Curtains and Soft Furnishings
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About this course

If you have an interest in curtains and soft furnishings but are not sure where to start, this is the course for you. Beginning with the basics, you will learn about aspects of making curtains and soft furnishings to help develop your knowledge and skills in making and finishing your own personal projects.

Creativity is actively encouraged as is the sharing of information and ideas, so those wishing to improve their skills are also welcome. This is a great course for you to get out and meet like-minded people with whom you can share your ideas.

What will I learn?

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate that you have developed your new or existing skills and improved your confidence in producing curtains and soft furnishings
  • Demonstrate that you have learnt the basic techniques of making curtains and soft furnishings including using different headings, how different materials work together, inserting linings, hems, zips, bindings etc
  • Demonstrate that you have gained a better understanding of your own sewing machine's potential
  • Demonstrate that you can produce a variety of finished curtains and soft furnishings.


The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • The basic techniques of curtain making including measuring, cutting, sewing, inserting linings, attaching heading tapes, hems, pattern matching
  • The basic techniques of soft furnishings including design, zips, cutting, patterns, attaching binding, piping and adornments
  • Understanding the range of materials available and where to source them
  • The professional touches that make all the difference.
Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications
Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.
Additional costs and information

You will need to bring all the equipment and materials needed for your projects, including your own sewing machine, scissors, pins, needles, materials, patterns and any notions (buttons, zips, thread etc.).  Your tutor will advise you about how and where to source materials if required.

A steam iron will be available. Your tutor will be able to advise you on the precise requirements that you might need for your own particular projects.

You may wish to bring with you some small change for tea/coffee refreshments.

What could I do next?
You can enrol on another of the creative courses offered in the leisure programme such as Upholstery, Sewing and Dressmaking and Antique Furniture Restoration full details of which can be found in the College's directory of Part Time Courses.