Great British Button Challenge: Sew Your Journey Home
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Great British Button Challenge: Sew Your Journey Home

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

Sewn maps look so striking as an educational decoration to hang on the wall, and these would look fantastic lined up on a board in your classroom! Read the tutorial below to find out how to teach your class to sew a journey from their school to their home using buttons that you can collect free in store at Hobbycraft.

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.


Begin by using the template to make the house shape onto the cardboard. Cut the house shape out.
Top tip! This doesn’t have to be exact. It is simply to reinforce the paper so that the stitches do not come out when you sew.


Take your map and find on it the route that you take to school. Tape the map to a sunny window with the wrong side facing you (this helps to work out roughly where to put the tape) and stick some masking tape over the area of your school route.


On the right side of the map, use a simple running stitch to trace the way you get from your house to your school.


Now sew on two different buttons, one for your house and one for your school.


Trim the map and glue it to the house shape. You will need to trim on the back to make it fit the corners.


Use a piece of felt to cover the back and trim this to suit the house shape. Add a small hanging loop to the back with some embroidery thread.

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