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August 16, 2021 1 min read

I am excited to share that a little while ago I traveled to South Bend, Indiana to meet with Vicki, Jenny and other members of The Sewing Lab at Sew Loved, a 501c3 nonprofit that trains underserved and marginalized women to sew, and connects them with living-wage jobs (among other community-outreach projects).

Kelly Barth, Founder of Cabooties, with Vicki Miles, Founder of The Sew Loved Sewing Lab

I am so thankful for the support of countless families to make this all possible.
 7 years ago, I sewed my first pair of baby shoes for my son at our kitchen table - a craft project that I didn't think much of at the time. Today, with your help, these little shoes are still 100% handmade, but they're also providing an income for our small team of local work-from-home sewists, and for these inspiring women in South Bend too.

The Sewing Lab Story 

After 6 years of teaching sewing to underserved women and at-risk teens, in 2018 Sew Loved partnered with Vested Interest to create a new initiative, The Sewing Lab (TSL) in South Bend, Indiana.  TSL teaches industrial sewing to provide students training for the thousands of unfilled sewing jobs in their region. 

#EmpowerWomen #LivingWageJobs

Cabooties sewn at Sew Loved have been produced by trainees of that program. With every purchase, you create job training for living-wage employment opportunities, handing these students the keys to unlock their full potential. 

If you'd like to learn more about The Sewing Lab and Sew Loved, visit their website here, or follow The Sewing Lab and Sew Loved on Facebook.

Sew Loved is located at:
251 E. Sample Street, Suite 100
South Bend, Indiana 46601

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