One project, ripple effect


When you learn to earn
you will aim to score big goals

We work towards reviving the clothing manufacturing industry to create sustainability and restoring dignity to women in our local community.


About us

We empower young women to become self-sustainable and
employable through skills development

Design26 Foundation is a registered NPC & NPO with Public Benefit status, able to provide our donors and sponsors with an 18A Certificate.  We are a womens empowerment program that offers young women the opportunity to gain a skill and become employable within todays competitive environment. An FP&M SETA Accredited sewing skills provider.  Birth out of the desire to reclaim, restore hope and dignity. 


beginners sewing skills (FREE)
committment fee - R300
beginners sewing skills(FOR WOMEN OVER 20 YEARS OLD)
Registration - R300
Course fee - R4800
advanced sewing skills
Registration - R300
Course fee - R6000
beginners pattern making
Registration - R300
Course fee - R7080
Come join us

"Our people have the right to hope, the right to a future, No power on this earth can destroy the thirst for human dignity"


To create a robust pipeline of highly skilled employees, entrepreneurs and suppliers for the manufacturing industry in Cape Town.

for women between 15 & 20 years old

123630 –

Research and establish customer requirements.

Present customers with appropriate sample garment or sketch.

Negotiate selling price and delivery requirements with customer.

Confirm order with customer.

123631 – 

Identify the components and materials required to make a garment. 

Calculate quantities of components and materials.

Cost the garment and calculate selling price.

Evaluate and adjust the cost and/or selling price according to market demands and customer requirements.

123632 – 

Cut out garment parts using a commercial pattern.

Prepare sewing machine. 

Sew, finish a garment.

Check quality and pack completed garment. 

123633 – 

Establish material requirements 

Identify suppliers 

Select and buy materials 

Open to all ages

123630 –

Prepare sewing machine 

Troubleshoot / Safety 

Different attachments 

Using 2 types of sewing machines 

Sew on sample fabric pieces Safety 
Threading 2 types of machines 
Winding a bobbin 
Get to know your machine 
Introduction to different types of attachments 

Practical Tests

open to all ages

10924 –

Preparing and setting sewing machines for specific sewing operations.

Performing basic routine maintenance functions.

Identifying and preparing and sew product parts. 

  • Putting in a plain zip
  • Binding a neckline
  • Insert pockets 
  • Faced/Milter Placket 
  • Collars 
  • Practical make a skirt and top

Performing basic routine maintenance functions.

Applying safety standards when operating machines.

open to al ages

243685 – 

Explaining the processes involved in the design and development of a sewn product.

Identifying customer needs, completing product specifications and completing basic technical drawings.

Identifying and using design, development and pattern making tools.

Taking body measurements and reading basic size charts.

Drafting basic blocks and making basic patterns.

  • Basic bodice block 
  • Draft a sleeve 
  • Draft a pencil & circle skirt 
  • Draft a pants 
  • Changing pattern pieces 

Compiling basic specifications and basic cost sheets. 

Compiling basic specifications and basic cost sheets. 

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With your help we have trained
young women