4-H sewing project needs senior help

The Happy Hustlers 4-H Club Sewing Project is hosting a countywide event May 12 to help children in Africa through sewing at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, said Cathy Martin, one of the organizers.

?This is a great opportunity for intergenerational interaction with young and old sewing together,? she said. ?Sewing is fast becoming a lost art for our young people and it is exciting that we have groups of youth that want to sew and help others.?

Everyone is encouraged to bring scissors and sewing machines and join in the fun, she said. The project is making ?Little Dresses and Britches? for Africa, she said, using a simple dress for girls made from a pillow case or one yard of material.

The britches for boys will be made from new or ?gently? used T-shirts, Martin said.

?The pattern is very simple and quick to make and, our goal is to make as many as we can starting at 9 a.m and continuing until at least noon or until we get tired or run out of supplies,? she said.

The event is a ?come and go? and open to anyone who can stop by for an hour or the whole time.

In addition to people sewing, Martin said they are also looking for donations of cotton-type material?at least a yard long?and seam binding for the dresses and T-shirts for the trousers.

To donate time or materials, call Martin at 620-381-0585.

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