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Sowing Stitches

Funded on Spacehive 24 April 2020 Delivered 11 June 2021

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Sowing Stitches

Sowing Stitches


Sowing Stitches brings people together to improve lives and communities. We befriend people to reduce isolation, loneliness and their effects while empowering people with self-sustainable skills.

Edgware Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 24 Apr 2020!

We will turn a disused off-license shop to a lively arts and cultural training and trading space, attracting businesses and traffic to a scantily used shopping centre of a housing estate, while connecting people with each other and opportunities. The shop will be renovated and equipped with industrial tailoring tools for community training and business, thereby changing a depressing shop unit into a training and trading one. More people will use the space for better life chances, increasing the use of our shopping area for more hours each day, further reducing isolation by increasing participation and involvement. The premises once renovated and equipped, will become a place where people can have their dresses made, repaired or altered into different styles. Instead of dumping out-of-trend dresses, they can be hacked and re-used, alterations and repairs reduce wastes and landfill which helps the environment thereby saving the Government a lot of financial, human and technical resources

What we'll deliver:

  • One year training in Tailoring and Fashion Design
  • Business and Enterprise skills and confidence related to managing a business
  • Life and occupational skills and confidence to become employer of labour.

Why it's a great idea:

Community-led, empowering people, reducing unemployment, reducing landfill, creating local businesses, creating jobs for local people as new businesses will have vacancies available, Sowing Stitches sits well with the Regeneration plans of the Local Government to facilitate self-sustaining career and support the career development of resident's choice. Many residents from Barnet are extremely creative and this is a project that will allow them to express themselves and look at employment or business start-up in the creative industries. The training hub in Grahame Park Estate brings training participants of other areas together to share learning and support each other. The project creates a pathway for community-owned businesses in other areas which are capable of employing their residents, thereby creating community safety, health and wealth.

Steps to get it done:

  • Weeks 1- 12: Knowledge and safe use of tailoring equipments, Health & Safety procedures. Strong team working.
  • 13 - 25: Patterns construction, Calculation, cutting, plotting of garment compliments, public display of finished work.
  • 26 - 35: Repairs & Alterations; Overlocking; Digital training. Business skills training.
  • 36 - 46:Pop-up business practices, Work experience completed
  • Week 47: Trainees' Graduation; Community tailoring business established, next cohort training waiting list collated.

It will empower people to develop a culture of self-sustenance, improve confidence, self-esteem and promote relationship and mental health as people meet, learn, and work together. Friendship and trust developed make interdependence a reality instead of dependance that had been the long-held culture within the generational poverty of our regeneration areas in Barnet. The project also increases community safety.

Location Edgware

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Barnet

How will the money be spent?Total £38,250

Training Provision & Coordination - £11,750 (31%)
Premises Redecoration & shelving - £6,900 (18%)
industrial sewing machines 2 @ £3195 - £6,390 (17%)
Volunteer/Interpreters 2 @ £15/hr x 3hr/7 x 47/52 - £4,230 (11%)
Habadershery - £2,000 (5%)
Dressmakers Old Modern 4 female, males, 2 children mannequin and 4 dummy heads. - £1,810 (5%)
Cutting tables @ £1000 - £1,000 (3%)
Industrial tailoring iron and table - £990 (3%)
Sewing tables 10 @ £91.56 - £915 (2%)
Sewing chairs 3 @ £299 - £897 (2%)
Other - £1,368 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Training Provision & Coordination
Premises Redecoration & shelving
industrial sewing machines 2 @ £3195
Volunteer/Interpreters 2 @ £15/hr x 3hr/7 x 47/52
Dressmakers Old Modern 4 female, males, 2 children mannequin and 4 dummy heads.
Cutting tables @ £1000
Industrial tailoring iron and table
Sewing tables 10 @ £91.56
Sewing chairs 3 @ £299
Other Read More
  • Industrial overlocker
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We 'll use extra funds to buy: £
  • 1). Air Conditioning unit & installation = 5000
  • 2). Crossover 11 cutting system 2 @ £250 = £500
  • 3). Over-head projector/ board for teaching = £2545
  • 4). CCTV, 8 channels and installation = £2658

Total £38,250

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Qualified building experts to renovate our premises; Web developer to create and maintain our business website; A Digital Champion to mentor our growing team and Marketing expert to take our project further and farther.
  • Web developer to create and maintain our business website; A Digital Champion to mentor our growing team and Marketing expert to take our project further and farther and sewing experts to train our community..

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