We’re on a mission to get Britain sewing again, starting with our schools!

As part of the Great British Button Challenge, we’re giving out free buttons to schools, and challenging teachers to bring sewing back into UK classrooms.

The 2018 Hobbycraft Report surveyed 10,000 people and found that 1 in 5 people in the UK can’t sew on a button, with 52% never taught at school, so we're inviting teachers to pop along to their nearest Hobbycraft store and pick up a free pack of buttons and Great British Button Challenge stickers (terms apply, scroll down for details).

We're also giving teachers, parents and budding stitchers creative inspiration for imaginative button makes, with fun projects that are suitable for individuals and groups, and educational resources that link sewing to school learning topics.

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Teachers – how to collect your free buttons!

UK school teachers and teaching assistants can visit their local Hobbycraft store between 21 May and 20 July 2018 and show ID to collect a special Great British Button Challenge pack (while stocks last).

The pack will contain a bag of buttons from Hobbycraft’s ValueCraft range (teachers can choose any £1 pack from the range in-store), as well as a set of 32 stickers for pupils who’ve completed the challenge and an illustrated how-to sheet giving step by step instructions for how to sew on a button.

Download the Great British Button Challenge Teacher’s Guide containing instructions for how to sew on a button, plus the full set of creative projects.

Watch Hobbycraft’s sewing expert Miss Libby Rose demonstrate how to sew on a button in our video.

Share your makes to win!

Teachers and pupils can take photos of their button makes and share them on the Hobbycraft blog/social, with high-value prizes up for grabs. Two prizes will be won at the end of July 2018 – one individual prize (£50 voucher) and one group prize (Creative Classroom bundle worth £150) – and a further two at the end of Dec 2018.

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Safe sewing tips

Sewing on a button is a simple process, but it involves the use of both sharp needles and scissors, so an appropriate level of supervision is essential. Teachers taking on the Great British Button Challenge should make a judgement about supervision based on the age of the children involved, and manage classroom activities appropriately to avoid any injuries or mishaps.

For younger children, you may wish to consider using a plastic yarn needle and embroidery thread, and pre-making holes in fabric before pupils get to work.