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Home furnishing online - scatter cushions for beginners

Would you love to have the satisfaction of knowing how to make your own decorative scatter cushions to add a personalised splash of colour, texture or print interest to a sofa, chair or bed? As long as you have basic sewing machine skills, this 2 session distance learning taster class will show you all the essential skills & techniques you will need to complete a plain or piped cushion. This is a great way to be creative & potentially use remnant pieces of fabric, or to upcycle old garments or furnishings!

Home furnishing online - scatter cushions for beginners (TFD0007OL)


from 7pm to 8. 30pm

For 2 weeks.


17 November 2020


24 November 2020


Online and distance learning


£21 (full)

£21 (reduced)

£21 (concession)

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To enrol call 020 8314 6959 Monday to Thursday 10am–4pm. More ways to enrol

Call: 020 8314 6959

What prior knowledge, experience and qualifications will I need?
This 'taster' class is aimed at beginners who have a sewing machine at home & can use it to a good basic standard- or those with very rusty knowledge that they want to improve! Maths using addition, subtraction and multiplication are required on this course in order to make calculations for a variety of projects. English reading skills are essential to be able to interpret patterns and follow technical instructions. Learners are, therefore, expected to have at least Entry Level standard in Maths and English. Before enrolling, please contact the curriculum leader if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the course for you.

Learning Goals:
To access online instructions & resources To correctly calculate the cushion cover panel measurements, and fabric requirements, as appropriate to your project Sample and use a range of techniques, including piping and zip insertion Complete your cushion/s to a good standard

What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of online teaching methods during the course which may include the following: written and visual instructions, technical handouts, demonstration clips, one to one or small group remote tuition, observation & assessment of progress, and discussion/question & answer sessions using an online platform such as Google Meet or Zoom

What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess your progress on the course. These may include: observation & evaluation of your work samples, question & answer sessions, and individual feedback & support via email and an online platform such as Google Meet or Zoom.

Will extra work be required outside the class times?
Extra work is not essential but will enable learners to practice techniques and progress their projects at a faster pace.

What materials will I need for the course and how much will they cost?
A sewing machine, a feather or polyester filled cushion inner (if you are buying this an average sized pad is approximately 40cm square), your cover fabric/s, a matching or toning plain zip (approx.30- 35cm long depending on your cushion size & good quality polyester sewing thread. You will also need basic sewing kit items such as pins, a tape measure, stitch un-picker & scissors. To make the cushion cover, you will need a length of between 60-100cm of medium weight soft furnishing fabric (ideally either 100% cotton or predominantly cotton based), and if you want to make up a contrasting piping for the edges you will need an additional 50cm of cotton fabric. You will have the opportunity to discuss materials specifics with the tutor either before or during the first course session.

What do I need to bring to the first class?
Please assemble your basic sewing kit & materials, or your work in progress so far, and have a notebook and pen to hand for making notes. Closer to the start date of the course, you will be given access to the technical instructions and you will be able to start to make your cushion at any time that suits you – you will then be able to contact the tutor by email or face-to face via a social media platform to discuss your work and have feedback & technical support.

Options when finished
The department offers a wide variety of fashion and textile courses at different levels, and a small number of which are delivered online . Information about additional or progression courses is available through the tutor, the Curriculum Leader or the current ALL programme on our website. There are also a range of courses at a higher level offered across London and the South East by Colleges, Community & Adult Education providers and through local craftspeople.

Additional information
In order to be able to fully participate in this online course, you will need to have the recommended range of materials & basic equipment at home. The course tutor or curriculum leader will contact you prior to the start date to clarify how the course will operate, what you will need for the first session, and how & when you will be able to communicate with her

For general enquiries and course availability information call 0208 314 3300. For more detailed information and guidance about the course:

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