Sewing Café and “Deine Näherei”

Creating new things together

fka sewing cafés and sewing rooms

With the support of the BAMF, the fka initiated the project “Miteinander auf Augenhöhe” (Together at eye level) in the initial reception centre Kriegsstraße in Karlsruhe in spring 2016. In parallel, a sewing room was organised in the initial reception centre in Mannheim. After the closure of the Karlsruhe reception centre, the staff moved to the municipality of Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen in the Karlsruhe district, where the sewing room for refugees initially received funding from the Federal Intervention Commissioner in 2017. Today, it is funded by the Karlsruhe District Office.

In 2018, the fka again offered a sewing workshop for course participants in its course room in Karlsruhe’s Südstadt district as part of the MiA courses. It forms the basis for the project “Open sewing café – creating something new together” – funded by the Heidehof Foundation. Since 2020, we have also been offering a sewing café in the fka office Südpfalz, which is funded by the sponsorship programme “Menschen-Stärken-Menschen”.

With low-threshold sewing rooms and cafés, the fka wants to offer women with and without a migration background an open space to meet and exchange. The aim is to open up a very special, lively space for joint creation. The participants, the majority of whom are migrants, are given the opportunity to contribute and develop their skills through sewing. They are encouraged to trust their abilities and to experience them as self-effective and self-confident. They are a real, integral part of the society in which they live and work.

The low-threshold access and the different language levels (first language learners and German learners) also give participants the opportunity to develop their language skills.

To enable interested mothers to participate, two women have been employed part-time as child supervisors since the end of 2019 with funds from GlücksSpirale.


“Deine Näherei”

Through the “Deine Näherei” project, we have succeeded in significantly developing the sewing project work.

In the course of 2020, the sewing café has increasingly developed into a production facility, a social start-up, so to speak, as a result of increasing demand. Supported by the Deutsche PostcodeLotterie, the first small series are being produced under the label “Deine Näherei” and with more professional technical equipment. The interested customers are start-ups and small businesses from the Karlsruhe region. They want to bring fair and sustainable textiles to the market and not have them produced abroad. They select their partners in the same targeted and appreciative way as we do.

Seam Teens

Since 2021, we have been able to create an offer tailored to young women thanks to funding from the Baden-Württemberg Integration Offensive. The youth sewing project Seam Teens is accompanied by a social worker. The project teaches basic skills in machine production, selection of cuts and fabrics, cutting, sewing and ironing. In the practical part, sewing exercises are completed and complete textiles or garments are sewn.

Since March 2021, “Die Näherei” has been located in spacious rooms at Kronenplatz right next to the Weltladen Karlsruhe.

Women interested in the sewing café have the opportunity – as soon as the pandemic-related restrictions allow it again – to come to the new rooms at Kronenplatz twice a week. Together, small projects (cosmetic bags, jute bags) are made and sewing is learned. Those who have more experience will also have the chance to implement their own creative projects, repair clothes or “upcycle” old things.

Everyone is welcome who is interested in sewing together, no matter if you are a beginner or an advanced sewer.


Karlsruhe: Kronenplatz 1

Community accommodation Kruppstraße 3


Claudia Lehel:

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