Have fun sewing! 4H Sewing Fun Day at AgriLife Jan. 22 – Front Porch News Texas
Many people believe that young people must have a breeding project to participate in the 4-H program. Johanna Hicks, Family and Community Health Extension Worker, has been setting the record straight for years. In fact, more than half of the kids enrolled in 4-H in Hopkins County don’t have a pet project.
Some of the most popular projects include food and nutrition, archery, fashion and interior design (formerly known as clothing and textiles), photography and leadership. Of course, livestock is also a top ten project, and Hicks doesn’t downplay the importance of raising and showing an animal due to the honing of responsibility skills, accountability, and tracking daily care tasks. of the animal.
Each year, Hicks offers a fun 4-H sewing day for interested young people across the county. Over the years, make-and-go projects have included decorative pillowcases, drawstring laundry bags, Hope bags (toiletries bag filled with personal care items), coasters in fabric, seamless blankets and pillows, fleece slides and scarves and more. .
A very successful project was 4-H Quilts Across the County, where young people learned a simple quilt block. All participants completed two or more blocks to create pillows and table runners.
Penelope Deterding completely finished a quilt top during the workshop and entered it into two separate contests – the 4-H Project Show and the Hopkins County Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest. Her finished quilt won a Best of Show ribbon in both competitions. She has since joined the Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild and helped make quilts with her church.
Another 4-H member who has excelled in the clothing and textiles project is Lena Reyes. She has completed a strip quilt and is working on another more complicated quilt. The two young ladies are to be commended for taking the skill of sewing to another level.
This year’s Sewing Fun Day project comes as a bit of a surprise, but 4-H members will have the opportunity to complete two projects, one from upholstery scraps and the other from fat. quarters (if you’re unfamiliar with a fat quarter, the 4 – They can tell you!)
Participants just need to bring a good pair of sewing scissors, a few ball-headed pins, and maybe a tape measure and a seam ripper. Everything else will be provided. The Hopkins County AgriLife A&M Extension Office in Texas has been blessed with donations of sewing machines, fabrics, upholstery sample books and other items that allow children to participate for free.
The 2022 4-H Sewing Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the A&M AgriLife Hopkins County, Texas Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulfur Springs. Those wishing to participate should call 903-885-3443 so that proper arrangements can be made.
Young people can bring their own sewing machine if they want to learn how to use it. Otherwise, multiple machines will be available. Hicks will teach you how to fill a bobbin, thread a machine, and more. No sewing experience necessary!
Contributed by Johanna Hicks