Coat/Sleeping Bag (2 in 1) by The Empowerment Plan

I have to share this genius garment with everyone who reads my blog and I would like the whole world to know about this coat/sleeping bag (2 in 1) as it is so incredible.

I watched the amazing story behind the coat on TV and was blown away by this brilliant and inventive garment – this is a humanitarian garment that can save lives.

Veronika Scott is the designer of the coat, founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan. She is such an inspirational woman. Veronika was studying at college and had to ‘design a product to fulfil a need’ and she had the incredible idea for the coat!

The Empowerment Plan is a Detroit-based non-profit organisation dedicated to serving the homeless community. It employs and trains individuals to sew/manufacture a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag at night, and a bag when not in use.  The coats are distributed to homeless people living on the streets free of charge.

The coat is a water-resistant and self-heating jacket, which can transform into a sleeping bag, or be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. The coat is constructed of upcycled automotive insulation fabric.

The Empowerment Plan mostly hire homeless parents from local shelters to become full time seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and gain back their independence for themselves and for their families.

It is wonderful that Veronika had the idea to employ and train homeless people to make the coats and they were taught the valuable skill of sewing. These coats are made with love!

You can watch the women sew the coats on the website’s video, read about them and how their jobs have improved their lives.

It takes 3.5 hours and costs $100 to sponsor a coat, which covers the cost of labour, materials, and overhead expenses. 9,000 coats have been made and distributed since 2011. The goal this year is to produce and distribute 6,500 coats across the United States and Canada.

To find out more, please see

I would like to thank The Empowerment Plan for granting me permission to write about their organisation in my blog.

This is such a worthy cause and it deserves all the support that it can get!


About Caroline

I am a sewing/dressmaking/travel enthusiast and blogger who loves modern Japanese style and vintage inspired style. I also like to travel/visit places of interest, countryside walks and photography.
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One Response to Coat/Sleeping Bag (2 in 1) by The Empowerment Plan

  1. Susan P says:

    Wow. Thanks for this post Caroline. Fantastic idea. I love it that women facing homelessness find training for future employment in the making of these too.


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