Bib & Tucker Sew- Op is a nonprofit with the mission of cultivating skills for those who sew or want to sew (ages 9-99) where everyone can be both a teacher and a student. We have a vision of creating a cottage industry of textile manufacturing in Birmingham that would provide flexible work hours and viable income opportunities to heads of single-parent households.
Who does your organization benefit/serve?
Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is nestled in the neighborhood of Crestwood North, which makes it easy for people from Woodlawn, Avondale and beyond to meet and work together. Our membership is diverse both in age and race, though we primarily serve women. However, we have had many male visitors and encourage men to join our group. Because we meet weekly on Tuesdays during work hours, our membership is primarily of retirement age, but we have several dedicated members who join us for an
hour during their lunch breaks. The Sew-Op’s primary function is to provide a social support system and fellowship through the art of sewing. As we continue to grow, we hope to offer an economic component that will benefit our membership.
What makes your organization unique?
Bib & Tucker Sew-Op reflects the women that created it. An African American woman in her early seventies and a Caucasian woman in her thirties the co-founders are both from Birmingham and have spent the past five years sharing their experiences in this complicated city. Since we began meeting, we’ve grown this organization standing side-by-side and we’ve maintained a loving friendship and honest relationship in the hopes of bridging some of the ever-present gaps in the Magic City. Quilting is a slow art form and so the projects we take on allow our members to sit together and get to know one another and talk about everything under the sun. We support one another and we make each other laugh. We hope this is a testing ground for what is possible on a larger scale. We are optimists and idealists and artists and makers.
Tell us why your organization deserves to win Uptick’s Marketing Magic City Makeover Competition!
I want to talk about Ms. Annie for a minute. I met her at the Birmingham Quilter’s Guild in 2010. I had just moved back to Birmingham after living in Italy, China, Seattle and beyond and I was starting a clothing design business and needed to learn how to sew. Ms. Annie was the first woman to welcome me at the guild and ever since then, she has become family. We talk politics, religion and everything in between. We don’t always see eye to eye but she always tells me the truth and gently guides me through some of the confusion and frustration I feel about racial lines in Birmingham. She believe in Bib & Tucker Sew-Op and its ability to transform this city through the skills we teach and the community we build. Our organization deserves to win Uptick’s Marking Makeover because Ms. Annie deserves to witness something great grow from the work and commitment and dedication she gives to Bib & Tucker. She believes in Birmingham and I believe in her. Thank you so much for the opportunity to apply for this once in a lifetime prize.
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Remember to vote for Bib & Tucker Sew-Op via social media from May 19 – 27. Simply visit the Uptick Marketing Facebook page, find the post about Bib & Tucker Sew-Op and then like, comment, and share it!