The Textile Lab has one-time, short-term, and a 10-week training programs in Industrial Sewing to  give you the skills to get employed at a local manufacturer or start your own soft goods brand.

Upcoming Classes: 

Sewing 101: Apron Making

Friday, April 12, 2024


Join us for a 2-hour workshop where you will be introduced to the world of home sewing using a Singer sewing machine. This interactive session will cover essential topics such as threading, bobbin maintenance, and mastering the art of sewing straight and curved lines.

By the end of the Sewing 101 workshop, not only will you have gained hands-on experience, but you’ll also have your very own handcrafted tote bag to take home. Get ready to be inspired and unlock your creativity as you discover the joy of sewing, paving the way for countless future soft goods projects.

Register below for classes:

When you graduate from our 10-week training:

  • You’ll have a portfolio of work and sewing samples

  • You’ll receive a Certificate of Completion

  • You’ll be eligible to apply for On-the-Job Training (OJT) at a USDOL approved apprenticeship site, or at HTXSewnGoods

  • Your information will be shared with our network of Employers and you’ll have an opportunity to interview for a job
  • If you go through the program in order to launch your own brand or business, we will connect you with a business coach to help you get your startup off the ground
Program Details
Program Cost
How to Apply
Program Details
  • Prior sewing experience needed:None!
  • Length of program: one-time, short-term, and 10-week options available; Classes take place M-F, 9am - 1pm.
  • Location of program: St. Luke's Gethsemane Church, 6856 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas 77074
  • Size of class:2-4 people
  • Parking:Free parking is available in the lot at St. Lukes
  • Bus stop information: Metro Line 2 stops at KIPP Connect, just 100 feet from the church
Program Cost

  • Cost of program: $125/for a one-time (2 hour class) ; $3000 (10-week class includes tuition, materials & tools and class curriculum)

  • Financial aid: At this time, we have no financial aid available. We are working with several state agencies and foundations to secure funding for students.

  • Payment options: Prospective students are welcome to pre-pay for a class on a monthly basis, lay-away style.

  • Payment details:Payment is due in full up front.

  • Refund details: Those who decide to withdraw from a class on or before Day 5 receive a 100% refund. Those who withdraw anytime during Week 2 get 50% tuition back. No refund is given if the course is dropped in Week 3 or after.

How to Apply
  1. Email Lauren Caldarera at to receive application information. 
  2. Once we receive your application information, one of our instructors will follow up with you within 5-7 business days.
  3. Come in for an interview and sewing test.
  4. Receive application response.
  5. Details on grants and scholarship opportunities provided to qualified candidates.
  6. Pay class tuition.
  7. And learn!!
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