Great British Button Challenge: Sew a Solar System
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Great British Button Challenge: Sew a Solar System

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time < 1 hour

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 found that 1 in 5 people in the UK can’t sew on a button, with 52% never taught at school, so we’re giving teachers, parents and budding stitchers creative inspiration for imaginative button makes, with projects suitable for individuals and group activities, and ideas that are both fun and educational! Find out more about the Great British Button Challenge, and the great prizes up for grabs, at www.hobbycraft.co.uk/buttonchallenge

Space is such an exciting and engaging subject to be learning about at school! This project is a great one for group work in the classroom, and once finished will look absolutely brilliant displayed within the classroom. Read the tutorial below to find out the process of creation.

An original design by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier.

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How to make


NB: Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning.
Top tip! Leave enough room around each word for cutting out.


Begin by stamping the names of the planets onto the white fabric.


Cut the labels out and put them aside. They are ready to use when we get to that bit.
Top tip! You can draw the lines in freehand but if you are a bit wonky, find some round things and draw around them. They don’t have to be the same distance apart, aim for around 1- 2.5cm.


Prepare the dark blue felt first. In order to not cram the model in too much. Position the sun on the right hand side in the middle rather than the centre of the felt and then draw concentric circles around it for the orbital lines of the planets.


Sew the orbital lines with a running stitch using three strands of embroidery thread in a colour to match the planet.
Top tip! Stagger the planets on their orbits to leave room for the labels.


The button planets come next. Sew the sun on first and then the planets around it.


Glue the labels next to their planets. The order is the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. Uranus, Neptune. Did you know? The Earth is in an area called the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ so called because it is not too hot and not too cold – just the right distance from the sun to allow life.


Glue the lining onto the back of the front to hide any threads.


Finally, cut two pieces of your coordinating felt 5cm wide x 18cm long and fold them in half widthwise. Come in 2.5cm from each outer side on the top and make a tab with the felt stitching it on the front and back and finishing with a button on the front.


Thread your stick through the tabs to hang your universe!

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