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Courses and Workshops

At Design Interiors we run a series of one day courses on curtains, blinds and soft furnishings from our home workshop in Findon, West Sussex.

Learn from scratch or improve your skills . We aim to provide students with all the skills required to make high quality hand sewn curtains, blinds and soft furnishings. With a maximum of 6 students per class, there is plenty of time for individual attention. Whilst practical, courses are designed to be fun and informal.

(For complete beginners check out the Basic sewing and getting to know your sewing machine day)

All workshops have a full demonstration of various stages with course notes provided and you will have the opportunity to make a mini sample of each project to take home with you, so that you will have it for reference when completing further projects at home.

Upon enrollment on a one day workshop you will become a member of the Design Interiors Discount Club, which will entitle you to 20% discount on our vast range of fabrics, wallpapers, linings, tracks, poles, roman blind supplies and haberdashery.

Bring your own sewing machine if you'd like or use one of ours.

  • Step by step tuition
  • Small friendly classes
  • Professional workroom in lovely surroundings
  • All materials and course notes provided
  • Includes morning coffee, home cooked lunch, afternoon tea and snacks (all diets and allergies catered for - just let us know in advance)
    On going technical support

The day will start at 9.30 am with coffee and a chat. A chance to meet your fellow students and discuss the day a head. There will be a break for morning coffee and cookies, home cooked lunch and afternoon tea and cake. (Cake and cookie eating are not compulsory !) We will finish at approx 5pm although there is no set time limit for students to finish their samples. See course calendar for dates. Dates are for guidelines only. Please ring to check availability as courses will not run for insufficient numbers. Alternative days can be arranged to suit you for groups of 6 people.

Getting to know your Sewing Machine and Basic Sewing

Techniques - One Day £95

Opening the box ! Seriously - how many of you have taken the first step of buying the machine but haven't actually started it up yet.

Assembling tools and equipment

Choosing Thread

Winding a bobbin and threading up

Getting the correct stitch length and tension

Changing feet for different types of sewing

Sewing a basic seam

Turning a hem

Machine or hand sew a hem

Basic zipper insertion

Making piping and using a piping foot

(This day includes basic sewing techniques required for basic curtain making, roman blinds and basic cushion making)

Roman Blinds - One day £95

Learn how to make a hand sewn roman blind. We will discuss various fitting options and the different types of operating mechanisms available , from the traditional baton to the continuous chain.

Measuring and calculating fabric and lining requirements, pleat spaces and rod pockets.

Cutting out

Making up lining with rod pockets

Assembling the blind

Cording up the finished blind.

Make a sample

Advanced Blind making - Two Days £180

Students must have attended the Roman Blinds one day course before participating in this course.

Waterfall blinds

Fantail Blinds

Austrian blinds

London Blinds

Adding trims, frills

Introduction to curtain making - One Day £95

Learn how to measure a window for curtains

Discuss design ideas and choose appropriate heading

Calculate fabric and lining quantities

Cutting out

Joining widths and pattern matching

Mitreing the corners

Attaching pencil pleat tape

Make a sample

Interlined curtains with Hand Sewn Headings -

Two Days £180

Students must have attended the Introduction to Curtain Making Course before participating in this day

Learn all the techniques used to create lined and interlined curtains with hand pleated headings.

Attaching interlining

Calculating pleat sizes for triple pleat and goblet headings

The use of stiffening

Creating Pleats

Make a sample

Basic Cushion Making - Half Day £50

Making basic zipped or envelope style cushion cover

Choosing filling

Cutting out and centering pattern

Making a sample

(Sample fabric and zipping are included although students can bring their own fabric if preferred. Pads can be purchased if wished)

Advanced Cushion Making - One Day £95

Students must have attended the Basic Cushion Making Course before participating in this day.

Learn how to make piping

Making piped and zipped cushion covers

Inserting frills

Mock piping

Bolster cushions

Boxed cushion covers

(Sample fabric and zipping are included although students can bring their own fabric if preferred. Pads can be purchased if required. Foam for boxed cushions must be ordered in advance.)