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Home furnishing - cushions, blinds & beyond!

Would you love to have the satisfaction of making your own soft-furnishings to add a personalised splash of colour, texture or print interest in your home? You will learn or develop all the essential professional standard skills & techniques you will need to work on a variety of soft furnishing projects- that will be both unique to you, and will have real longevity. These may include making cushions, blinds & curtains (*as appropriate to your starting experience level & personal design choice). You will be shown the correct way to measure and estimate fabrics, layout, cutting, making-up, pattern matching & hand finishing techniques. Complete beginners will begin with making a cushion of your choice, and over 5 weeks you should expect to complete a pair of piped cushions with a zip or button fastening, or potentially a simple cushion and a small lined roman blind. Returning learners, or those with more experience, will be able to select more complex project work of their choice. If you have no previous sewing experience & are very unsure of what to purchase, please attend the first session and discuss this with the tutor- but please be aware that you must have your fabric by the second class session, and you will then potentially only be able to complete a simple project. Please be aware the classroom for this course is on the first or second floor of the Brockley Rise Centre. We are in the process of arranging for the lift to be replaced, so temporarily there is no lift access. If you have mobility issues please contact our enquiries line 0208 3143300 or email adultlearning@lewisham.gov.uk for help and advice before enrolling.

Home furnishing - cushions, blinds & beyond! (TFD0415BR)


from 10am to 1pm

For 4 weeks.


03 November 2020


24 November 2020


Brockley Rise Centre
Brockley Rise
Crofton Park
Se23 1pr


£69 (full)

£36 (reduced)

£36 (concession)

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

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What prior knowledge, experience and qualifications will I need?
The class is designed for learners of all abilities- from complete beginners through to those with more experience. It is suitable for learners with no previous experience of using a sewing machine- but if you do have basic machine skills this would be an advantage, and enable you to progress slightly faster- and you may wish to consider attending one of our beginners sewing machine skills classes before attending this. 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:
Sample and confidently use a range of machine sewing techniques Calculate fabric measurements for cushions & blinds, as applicable Use specialist materials and equipment correctly & safely To complete your cushions, blind or an independent project

What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of teaching methods during the course which will include the following: Demonstration - both group and individual, one to one tuition, group work, assessment of progress, observation, discussion / question and answer sessions.

What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess progress on the course. These may include: Observation, completion of an Individual Learning Plan which will be updated regularly, evaluation of work samples, question and answer sessions.

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?
You need to bring a basic sewing kit to include dressmakers’ pins, hand sewing needles, good quality polyester thread to match your fabric, a tape measure and fabric cutting scissors. The course tutor will clarify information during the first class session, but as a guide, please refer to the following: for making a cushion- bring one metre of soft furnishing 100% cotton or predominantly cotton based fabric of your choice, and if you choose to make up a contrasting piping, you will need an additional half a metre (50cm) of cotton fabric. For making a Roman blind- use the same type of fabric as for the cushion, and you will also need to buy the same amount of lightweight curtain lining fabric. To calculate how much fabric you will need, measure the finished length of the window, then add a minimum of an extra 40 centimetres.

What do I need to bring to the first class?
Your furnishing fabric & basic sewing kit as listed- as well as a pen, pencil, notebook and /or A4 wallet. A phone/camera would also be useful for photographing ideas & techniques.

Options when finished
The department offers a wide variety of fashion and textile courses at different levels. Information about progression courses is available through the tutor, the Curriculum Leader or the online Adult Learning Lewisham programme. There are also a range of courses at a higher level offered across London and the South East by Colleges, Community and Adult Education providers and through local craftspeople. For more information about higher level courses currently available, please speak to your tutor or the Curriculum Leader.

Additional information
Covid 19 update: We have taken many steps to keep learners & staff safe at our centres, including smaller class sizes, and staggered class delivery times. There is also a choice of online delivery courses, if you would prefer to learn this way. If you are attending a class at the centre you may wish to wear a face mask, and you will need to provide this yourself. Sanitising products will be available for classes that share equipment. The course fee includes a small charge for basic sampling materials and sundries, and a contribution towards maintenance of tools and equipment.

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

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