Quick stich: How to sew a button and fix a hem In the UK we throw away 300,000 tonnes of textiles a year. Many of these items could have been saved from the bin with a quick fix, however, sewing skills are on the decline (a recent report showed that only 65% of UK adults would feel confident about sewing on a button!) No wonder people are throwing their clothing away. To help you repair rather than replace your clothing, we've written these simple guides to sewing on a button and fixing a hem. If you've already mastered these skills why not host a Make Do and Mend event to share your knowledge?