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Sewing badges can still be earned by current girls at all levels!!
I hear it a lot - "Whatever happened to sewing badges!?!" Well, nothing, really. They totally still exist!
Okay, more completely - many of the earnable badges specifically aimed at learning sewing skills were moved to retired status in 2011 with the most recent program overhaul. However, this means basically nothing in terms of girls' ability to earn and wear them. Girls can still complete the requirements, use the books, earn the badges, and wear them on the front of their uniforms. The *only* difference is that these badges are not purchasable in current council shops or on the GS website. But! Read on for more and free printable reqs!>>
Sewing is an important, valuable, empowering skill and is danger of being lost as more people outsource their sewing needs, buy up alternative products that are less reliable than sewing ("magic" as in makes your money disappear!), and just become complacent with off-the-rack fast fashion offerings.
The good news is that these (and many many more retired badges) are available for purchase in lots of places. There are many facebook groups where thousands of retired badges are bought and sold every day. My favorites are GS Treasure Hunters and Badge Ideas!
In STL? Do a sewing workshop!
Below are all the sewing badges I do workshops for (and they include the badge!) If you're in GSEM or GSSIL, I will come to you! More info here. Sorry, no I do not sell these badges separately!
Free Req Scans:
Brownie Stitch It Together
Junior Art to Wear
Junior Sew Simple
Junior Yarn and Fabric Arts
C/S/A IP: Fashion Design
C/S/A IP: Sew Glam
Even More Ideas!
But because retired badges can sometimes be hard to collect enough for a troop, some people have even starting creating "alternative" designs! The amazing ones from Rae's Creations come with their own requirements, or you could substitute reqs for any of the traditional badges.
There is also the Council's Own program called Juliette Sews designed by Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama. Girl Scouts in any council may complete this program. There are 29 activities to choose from, and this cute fun (back) patch is available in their council shop!
There are lots of ways to tie sewing into the current program offerings as well! Make it a part of the Girl Scouts Ways badge for Brownies - they can SEW a sit upon. Juniors' Independence badge is an excellent avenue for building sewing skills. Cadettes can incorporate sewing into many of their badges, including Marketing, Entrepreneur, and Book Artist! Seniors have the Textile Artist badge (shown above). Both Dinner Party and On My Own for Ambassadors are perfect vehicles for practicing sewing skills.
So, as in all things Girl Scouts, if there's something you your girls want to do, then do it! There's almost always a badge for that!
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