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Soft furnishing course - Beginners

Course duration: 12 hours total

Course price: £180

What will I make: A zipped cushion, a sample curtain, roman blind sample

Course materials: £10 (optional)

Course Description

This sewing course is aimed at beginners and those with some experience. This course would be of interest to people wishing to make soft furnishings for their own home or those wishing to create a more professional finish for their projects, developing their colour and design skills. This course will give you the confidence to use a sewing machine on your own and to attempt more ambitious projects in the future.

Course Schedule

This soft furnishing sewing course is usually made up of 4 x 3 hour sessions run over 4 consecutive weeks, but we also schedule crash courses. You can check our schedule by clicking the book button.

Session 1 - The Basics

During the first three hours session you will be introduced to your sewing machine and taught basic skills in order to build confidence. Areas covered are: winding a bobbin, threading the machine, changing a needle, sewing straight lines, curves and corners, machine button holes, hemming, finishing seams and reverse stitching.

Session 2 - Make a Zipped Cushion

On the second session of the course you will make a zip cushion cover and learn a series of techniques. For this class you will need to bring along:

Cushion fabric
- 50cm of fabric (115cm or 150cm wide)
- 45-50cm (18-20 inches) closed end zip

Alternatively, you can buy the kit from us to include: inner pad, zip & fabric when booking this course for £10 only.

Session 3 - Make a Lined Curtain

In the third session you will progress into constructing a sample lined curtain using hand and machine stitching, measuring and calculating the fabric requirements for your window (all materials are included). You will gain the following skills when making your sample:

- Estimating fabric quantities
- Calculate drops & widths
- Allowances for hems & turnings
- Select & apply headings
- Assemble pieces together
- Gather up professionally

Session 4 - Make a Roman Blind

During the last day you will be able to put your new skills into practice by making and walking away with a sample roman blind (all materials are included). You will gain the following skills when making your sample:

- Calculate fabric quantities
- Allow for seams & turnings
- Allowances for hems & turnings
- Assemble pieces together
- Add trimmings
- Apply headings
- Cord & rig blinds up professionally
- Discuss systems available

Just to sew things up...

All machines and equipment are provided, although if you would like to bring your own sewing machine to learn on, you are welcome to. If you have fabric you wish to use, please bring it along. Refreshments and biscuits are included and a glass of wine for all evening classes to help create a seamless atmosphere.

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