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Fabric and threads offers State Fairgoers hands-on crafts

August 1, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald - DES MOINES - The Iowa State Fair invites Fairgoers to get involved with the Fabric and Threads department. With a variety of crafts and sewing projects to participate in, Fairgoers are bound to find a hands-on activity they enjoy. "Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair set August 11-21.

The State Fair Sew-In will be open each Fair day from noon until 5 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building. This Fair-long project offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sewing and quilting while providing warm blankets to local children in need. Every participant will receive a commemorative pin for donating their time. No experience or pre-registration necessary. Volunteer sewing assistants and a site supervisor will be on-hand to supply materials and help with machines.

The Fabric and Threads department also holds a variety of Make It and Take It classes each Fair day. Fairgoers can choose from a variety of crafts offered such as tatting, hand appliqué and quilt block on-a-stick, to name a few. Make It and Take It sessions are held in the Varied Industries Building. Each session has a $10 materials fee and lasts approximately 1-2 hours.

For a complete list of the Make It and Take It projects and times, view the daily program online at

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit <>


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