Multicultural Women's Sewing Group Inc.

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Multicultural Women’s Sewing Group

Every Wednesday and Saturday in Brunswick, a quiet but powerful thing has been happening. Community is being created as women come together to explore the hand-made, to sew and share with each other.

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The MWSG is a free and welcoming space in Inner Melbourne for women and their children from over 45 different cultures. Twice a week it provides the avenue to belong, connect, share stories, learn new skills, inspire, laugh and have something to look forward to each week.
We provide a trained facilitator and free use of equipment for our women to create everything from household items to scrub caps, as well as opportunities to collaborate on public art installations and community projects.

Over our 25-year history we have partnered with a variety of community organisations ranging from sharing our creative skills with newly arrived women from The Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre to producing bird’s nests and Joey pouches donated to Fund For WildLife Victoria to help bushfire affected wildlife. Our members enjoy making art and craft to be sold at markets as a fundraiser for our group, which not only creates a bond and enhances the social connection between the women but gives them a sense of purpose and achievement as well.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have moved our group sessions online; the group ‘Zooms’ together to learn and in the isolation of their homes they also sew scrub caps that are donated to the medical staff at Sunshine Hospital.

Our group is important for our women from over 45 cultural backgrounds to connect even if it is during the pandemic online or by phone. Our members now stay united and supported in this difficult time by our love of sewing.

In November 2020 we plan to celebrate our 25th Silver Anniversary to commemorate our group’s vibrant multicultural history. The celebration will be based on the theme of “Australia we belong” and how Australia has become “home”. Although the face to face preparation has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working cooperatively to create an exhibition of flags made by our members, representing their country of origin or ethnicity. This will be accompanied by a party and the sharing of their story via a language facilitator and will include photography.

Your donation will help funding our operational costs ($15,000) and to continue our sewing group in the financial year 2020/2021. Your contribution creates the opportunity for over 80 women to participate not only in sewing and creative activities but also to connect and support each other.

Without help of this fund we may have to close our doors completely. We are however, committed to the way creativity builds harmony amongst so many different women. We have done this for 25 years and we are determined to see this year through. We are seeking supporters to help us to continue to do what we do in 2020 and to resume and rebuild our sewing community after the lockdown at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.

Any donation is valued as it allows us to welcome more of Melbourne’s most marginalised women into our safe and creative physical space or in times of social distancing at home.

For more information please contact:
Luci Tamis, President:

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Twice a week, in a community hall in inner-city Melbourne, women from over 45 cultures come together to sew, share, laugh and create at the Multicultural Women’s Sewing Group.

We provide a trained facilitator and free use of equipment where we sew and create everything from personal items, sewing projects for community benefit as well as collaborating on public art and craft installations.

Over our 25-year history we have partnered with many community organisations including: The Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre; Fund For WildLife Victoria producing pouches and nests for injured wildlife; and during the recent COVID-19 pandemic we’ve collaborated online sewing scrubs for the medical staff at Sunshine Hospital.

Over the years we’ve been able to fund our activities through government grants in addition to fundraising activities organised by our volunteers. However, in the current COVID-19 climate our sustainability is at risk because we cannot fundraise as we had planned. Hence, we are asking for support using the ACF platform.

We remain proud that we have nourished this community for 25 years and we commit to offering a creative, welcoming, safe space where women of diverse cultures can share in the joy of the hand-made and traditional craft skills.


Louise Mattessi


Katherine Oleinikov


Multicultural Women’s Sewing Group


Andrea Bunting


Sheryl Bryce


Claire Stanyer


Jane Thomas


Catherine Cherry


Thao Nguyen

Ha Noi

Marie-Louise Drew




Ismail Abou-Sinna