Learning to sew is a real life engineering and construction project for guys and girls. Clinical studies have found that students who learned to sew a simple project showed elevated creativity after the activity. One study concluded that “children who sew today may have a real edge in the high-tech service economy of tomorrow where the creative, flexible worker will be in high demand.” (Home Sewing Association, Guidelines Sew Creative!, 1997) In addition, these individuals who learn to sew may also be developing skills for a fulfilling, stress-relieving hobby. 

Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts:  mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity.  This event fosters mastery by learning to operate a sewing machine or serger, sew a straight seam and smooth curves, and construct casings, sleeves and buttonholes; belonging by being part of a group; independence by learning skills that can be used throughout life; and generosity by sharing sewn items with others.  Contact your county extension office for more information.