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

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Course Overview

This non-accredited course runs from St Margaret’s Campus, each Wednesday, 12:30 – 3 pm for 9 weeks starting on 11 September and finishing on 13 November 2024.
This is a tutor-led beginner’s course. You will create a portfolio of samples using the basic skills needed to make a variety of soft furnishings.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During this course, you will learn:
– Health and safety, safe working practice regulations
– A variety of different hand stitches and their application in soft furnishings
– How to use a sewing machine
– How to apply interlining to curtain fabric
– Suitability of different types of fabrics for different projects
– How to create mitred corners

Each week you will work towards producing samples demonstrating skills and techniques enabling you to build a portfolio for your reference and use in your future projects.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed as an introduction to soft furnishings skills and is suitable for those students who have not yet completed a soft furnishings course before.

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

How you will be assessed

There are no formal assessments, exams or coursework. Your tutor will informally assess your progress each week.    

You will receive a certificate of course completion based on your progress in class and attendance.

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 are in receipt of 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 £25,000.


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

You can only complete this course once.

On completion of this course, you may progress onto our Soft Furnishings Improvers course or one of the other Adult Engagement and Progression courses.

Your tutor will advise and discuss the various progression routes available to you. You can also access the Careers Team to support progression.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required or sent a conditional offer according to the course’s entry requirements. You will then be invited to enrol for your chosen course.

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