Our aim is to bring textile repair and mending skills to all for a more sustainable future. Every Child Challenge is part of our Mission to Mend strand and focuses on helping to teach young people essential textile skills.
In April 2023, WOVEN launched a social media poll to select the top five “must know” hand sewing techniques before leaving primary school. The most voted for techniques were:
- Threading a needle & tying a knot
- Running Stitch
- Back Stitch
- Sewing on a button
- Sewing on a patch
In May of 2023 we made up and distributed 1000 textile repair kits to young people living in Kirklees. The packs contain materials and instructions to help children and adults learn hand sewing basics together so that garments can be repaired, worn for longer, and not replaced.
WOVEN has worked with Thread Republic CIC to develop an instruction leaflet and online film tutorials, providing step-by-step instructions for each of the five techniques in all the Every Child Challenge kits alongside the materials and equipment needed to get started with hand sewing.