through Upcycle Your Style
  • Create fun sewing projects (toys, stuffed animals, bags, and more) in Creative Sewing
  • Explore a topic, like lace, how to make your own pattern, or history of fashion in Create Your Own
  • Learn how to build a wardrobe and make smart clothing purchases in Buymanship
  • Participate in the Fashion Revue

Looking for quilting? You'll find it in the Heritage Arts Project

2024 Sewing Workshops

Enrolling a sewing-related project? Mark your calendars!

All workshops will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the McKee 4-H Building at The Ranch in Loveland. Please bring your sewing machine and/or needed supplies.

  • January 27 - Berthoud/Loveland Rooms, McKee
    • This workshop is open to everyone.  Make a craft with us using a sewing machine. Learn more about sewing projects. Space is limited so registration is required.
  • February 10 - Timnath/LaPorte Rooms, McKee
    • How to Sew Zippers & Buttons for Unit 2 or above
  • March 9 - Timnath/LaPorte Rooms, McKee
    • An Overview of Fabric & Patterns (and how to pick)
  • March 30 - Loveland/Fort Collins Rooms, McKee
    • Project Orientation 
  • April 20 - Timnath/LaPorte Rooms, McKee
    • Unit 1 Pillowcase
    • You can also bring your own project to work on.  Project volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide support.
  • May 11 - Timnath/LaPorte Rooms, McKee
    • Unit 1 Elastic Waist Skirt (part 1)
    • You can also bring your own project to work on.  Project volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide support.
  • June 1 - Loveland/Fort Collins Rooms, McKee
    • Unit 1 Elastic Waist Skirt (part 2)
    • You can also bring your own project to work on.  Project volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide support.

Our project leaders are here to help 4-H members be successful their projects. They can answer questions before you purchase anything. Below is a general list to help you get started:

Clothing Construction Project: 

  • Fabric: Members will need access to fabric for their project. First-year members should use 100% woven cotton. 
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper Scissors
  • Sewing pattern
  • Sewing pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing Machine: Members will need access to a sewing machine. The Larimer County Extension office has three sewing machines members can check out for the duration of their project if needed. 
  • Attend the Clothing Construction workshops
  • Thread
  • Seam ripper
  • Tape measure / ruler
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Optional: seam gauge, needles for hand sewings (we recommend sharps or size 7, 8, or 9)

Artistic Clothing Project: 

  • Clothing to upcycle or fabric to create something new.
  • Materials to upcycle or create something new. The materials you need will depend on your project, but may include:
    • Fusible items
    • Fabric Paint
    • Fabric Dye
    • Beads
    • Scissors
    • Thread
    • Seam ripper
    • General craft supplies
    • Optional: sewing machine (the Larimer County Extension office has three sewing machines members can check out for the duration of their project if needed)
    • Sewing patterns
    A 4-H member shows off the dress she made.  The dress is blue cotton with a dolman sleeve.

    Clothing Construction Units 1-3 Manuals: Project manuals are received through the Larimer County 4-H Extension office. These will be distributed to 4-H members through their organizational leaders (club leaders) after enrollment is complete. 

    Other manuals are available on the Colorado 4-H Website

    Your e-Record is an important part of completing your 4-H project! Each project you enroll in will have its own e-Record. We recommend downloading and starting on it right away.  Please note, if your project also uses a manual, the manual is different from the e-Record. 

    We have more information about how to fill out your e-record here.

    2023 - 2024 Clothing Construction Record Book (PDF)

    2023 - 2024 Clothing Construction Record Book (DOCX)

    2023 - 2024 Artistic Clothing Record Book (PDF)

    2023 - 2024 Artistic Clothing Record Book (DOCX)


    Participating in the Larimer County Fair?

    If you choose to participate in the Larimer County Fair, your e-Record will be turned in during Interview Judging Day. Before coming to the fair, please print out your e-Record and place it in a 3-ring binder. The front cover should have the 4-H'ers name, unit number, and project.

    Project units 1, 2, & 4 are designed for members 8-18 years old. Project unit 3 is designed for members 11-18 years old.

    STEAM Unit 1

    Learn how to use a sewing machine, basic tools, and read a sewing pattern.  Youth enrolled can choose to sew:

    • A pillowcase or pillow
    • A simple top
    • A simple bottom
    • A simple dress

    STEAM Unit 2

    Build on skills from Unit 1 by making a more complex item.  Your item can include buttons, zippers, a set-in sleeve, or use knit fabric.  Youth enrolled can choose to sew: 

    • A top
    • A bottom
    • A skirt
    • A dress
    • A romper or jumpsuit
    • A two-piece outfit

      STEAM Unit 3 (Advanced)

      Build on skills from Units 1  & 2.  Construct a garment while trying new fabrics and advanced techniques, including: 

      • Rolled hems
      • Indivisible zippers
      • Princess seams
      • Advanced seam finishes
      • Welt pockets
      • and more!

      Sewing for Others Unit 4

      Make garments for others and learn how to:

      • Take accurate measurements
      • Adjust patterns
      • Keep accurate records 


      Upcycle Your Style

      Learn how to alter an existing item of clothing with tools and textile crafts, including: 

      • Jewels
      • Puff paints
      • Appliques
      • Tie-dye
      • Embroidery
      • Quilting
      • Beading
      • and more! 

      Creative Sewing

      Learn new sewing techniques by constructing a special interest project such as:

      • Costumes
      • Doll clothing
      • Stuffed animals
      • Book bags
      • Sleeping bags
      • Accessories

      Recycled Clothing

      Create something new from something old.  Find an old item made of fabric and sew it into a garment. 

      Create Your Own (Intermediate/ Senior Only)

      • Explore a topic of interest, such as
        • Learn about lace
        • Pattern design
        • Study historic costumes
        • Explore careers
      • Create an article or display to show what you've learned.

      Buymanship (Intermediate/ Senior Only)

      • Learn styles/colors that flatter body types
      • Understand design, fabric, and color
      • Understand clothing care and construction
      • Coordinate with existing wardrobe
      • Purchase and put together an outfit that fits your outlined goals.

      Thinking about signing up? Already enrolled but have questions? Contact us.

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