written by Betsy Cook, owner, National Picnic

In March, I participated in "Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp," a program run by non-profit Albuquerque Fashion Incubator. With help of volunteers like myself, ABQFI holds manufacturing events to cut and sew products that get donated to other charities. On the trip I worked on a team to manufacture covers used in trap/neuter/return for the feral cat population. In the exchange, I learned lean manufacturing techniques that are useful in the making of ANYthing. 

I love that I have skills and interests to apply to such a unique opportunity to help. I love that Albuquerque Fashion Incubator has figured out a unique way to serve its community as only a sewing factory can. 

Inspired by the theme, and also to help cover the airfare and expenses for me to participate, I designed three tops using cat print fabrics and pre-sold a number of them, and was pleased to be able to give some of each order's proceeds to the orgs that were part of the boot camp event. Some tops remain, and are available until they sell out.

The organizer:

ABQFI: Incubating Sewn Product and Fashion Businesses in New Mexico.
"The Albuquerque Fashion Incubator offers a one-of-a-kind, hands-on training opportunity in sewn product manufacturing. It is the only one of its kind in the world. Really."

The recipient of our effort:
"Serving the city of Albuquerque and assisting surrounding areas with the spay and neuter of free roaming cats."

Why this project?
ABQFI's thoughtful explanation why these specialized sewn products are needed

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