Beginner Soft Furnishings

How to make a stylish curtain

Date : Sunday 19th January

Time : 10.30am - 5.30pm

Price : £99.00


Want to start making beautiful soft furnishings for your home? We can teach you all you need to know and it starts here. 

This beginners soft furnishings course is perfect for those who already know how to use a sewing machine, and possibly have ideas in mind to decorate their home beautifully. 

Your tutor will take you through all the techniques and skills you need to make a pair of curtains the professional way. Guiding you through from scratch, we cover cutting, sewing, fabric choices, fabric design variations &  where to buy the luxe look for less.


Guiding you through the starter theory, skills & techniques required, you will learn through demonstrations, practice and easy to understand explanations. 


•Learn all about the essential tools you need in your kit.

•Fabric choices & trims - what to buy, why to buy it, the pitfalls in fabric choices. 

•How to measure your windows correctly & calculate how much fabric you will need

•Header types - what to buy and why, how to calculate quantity

•Pattern matching - what this is, and how to ensure your designs sit perfectly ‘in repeat’.

•Curtain making techniques

•How to lay fabric correctly, in preparation for cutting

*Cutting & pinning techniques techniques - how to precision cut your fabric correctly, using shears 

*How to sew your curtain in a matching pattern repeat

*How to construct perfect edgings on the curtain

*How to attach different header options to the curtain

*Tie backs - ideas to compliment your design

*Professional hand finishing techniques


You will leave with a beginners curtain making info pack, filled with theory handouts, diagrams and even better - your own professionally made swatches to take any and keep for reference.


* Note: you will not be cutting and making full scale curtains in this class - it teaches you the skies you need to know to construct your curtains at home, at a relaxed pace *

What you will need to bring with you

  • Bring your own machine to class, ensuring it is in good working order before class. 

  • We can provide a machine if needed, for a small hire fee.

  • Feel free to bring images torn from magazines of curtains  & furnishings you dream of making, as inspirational design detailing is also brainstormed in class.

  • Notebook, pen and mobile phone for photos and recording important tips & techniques.

What is included in the price?

The class includes:

  • Expert instruction in a small class of 6 maximum. 

  • Free fabrics, thread and curtain making technique samples (as constructed in class) to take away and use at home.

  • The use of our tools, equipment and cutting tables

  • Theory documents and handouts to take away

  • Unlimited tea, coffee and sweet treats anytime in class.

Skill level required to join this class

This course is suitable for the beginner soft furnishings sewer.  Sewing skills are needed: you can use a standard sewing machine unaided, understand seam allowances, and will have completed a few sewing projects to completion successfully. 

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