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New 4-H Fabrics in Stores

LAS CRUCES - 4-H members can show their colors with new fabrics that have 4-H symbols and designs. 4-H fabrics reached 1,000 Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and Hancock Fabrics stores this spring.

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"4-H members can use the fabrics for anything from covered display boards to summer shorts," said Darlene Dickson, state 4-H youth specialist. "New Mexico 4-H members used the fabric to design a pincushion in four sewing camps held in June."

The fabrics are available in four different patterns: green clovers on a white background, white clovers on a green background, green clovers on a blue background and blue fabric covered with 4-H medals, logos, cows and horses.

Three sewing project kits contain additional fabric panels printed with the 4-H pledge and motto. One kit is a panel for a locker caddy with a space for a mirror, personal belongings and a pouch at the bottom. The other kits are for a pillow and a tote bag. A sleeping bag, which will retail for $20, is also being developed.

"4-H leaders and parents are very excited about the new fabric," Dickson said. "When I went to Wal-Mart in Las Cruces to buy more of this fabric, it was sold out. We had to order some more."

At the National 4-H Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., an entire bedroom decorated with 4-H fabrics will be on display. These fabrics will also be featured in the Fall 2000 editions of the Simplicity and McCalls pattern books.

Proceeds will benefit a national 4-H public service campaign titled "Are You Into It?" The fabric was manufactured by Springs Industries, a South Carolina mill. The fabric was developed by the National 4-H Council, South Carolina 4-H and the Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service, a partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.