Introduction to Soft Furnishing Skills – Curtains, Cushions and Blinds – C8174

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Course Overview

The course takes place at our St Margaret’s Campus and runs each Wednesday 12:30pm – 3:00pm for 9 weeks.

If you have ever wanted to learn how to make curtains or cushion covers this is a learning opportunity for you. During this short course, you will learn how to make curtains, cushion covers or blinds.

You will be able to purchase some extra materials through the college. All other machinery and equipment is provided.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will learn basic soft furnishings skills and techniques necessary to complete your soft furnishing project guided by a tutor. These will include tips, tricks and stitches for application in a wide variety of projects.

You may also learn how to make a zipped cushion cover, a box cushion cover; how to make a loose cover for a small foot stool; the elements to make curtains with a variety of different headings.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19+ and be able to complete a short workbook weekly with the help of your tutor.

How you will be assessed

At the start of your course you will decide with your tutor what your project will be. There are no formal assessments, exams or coursework. Your tutor will informally assess your progress each week.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £90.00

Additional Costs

The cost of the course is £90.00. However, you will not be required to pay a fee for this course if you receive one of the following benefits:

– Universal Credit
– JSA or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Action Group)

There will be no fees if you earn less than £20,319.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

This hobby course is designed to introduce you to the skills required to undertake a soft furnishings project independently. Upon completion, you may wish to enrol again to hone your skills and restore a different piece or it might inspire you to look into enrolling onto one of our full time fashion or design courses.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to come into College if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

For enrol and pay courses: Once you have decided to take the course, you need to fill in a short student details form online and pay the course fee. Once you have done this, you will receive an electronic confirmation of enrolment and payment.

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