Make It With Wool

Promoting the beauty and versatility of wool while teaching individuals life

skills such as sewing, creativity, and public speaking

Divisions and Ages

  • Preteens 8-12 years
    • Entries may include:
      • A dress
      • Jumper
      • Skirt
      • Pants
      • Shorts
      • Vest
      • Sweater
      • Shirt/blouse
      • Jacket
      • or combination of garments
  • Juniors 13-16 years
  • Seniors 17-24 years
    • Junior and Senior entries may include:
      • One-piece garments- dress, jumper, outerwear jacket, coat or cape.
      • Two-piece outfit- coat, jacket, cape, blouse/shirt, vest or sweater WITH dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.
      • Ensemble- 3 or more garments worn together at one time: coat, jacket, cape, and blouse/shirt, vest or sweater WITH dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.
  • Fashion Apparel Design: Students currently pursuing a degree in a college-level fashion or apparel design program.
    • Participants must design an original garment and then sew, knit, crochet or felt the garment using wool fabrics, fibers and/or yarn.


For complete Fashion Design Information go to:
Mail self-addressed stamped business envelope to
National MIWW,
P.O. Box 215
Encampment, WY 82325

Students may participate in either the Fashion Design Competition or the State MIWW Competition, not both. 4-H members may participate in the Idaho Make It With Wool Contest, with their 4-H Wool Sewing Projects. The contest is separate from 4-H.   Fair and Blue ribbons are not MIWW contest requirements.

Objectives of the MIWW Program

  • To promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns.
  • To encourage personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving wool fabrics and yarns.
  • To recognize creative skills.
  • To develop life skills, including:
    • Being responsible
    • Being a good sport
    • Accepting judge’s decisions
    • Learning about and appreciating diversity
    • Public presentation and speaking skills

Entry Requirements

Have all fabric and yarn samples and testing fees sent to your State MIWW Director to complete the required testing for percentage of Wool.

  • Enter at least one garment.
  • Garments must have been completed after January 1st of the contest year.
  • Complete and mail entry forms with appropriate attachments as directed on entry form by October 1, 2019.
  • Use separate form for each entry.
  • Pay $12 non-refundable entry fee (payable to National MIWW) for each garment.

Wool Fabric

What fabrics and yarn can I use?

100% wool or wool blend (minimum 60% wool or specialty wool fiber) for each fashion fabric or yarn used. Specialty wool fibers include: alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, llama, mohair, and vicuna.
The entire garment body (front, back and sleeves) must be wool or wool-blend fabric. Vests worn with a suit, sport coat, or blazer may have a back of non-wool fabric. Vests worn as top layer or with outerwear coat/jacket must have a wool back.
Trims, facings, interfacings, linings, and underlining may be fabrics other than wool or wool blends.

How can I be sure my yarns are wool?

To qualify for the contest all fabrics must be tested for percentage of wool fiber content by the Yocum-McColl Testing Lab. It is best to test your fabrics and yarn before sewing your items.


Send 5x5 swatches of each fabric or a 36” sample of each yarn and $7 per swatch/sample to your State MIWW Director at:
Kim Monk
17013 Evans Road
Genesee, ID 83832

Judging Criteria

• Appropriateness to contestant’s lifestyle and age.
• Coordination of fabric/yarn with garment style and design.
• Fit and overall appearance
• Contestant’s presentation.
• Construction Quality.
• Creativity in design and use of wool.
• Conveys and promotes the beauty, comfort and versatility of wool.


Idaho State Contest

  • Jr & Sr Winners advance to national contest in Scottsdale, AZ.  January 23-25, 2020
  • Additional state prizes include fabric yardage, sewing equipment, notions and other prizes.

National Contest

  • Scholarship awards $1,000 - $2,000
  • Special awards, including exemplary construction, machine embroidery, Mohair award, Handiwork award and Needle craft award.
  • Fabrics, sewing books, equipment and notions.
  • Jr, Sr and Adult national winners serve as "Ambassadors" for the year and return to contest the following year, if available.

Tentative Agenda

8:00  - 8:30 a.m. Contestant Registration

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Meeting with participants and parents

9:00 -11:00 a.m. Tour Apparel, Textile & Design facility followed by tour of Lila Old Historic Costume Collection

Lunch 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

12:00-1:00 p.m. Contestants get ready for Interview/Modeling judging

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Judging fit/fashion/interview

3:00 p.m. Contestant pictures

3:30 / 4:00 p.m . Fashion Show and awards

Hotel rooms are available for contestants/families at University Inn Best Western Plus for a special rate. Call 208-882-0550 and ask or the MIWW room block when making reservations.

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