Beginners 6 Week Course in Soft Furnishings which will cover all the basic skills required to start making your own cushions, curtains and Roman blinds at home. Attendees have fun, enjoy the learning as well as the social aspect of meeting each week and are amazed at what they can achieve in just 6 short weeks.
Course Start Dates:
Our courses run for 6 consecutive weeks but not on Bank Holidays:
- Thurs 5th Sept (12th Sept, 19th Sept, 26th Sept, 3rd Oct, 9th Oct)
- Thurs 17th Oct (24th Oct, no class 31st Halloween, 7th Nov, 14th Nov, 21st Nov, 28th Nov)
- Thurs 9th Jan (16th Jan, 23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb)
- Thurs 27th Feb (5th Mar, 12th Mar, 19th Mar, 26th Mar, 2nd Apr)
- Thurs 23rd Apr (30th Apr, 7th May, 14th May, 21st May, 28th May)
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (6 x 3hr workshops)
We also offer a daytime version of this course on the same dates as above, but running from 11am til 2pm
Venue: Stitch & Steele, Warndon Villages WR4 0EN (full address on booking confirmation)
Skill Level: Complete Beginner
This is a progressive skills course of 6 workshops covering key sewing techniques which are key to success in sewing and making soft furnishings.
This is designed for people who have little or no sewing experience at all – you will learn how to use your sewing machine as part of the course.
As the weeks progress, you will find you have improved your sewing skills and your ability to tackle new projects.
What You Will Learn:
wk 1: How To Use Your Sewing Machine
- How to set up and thread a sewing machine
- Getting to grips with stitching – tips for straight lines, curves and corners
- Different stitch types: straight, zig-zag, button-holing
- Feet attachments – what you have and ones you should buy, what they do and the projects you will need them on
- How to check sewing tension and adjusting this
- Identifying common problems with your sewing machine and fixing them
- Tips on getting into sewing – easy project ideas, essential tools and how to choose a sewing machine
wk 2: All About Fabrics For Soft Furnishings
- Overview of various fabric types & their construction
- Choosing the right kind of fabric for your project and where to buy fabrics & haberdashery from locally and online
- Inserting zips and making butonholes
- Applique techniques
- How to finish items with piping
wk 3: Cushions
- Using the skills learned so far, you will practice these by making your sample cushion choosing from either a zip cushion or envelope cushion
- You will get to use a stencil making and fabric cutting machine for applique designs if you wish to apply to your cushion designs.
wk 4: Make Your Own Curtains
- Overview of different curtain tracks & curtain pole types
- Learn how to measure your windows and estimate fabric required
- Different types of curtain headers – pencil pleat, eyelet, tabbed top, pinch pleat and make samples of each
- How to make and attach curtain linings
- Make your choice of Eyelet or Pencil Pleat curtain sample
wk 5: Make Your Own Roman Blinds
- How to measure your window for Roman Blinds & calculate fabric
- Safety considerations for fitting Roman Blinds in bedrooms which children can access and where to buy British Safety Standard approved pre-made tape kits
- How to sew your Roman Blind and fittings kit together
- Make a sample Roman Blind to take home with you to enable you to make your own at home
wk 6: Finishing Your Projects
As this is the final week, you can finish any projects you haven’t managed to finish during the course or try your hand at something new to finish at home.
What To Bring With You:
- Bring your own sewing machine if you have one, or you can use one of our brand new Janome sewing machines. There is a £10 hire fee to use one of our sewing machines for this workshop. You will need to do this when you book onto this workshop.
- You will need to bring a simple sewing kit of scissors, (hand) sewing needles, pins, some sewing cottons and some spare bobbins to wind cotton onto.
- NB: if you are bringing your own sewing machine, don’t forget the instruction manual and power cable plus any attachments you will need.
- You will get an email each week with the instructions for what to bring with you the following week as we progress.
Thurs 5th Sept 6.30pm -9.30pm, Thurs 17th Oct 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Thurs 9th Jan 6.30pm -9.30pm, Thurs 27th Feb 6.30pm -9.30pm, Thurs 23rd Apr 6.30pm -9.30pm