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.

Women's Sewing Class

So far, we have served 41 women through our class. Three of these women have gone on to get full time sewing related jobs, six of them are in child care jobs, and several have enrolled in higher lever English classes upon completion 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

Get involved

Your donation to programs like the Women's Sewing Class is an investment in the resiliency of newcomers!


We need volunteers for the sewing class! 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. If you have sewing skills and a passion for service to refugees, we would love to have you volunteer in our class! 


We are also always in need of sewing materials to keep our class running, as well as sewing machines that are in good working conditions. Some of the material our class could benefit from are: 

  • Fabric scissors

  • 100% cotton quilting fabrics (fat quarters, ½ yard pieces or larger yardage)

  • Baby-themed flannel

  • Pastel flannel

  • New rotary cutter blades (Olfa 45mm)

  • Water soluble fabric marking pens

  • Sewing machines that are in good working order

  • New 20”x 20” pillow forms

  • Pellon Insul-Fleece or Insul-Bright Batting

  • Pellon Flex Foam 77 or By Annie Soft and Stable

  • Funds for machine maintenance

If you would like to donate materials, contact Tahmina