Interior Furnishings and Textile Design

On our fun, practical course you'll learn the techniques of hand and machine sewing whilst making beautiful projects for your home.

The course will include opportunities to learn about measuring and construction techniques, adding zips, decorative sewing, applique, freeform embroidery and bias binding.

You will also look into interior and textile design trends, creating moodboards and gathering visual research for your projects.

Course Content

During our course, you will gain hands-on experience of basic hand and machine sewing techniques and will explore design, construction, materials and working to and making your own basic textile design pattern.

Techniques will include:

Hand sewing stitches
Machine sewing (range of stitching and techniques)
Seams, Finishing and Hemming techniques
Making your own bias binding
Covering buttons
Adding zips

Group teaching and technique demonstration alongside one to one sessions.

Learning outcomes:

You will learn a range of textiles techniques such as adding zips, hemming, applique.
You will collect visual research as inspiration for your projects
You will create a simple textile design pattern to use on an interior furnishing of your choice.
You will try to finish at least one project during the term

Entry Requirements

No experience of sewing necessary although you may get more done if you have basic sewing machine skills.

First Class Requirements

Please bring a notebook, pencil, and any essential sewing kit, sections or scraps of fabric that you might want to use in your projects.

Basic sewing equipment will be provided. You will be required to buy additional haberdashery materials, a list will be provided in the first class.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is necessary to progress your skills.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment for this course, but your progress will be monitored via question and answer in groups and individually and by observation. You will be given regular verbal feedback as to how you could improve and your progress in general.

Additional Information

Regular attendance and punctuality is necessary to progress your skills.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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