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Tri-County 4-H Sewing Camp Held June 14


Leslie McMillen, Richland County 4-H Leader and Colette Bilquist, Roosevelt County 4-H Leader use the Smart phone technology for information on threading a sewing machine.

Friday, June 14, 4-H members and leaders from Daniels, Richland, and Roosevelt Counties gathered at the American Legion Hall in Culbertson for the Tri-County Sewing Camp.

Back Row L to R: Taylor Schepens, Leslie McMillen, Trey Schepens, Holly Bouchard, Richland County 4-H members and leader; Jennifer Cahill, Daniels County. Front Row L to R: Abigail Goettle and MaKayla Hauk, Daniels County; Kodi Bilquist, Roosevelt County.

Leslie McMillen, Richland County sewing leader, began the camp by instructing the sewers on how to make a catch-all basket using recycled denim jeans and fusible fleece for stability. Basket linings ranged from solid pink, polka-dots, bright neon to camouflage. Under the direction of Josie Evenson, Richland County Extension Agent, the campers then re-made an old t-shirt into a necklace. Following lunch, the campers created a road trip pillow case, complete with outside pocket and strap. Once again, fabric choices varied from stripes and animal prints to geometrics and solids.

4-H youth always excel at giving back to the community. This year’s event was no exception. For a community service project this year, the 4-Hers made a roll up toiletry case using hand towels. The 4-H members stitched several pockets and inserted into each one was a toothbrush and toothpaste that were donated by Healthy Smiles Dental Group of Sidney. The 27 toiletry cases will be donated to area families who are in need of them.

This is the 11th year for the Tri-County sewing camp, and it is a combined effort from extension agents,4-H leaders, and members from Richland, Roosevelt, and Sheridan Counties.


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