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Learning Objectives: 

  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Carrying a project through from design to creation
  • Writing descriptions to “market” a product
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Public speaking, poise, and confidence


  • Plastic and/or paper bags
  • Pipe cleaners, sequins, stickers, and other embellishments
  • Crayons or permanent markers
  • Paper or note cards
  • Pen or pencil


  • Rulers or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Other sorts of fasteners
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Models to fit your creations onto and to wear them in the show (this could be dolls, stuffed animals, or people. Possibly real animals if they’ll cooperate)
  • Understanding, supportive, helpful adults


  1. Come up with clothing or costume designs you could make from paper and/or plastic bags. It helps to sketch them out.
  2. Decide how you will use your materials and fit your clothes together. Will you cut and tape? Maybe you can tie plastic bags together or weave them. How will you make your clothes look cool, or cute, or stylish?
  3. Looking at patterns for clothes or doll clothes or watching videos of people designing and sewing clothes could be helpful.
  4. Make your clothes. Remember, they need to fit your model. If you are cutting out pieces, you might want to use a template.
  5. Color and embellish your clothing or costumes. Create or find any accessories you want.
  6. Write a description of the outfit for you or another commentator to read as you or your model walks down the runway in the finished outfit. (You might want to watch some videos of fashion shows or read some clothing ads to get an idea how to make your designs sound incredible.).
  7. Set up your own catwalk. It could just be chairs lined up on two sides of a walkway, an actual “red carpet,” or something more creative. Just make sure it is safe for your models.
  8. Invite your guests to enjoy the show. If you wanted, you could have someone be a reporter and conduct interviews with the models or designers. You could even record it to share with relatives and friends or on parent-approved social media.