Great British Button Challenge: Sew a Felt Pencil Case

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

This guide will show you how to make a folded pencil case using felt and round buttons. The guide uses blanket stitch to secure the case. Learn how to sew a button and buttonhole to make a functional and secure item for your favourite stationary!

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make

1. Layer two A4 colour felt sheets


2. Measure 8cm into the sheet and make a pencil mark


3. Fold up the other side to this 8cm mark and pin in place


4. On the unfolded side, mark out curved corners if you wish using a compass, and cut out using scissors


5. Begin to sew around the edges – this will be using a blanket stitch. Place the needle through the back of the top layer


6. Loop around to the back and put the needle through the same hole, leaving a loop


7. Put the needle through this loop and pull. Begin the next stitch by putting the needle into the back again and leaving a loop.


8. Repeat this stitch until all is sewn together, leaving the folded bottom as this is already sealed!


9. Mark 2in into the top and side of the top flap of the pencil case


10. Place a button on this mark and make another mark on either side of the button


11. Cut from mark to mark in a straight line, and check that the button fits!


12. Stitch around the button hole in small loops to secure and strengthen


13. Make a mark within the buttonhole when the pencil case is closed to see where the buttons need to be sewn


14. Stitch the buttons onto these marks



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