MAKING A DIFFERENCE NEWSLETTER - Issue 1, Volume 18 (Jan 2018) Issue 1 Volume 18 (Jan 2018) - Page 5

Harris County 4-H offers workshops, summer camps and contests to develop abilities in project areas such as: food and nutrition education, clothing construction and buying, fashion design, entrepreneurship, community service, consumer education, public speaking and recordkeeping. Volunteer recruitment and training is essential to grow the 4-H programs.

4-H Project Runway offers youth and adults opportunities to learn how to sew. Two 4-H Sew FUN workshops were held to engage youth members in project work and train Adult Leaders to lead clothing construction lessons. This workshop was offered at two different locations to reach out to 4-H Clubs on both the west and east sides of the Harris County. The Sew FUN workshops were held in Dec 2nd at Trini Mendenhall Community Center and Dec 9th at the Houston Food Bank. Participants learned how to use a pattern, take measurements and operate a sewing machine. Construction of a chef apron required participants to finish all edges with a double rolled hem, top stitch, finish and attached a double front pocket and make the ties for the neck and sides. Information was provided on additional opportunities to use clothing and textiles skills in 4-H Fashion Show, Duds to Dazzle and Fashion Storyboard contests.

Sew FUN was a chance for mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, grandmothers and granddaughters to sew a project together. This was a “first time” sewing experience for 19 of the 35 of attendees. The Extension facility at 3033 Bear Creek was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey along with all of the 4-H resources that supported the clothing and textiles project. Sew FUN program was made possible by collaboration with local and national partners. The Sewing Machine Project of Monona Wisconsin donated eighteen Bernia sewing machines to the Harris County 4-H for teaching this workshop. The Youth of Texas 4-H Club and the Houston Food Bank provided access to their facilities. Six volunteers contributed 35 hours in educational support.

All of the thirty-five participants completed a “Chef Apron” project, learned to use a sewing machine and gained skills in clothing construction. Eight new 4-H Adult Project Leaders from five 4-H Clubs were trained to lead projects at the club level. Participants reported satisfaction with the learning experience and inquired about additional workshops to further improve sewing skills.

4-H Sew FUN Workshop

Harris County 4-H offers workshops, summer camps and contests to develop abilities in project areas such as: food and nutrition education, clothing construction and buying, fashion design, entrepreneurship, community service, consumer education, public speaking and recordkeeping. 4-H Project Runway offers youth and adults opportunities to learn how to sew.

Two 4-H Sew FUN workshops were held to engage youth members in project work and train Adult Leaders to lead clothing construction lessons. This workshop was offered at two different locations to reach out to 4-H Clubs on both the west and east sides of the Harris County. The Sew FUN workshops were held in December 2nd at Trini Mendenhall Community Center and December 9th at the Houston Food Bank. Participants learned how to use a pattern, take measurements and operate a sewing machine. Construction of a chef apron required participants to finish all edges with a double rolled hem, top stitch, finish and attached a double front pocket and make the ties for the neck and sides. Information was provided on additional opportunities to use clothing and textiles skills in 4-H Fashion Show, Duds to Dazzle and Fashion Storyboard contests.

Sew FUN was a chance for mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, grandmothers and granddaughters to sew a project together. This was a “first time” sewing experience for 19 of the 35 of attendees. Sew FUN program was made possible by collaboration with local and national partners. The Sewing Machine Project of Monona Wisconsin donated eighteen Bernia sewing machines to the Harris County 4-H for teaching this workshop. The Youth of Texas 4-H Club and the Houston Food Bank provided access to their facilities. Six volunteers contributed 35 hours in educational support.

All of the thirty-five participants completed a “Chef Apron” project, learned to use a sewing machine and gained skills in clothing construction. Eight new 4-H Adult Project Leaders from five 4-H Clubs were trained to lead projects at the club level. Participants reported satisfaction with the learning experience and inquired about additional workshops to further improve sewing skills.

4-H Sew FUN WORKSHOP