Sewing and Service-learning
Do you have 4‐H Clubs and members in your area looking for a community service project? There are children across the world who would be grateful for one new dress or pair of shorts to wear. Here is an opportunity to put sewing skills to use by creating something special for children and adults in need. This packet contains a few ideas and resources to get you started.
What can you do?
- Host a fashion camp and include a service project as one of your workshop projects.
- Host a club or parishwide community service event inviting anyone who can sew, iron, cut and/or provide fabric, sewing machines and sewing notions.
- Start a sewing group that meets regularly. Welcome friends who don’t sew because people are needed to cut fabric and iron, too. They may also be encouraged to try sewing.
- Set up a sewing tent booth at the local parish fair. Teach others to sew simple quilt squares together. Have these squares sewn into quilts for a local facility.
- Make the dresses/shorts, hats or blankets via assembly line to work faster.
- Challenge other groups to participate as well. Challenge your local church groups, members of the senior citizen center and other youth groups to sew service projects, too!
- Use social media such as Facebook or your email list to ask for donations of fabric, bias tape, elastic or money for your project.
- Find a local family, school or organization that could benefit from one of the many projects included in this booklet.
- Search online for the many more organizations that need volunteers with sewing skills.
For these and other ideas, check out the packet below.