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Upcoming Events

MAY 2024

  • May 17 - 27 (Friday-Monday) | Donors’ Annual Zambia Trip, Jason and Cinnamon Miles escort travelers to Zambia. The travelers arrive in Lusaka to experience first-hand, the living conditions in the Ngombe compound, meet the Sew Powerful seamstresses, soap makers, and Tikondane gardeners, and tour the 3 Esthers Farm. Each traveler will help distribute purses to schoolgirls and see the delight in their faces when they receive this life-changing gift. Then on to Livingstone to meet seamstresses and distribute more purses. Travelers will encounter African wildlife on the photo safari and river cruise, then on to the spectacular Victoria Falls, with a trip debrief rounding out the activities. This trip is SOLD OUT.

JULY 2024

  • July 22 - August 31 (Monday - Saturday) | Sew-A-Thon 2024 Participant Enrollment. Join other Sew Powerful purse makers in our annual Sew-A-Thon. This event brings our community together to make purses, raise funds, and support the Sew Powerful mission to help keep girls in Zambia in school. During the 2023 Sew-A-Thon, 4300 purses were sewn, 1400 donors were engaged, nearly 26,000 weeks of school were saved with $138,000 raised. In addition, last year 122 prizes were awarded to purse makers who raised $100 or more. Please join this year to change even more lives. Watch the Sew Powerful weekly newsletter for enrollment details.

  • July 22 – September 30 (Monday - Monday) | Sew-A-Thon 2024 Donations Accepted. Enrolled Sew-A-Thon Participants raise funds for Sew Powerful by connecting with family and friends. Your loved ones will make donations in your honor to qualify you for prize eligibility. Last year $138,000 was raised and 122 prizes valued at more than $30,000 were awarded to purse makers who raised $100 or more. Details provided at the time of enrollment.

  • July 24 - 27 (Wednesday - Saturday) | Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF), Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great American Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA. Hours vary by date. PIQF is returning to Santa Clara, CA for its 33rd year. The show organizers promise incredible merchants offering a wide variety of products and the presentation of displayed quilts, including competition entries and special exhibits. Stop by the Sew Powerful booth to pick up some merch, meet other Sew Powerful volunteers, and you can even drop off your completed purses. For an even better experience, volunteer to work some shifts in the Sew Powerful booth. Application required. Get it HERE.

  • July 31 (Wednesday) | Quarterly Chapter Leaders Meeting, via Zoom. Time: 3:00 PM Pacific/6:00 PM Eastern. Both veteran and new Chapter Leaders are encouraged to attend our Quarterly meeting. It will be a time of sharing and learning from each other. Bring your tips, questions, and enthusiasm. The meetings are fun, informal get-togethers with others who share your interests and desire to optimize the Chapter experience for yourself and your members. Get the Zoom link from the Chapter Leaders Resource page or email janc@sewpowerful.org.

AUGUST 2024

  • August 1 - 4 (Thursday-Sunday) | A Season to Sew Sewing Retreat, Stitchin’ Heaven, Quitman, TX. The objective of the retreat is to participate in making projects specific to Sew Powerful, while expanding knowledge of Sew Powerful operations. We will sew purses, learn new techniques, spend time in the Word, build new friendships, and enjoy the camaraderie of those who share our passion for Sew Powerful. Meet co-founders Jason and Cinnamon Miles and hear their vision for Sew Powerful. Open to the first 30 who register. Learn more HERE. This event is SOLD OUT.

  • August 1 – September 30 (Monday - Monday) | Sew-A-Thon 2024 Donations Accepted. Enrolled Sew-A-Thon Participants raise funds for Sew Powerful by connecting with family and friends. Your loved ones will make donations in your honor to qualify you for prize eligibility. Last year $138,000 was raised and 122 prizes valued at more than $30,000 were awarded to purse makers who raised $100 or more. Details provided at the time of enrollment.

  • August 31 (Saturday) | Sew-A-Thon 2024 Participant Enrollment. Last day to enroll in our annual Sew-A-Thon. This event brings our community together to make purses, raise funds, and support the Sew Powerful mission to help keep girls in Zambia in school. During the 2023 Sew-A-Thon, 4300 purses were sewn, 1400 donors were engaged, nearly 26,000 weeks of school were saved with $138,000 raised. In addition, last year 122 prizes were awarded to purse makers who raised $100 or more. Please join this year to change even more lives. Watch the Sew Powerful weekly newsletter for enrollment details.

  • August 5, 12, 19 (Mondays) | Speak Up for Sew Powerful, via Zoom. Time: 3:00 PM Pacific / 6:00 PM Eastern. As a Sew Powerful volunteer, you probably are asked questions about Sew Powerful. This 3-session program covers the basics of making 30 second- and 1-minute talks. Receive positive coaching and enjoy a fun experience sharing information with peers. Read the course overview HERE, then enroll HERE. Open to anyone in the Sew Powerful community but limited to the first 10 who enroll. Recent course graduate, Susan P says: Thank you for offering this program! The course really helped me put my thoughts together for 30 and 60 second pitches about Sew Powerful.

SEPTEMBER 2024

  • September 1 – September 30 (Sunday - Monday) | Sew-A-Thon 2024 Purse Making. Annual Sew Powerful celebration of National Sewing Month asks our enrolled Sew-A-Thon participants to challenge themselves to make as many Sew Powerful purses as they can during September. Each purse helps a girl in Zambia stay in school because the purse is filled with feminine hygiene supplies, soap, and underwear. While Sew Powerful purse makers sew purses all year long, September is a month we all sew with extra zeal to support the Sew-A-Thon. In 2023 over 4300 purses were made. Can we exceed that number this year? Purse makers who also raise $100 or more in the fundraising portion of the Sew-A-Thon, qualify for the prize drawing in October.

  • September 30 (Monday) | Sew-A-Thon 2024 Donations Accepted. Last day for enrolled Sew-A-Thon Participants to raise Sew-A-Thon funds for Sew Powerful by connecting with family and friends. Your loved ones will make donations in your honor to qualify you for prize eligibility. Last year $138,000 was raised and 122 prizes valued at more than $30,000 were awarded to purse makers who raised $100 or more. Details provided at the time of enrollment.

OCTOBER 2024

  • October 7 (Monday) | Sew-A-Thon Final Results. Join the Sew Powerful Live event on Facebook or YouTube to hear the final results of the 2024 Sew-A-Thon. Learn how many purses were made and total funds raised. Stay tuned for the live awarding of the prizes.

  • October 30 (Wednesday) | Quarterly Chapter Leaders Meeting, via Zoom. Time: 3:00 PM Pacific/6:00 PM Eastern. Both veteran and new Chapter Leaders are encouraged to attend our Quarterly meeting. It will be a time of sharing and learning from each other. Bring your tips, questions, and enthusiasm. The meetings are fun, informal get-togethers with others who share your interests and desire to optimize the Chapter experience for yourself and your members. Get the Zoom link from the Chapter Leaders Resource page or email janc@sewpowerful.org.


If you are organizing an upcoming Sew Powerful event, please let us know so we can include it on our ‘Upcoming Events’ page. Please submit our Upcoming Events Announcement form HERE.