Sewing skills are dying out because it is deemed sexist to teach schoolgirls how to sew, experts have said.

Nearly six in ten said they are unable to sew confidently or at all, according to a survey of over 2,000 adults commissioned by the British Heart Foundation.

A quarter of those polled do not even know how to sew on a button, with a fifth admitting that if they lost a button they would rather buy a new item of clothing than fix it.

The poll found that fifteen per cent of women said they were unable to sew, and the percentage more than doubled for men. Four in ten said they cannot alter the length of their trousers, and a quarter said they cannot mend a rip in their clothes.