SEW TEACH ME is a program being developed by a few dedicated sewers through QuiltWorks in Bend, Oregon. We have created a non-profit to help match mentors and students to learn how to sew, at no cost to the student, in a comfortable and safe setting.
The Sew Teach Me program is available to other quilt shops, sewing machine shops, churches or organizations that want to share the love of sewing with the next generation.
Our intent is to teach youth basic sewing skills in a safe comfortable environment. We want to share our love of sewing with the next generation.
Interested students between 8 and 18 years will be matched with competent sewing mentors. Four sessions each about two hours will be scheduled so that students can finish in a timely manner.
Student and mentor applications are available. The information gathered will help SEW TEACH ME find the right matches on times, days and weeks that work best for all parties.
We are matching two students with each mentor. The students could be friends, siblings or new friends.
The four beginning sewing sessions teach basic sewing skills, while creating simple and fun projects, within a one to two-month time period.
The four beginning classes are free. Materials, including sewing machines have been donated by our sewing community. The four sessions are:
- Getting to know your sewing machine and making a nametag
- Making a pillowcase
- Making a sewing tool caddy
- Making a pillow pal
Mentors will be volunteers and will have gone through a background check. Each mentor will have also gone through a training session to be prepared to work with students.
There are many donation opportunities from donating funds to help build the program to donating pre-cut kits for the various projects.
Click on the Team List to see if there is a team in your area.
We are a non-profit public benefit corporation registered in Oregon. We are in the process of obtaining an Internal Revenue Service designation as a 501(c)(3) charity so that your donations may be tax deductible for the 2017 filing year.