Fall 2015: Coats for Kids


2_manufacturing_childrens_coatsBeginning July 7th and running through September, the Coats for Kids seminar will train participants in sewn product manufacturing, from design to sewing. The completed coats will be donated to charities serving the emergency needs of children in crisis. What a great way to gain manufacturing skills while serving the community!

Design: In the first phase, participants will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How to find the target customer
  • How to design what the customer wants and needs.
  • Technical illustration and communication
  • How to buy wholesale fabric

Sales and Marketing: By the end of the second phase, participants will be ready for production to include having completed a production ready coat pattern.

  • Presenting and selling to buyers
  • How to take orders
  • Creating size specifications
  • Auditing patterns for accuracy
  • Managing fabric and trim inventory
  • Concepts of sewing efficiency
  • How to inspect fabric for quality
  • Creating an order for the factory
  • Ordering fabric for production

1manufacturing_childrens_coatsProduction: In the third phase, attendees will work in teams to learn and do:

  • How to spread and cut large quantities of fabric
  • How to organize cut pieces for best sewing efficiency
  • Proper factory fusing
  • Sewing– for quality and efficiency!
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Finishing and quality control
  • Order fulfillment

After completing this process, participants will be equipped with the basics for starting a new product line or honing an existing one—all in two short months! It’s going to be amazing, folks!


There’s a gem of a place just a few blocks away -the Sandia Peak Inn Motel. This isn’t the best part of town but this place is the second most highly rated place in the city.

Support the project

If you know you can’t participate but would like to underwrite the project or sponsor a scholarship, you can do that too. If you choose to donate, please fill out the registration form so we can thank you properly and notify the benefactor of your generosity.

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