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Sharie R
1441 E. 47 Street
(St. Clair-Superior)
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the project

Cleveland Sews' Sew-A-Thon is a community-driven event where participants come together to create products for an unmet community need. The event stitches together the social fabric of our community and acts as an opportunity to make a product at scale to be donated to a nonprofit or community group. We call it Social Manufacturing, a collaborative way that small-scale, fellowship-based production can impact our community by giving back through our shared love and collective talents in the sewn trades.

With the activation of our new space in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood, we are excited to announce that this will be our BIGGEST SEW-A-THON YET and we want YOU to be a part of it! The event will take place in January or February (exact date TBD) and community members will join us for a full day of production and fellowship. Lunch will be catered for our hard-working sewists by our neighborhood favorite, Latina Taste to Go! We are fundraising to cover our operational overhead, project supplies, and lunch.

Cleveland Sews envisions a collaborative hub where the art of sewing is revitalizing communities, neighborhoods and the sewing industry itself. Let's come together and Sew for Good!!!

the steps

  1. Meet with steering committee and finalize event date
  2. Send thank yous cards to all donors
  3. Finalize product beneficiary of the Sew-A-Thon
  4. Finalize product design for event
  5. Create Eventbrite for the Sew-A-Thon
  6. Advertise for event
  7. Finalize community project and design SOPs (standard operating procedures) for day of event
  8.  Book catering
  9.  Purchase necessary supplies for the event
  10. Prep materials for day of the event
  11. Recruit any additional support volunteers
  12. Host event, have fun!
  13. Donate product
  14. Send out surveys to Sew-A-Thon participants




why we're doing it

Annually, Cleveland Sews hosts a blanket drive or a Sew-A-Thon as a way to give back to the local community. The Cleveland Sews model is based on our belief and practice wisdom that sustainability, skill building, artisanal & creative work, altruism, intergenerational connection, and local production of consumer goods lead directly to mutually beneficial impacts on our communities.

Cleveland Sews is leading the way for alternative design strategies. It's a process called Social manufacturing. It's a democratic approach on the idea of crowdsourcing, but expanding into to the area of manufacturing. Social manufacturing is a collaborative community effort, a DIT (Do It Together) philosophy where phases of socialized production are open to everyone. Through Cleveland Sews, we create a network and gathering places for community members to revitalize the lost art of sewing, creating products that impact our local community. Our collaborative model invites partners to share the table, connecting existing structures with new opportunities for capacity, growth, connection, and re- imagination.

The Cleveland Sews program is driven by the five principles of trauma-informed care. We continually co-create an environment that prioritizes: safety; transparency & trustworthiness; choice; collaboration & mutuality; and empowerment. Cleveland Sews builds an empathetic community around and through relationships with participants. Given the prolonged pandemic context, we anticipate that trauma-informed practice and support continues to be essential as we help address the impact of stress, fear, social isolation, and other significant consequences. By creating a safe space for relational health, participants engage with one another authentically, learn a new skill, and are empowered through employment in a collaborative environment.





Final budget


$2,000 - operational

$2,000 - food

$1406.40 - supplies

Final budget



TOTAL RAISED = $6,030.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (8%) $482.40
ioby Donation Processing Fee (4%) $141.20

Original budget

Operational Overhead Expenses $2000

Catering $2000

Supplies $2000

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 8% $535.24
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4% $155.22
TOTAL TO RAISE $6,690.45

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


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