Areas we cover
Based in West London we cater for Sewing parties in Teddington, Richmond, St Margarets, Kew, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham and Whitton, Hampton, Kingston and Isleworth areas but can travel within 5 mile radius for Parties. Our workshops are based around Strawberry Hill, Twickenham.
Stella McMahon and Ann-Marie Jefferies head up Betty Buttons. We are passionate about all things handmade and want to inspire young stitchers to make handmade treasures of their own. Betty Buttons have run sewing workshops for children in Strawberry Hill and Twickenham for almost 5 years. We now offer Sewing Parties and Bespoke Creative Sewing Workshops for groups of 10 or more. Our sewing classes have always been fun and informal, focusing on traditional sewing skills.
I love craft and design and have become a designer maker and self confessed fabric hoarder. From an early age I’d make strapless dresses for my Pippa dolls belted by a wiggly twist of Ric-Rac or a satin ribbon tacked on with huge stitches (or sellotape if short of time between fashion changes). At secondary school, sewing and art became the highlight of my week and once I got my own sewing machine at around 16 years of age – I was making my own clothes! I studied Fashion History and Textiles & Dress at A level before going on to do a Visual Communications Degree in Graphic Design and Communication, but until recently have never had the time to put my hobby to any creative use. Our workshops give children the confidence to have a go at their own creative projects and stir up their limitless imagination.
Sewing and embroidery have been part of my life for as long as I can remember! My mother taught and inspired me to make clothes and gifts as a girl and my love for fabric and crafts has continued ever since. I took up embroidery as a means to sew whilst studying and working abroad and have since taken courses at The Royal School of Needlework and part of a City & Guilds qualification. Through Betty Buttons I hope to inspire many others to find their own love of sewing and embroidery.
You may have noticed our rather natty togs. We chose these photos because our mums made these dresses for us. I’m not sure they were that fashionable even then but hey, handmade makes every item unique and that’s half the fun of it. We hope to inspire children to have a go, design something unique and are proud to say – “I made that.”