Women's Sewing Class
In partnership with Hillside Church, World Relief's Women's Sewing Class creates a space where refugee women learn valuable skills that can be applied to a new job, practice English, and build deep friendships with each other and the volunteers that work with them.
Sewing class is a place for women to practice English, develop friendships, and learn skills that may be applied toward a job. Many of the women we serve through sewing class are pre-literate and mothers of young children.
Some of these women have gone on to get full time sewing related jobs, some of them are in child care jobs, and several have enrolled in higher lever English classes upon completion of the course.
Each class begins with 30 - 45 minutes of interactive English lessons where sewing vocabulary, skills and techniques are introduced and reviewed, allowing for one on one connection between volunteers and students. The rest of the class is spent making the projects that have been thoughtfully designed to fit the needs of the course.
"I found a lot of friends here and now we are very close friends. Every day I come [to sewing class] I love it"
- Mursal, Afghanistan
We are always in need of sewing materials to keep our class running, as well as sewing machines that are in good working conditions. Some items that would benefit our class are:
- Fabric scissors
- New rotary cutter blades, Olfa brand, 45 mm size
- Water soluble fabric marking pens, Dritz brand, Mark-Be-Gone Blue
- New 18"x18" pillow forms
- Pellon Flex Foam 77 or By Annie Soft and Stable foam interfacing (in increments of 1/2 yard)
- 100% cotton quilting fabric (fat quarters, 1/2 yard pieces or larger)
- Baby-themed or pastel flannel
- Sewing machines in good working condition
- Funds for sewing machine maintenance
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