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4-H Camp

Sew 4 Fun 4-H Sewing Camp

20 eager young Manatee 4-H members met for a week of learning to sew with 7 of our very accomplished SGCASG members June 5-9.  This is our chapter’s 8th year of providing sewing experiences for 4-H Camp and we had 6 returnees and 14 new sewers.

The group was divided into 3 teams with Kathy P. and Marie G. taking 6 very new beginners. Barbara VB. and Lorraine P. taught another 6 members who had some knowledge of sewing.  Lou B.’s and Donna V. worked with the other 8 students who were either returnees or had some sewing skills.  Paulette B. worked the last two days helping groups where needed. The students were truly interested and eager to learn how to use the Grace machines, and the skills needed to sew the various projects that our ASG Chapter provided.  Short presentations were made about reading the end of the bolt of fabric, threads suitable for different sewing projects, and learning the difference in woven and knit fabrics. Rotary Cutting Safety Tips and Use was taught to the students who had prior sewing experience. A visit to Quilter’s Haven ( enjoyed by the students, many of them selected fabrics and threads for future projects. The generous Ladies at the shop gave us a 15% discount on purchases as well as a 25% discount on a single cut of fabric or a notion. For our charity project, the students made 34 Ditty Bags for Homeless Teens in Manatee County on Friday morning. A reception and Sew and Tell by the students was held on Friday afternoon for parents.

Some of the projects made by the students included; snappy bags, wonder wallets, charm tote bags, pajama shorts, tote bags, pillowcases, Lazy Girl Designs Runaround Bag (, Snap Wallet, tissue covers, and Yo-Yo’s to develop hand sewing skills. As you can see from the number of projects, there was not a moment to waste!  The students’ eagerness and interest was the reason we could complete so many projects in 5 short days.  

The experience of teaching young students the skills and the enjoyment of sewing was very rewarding to our participating ASG members.  It is ASG’s ( mission in “Advancing sewing as an Art and a life skill” for the next generation and we did just that! We are already planning for next year’s event the second week in June and would be delighted to have more ASG members to volunteer!  You will not regret it!

Lou B.


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