Cushions masterclass

learn how to sew a cushion in our cushions masterclass

Do you want to know how to make beautiful, professional-looking cushions with confidence? Would you like to make a variety of cushion styles? 

Whether you’re considering starting a soft furnishing business or simply want to update your own home, this workshop is an enjoyable way to master essential sewing skills that will last a lifetime.

This workshop should only be booked if you have already attended a Get to know your sewing machine workshop or have a similar level of knowledge. It is assumed that you are competent with your machine.

The finished sample covers will be approx 20cm squares. All materials are supplied including zips, piping, binding etc.

This workshop is also available online.




23 May 2023


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What will we cover?

During the course of this sewing workshop you will learn how to sew a selection of 5 sample cushion covers; zipped, piped, oxford flat border, contrast tied and box. These will have uses both inside and outside your home. You will learn how to insert a zip into a cushion and how to remove unsightly dog ears from your cushions too.

Topics covered will include;

  • choose your fabrics 
  • cut out correctly
  • create your own simple patterns
  • sew five different cushion covers: zipped, piped, Oxford flat border, contrast tied and box cushions
  • insert a zip  
  • make piping
  • remove unsightly dog ears

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work. 


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can. 


Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Yes, this workshop assumes that you are competent with your sewing machine. You need to have already attended one of our Get to know your sewing machine workshops, or have a similar level of knowledge. 

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

All materials are supplied, including zips, piping and binding. 


If you are bringing your own machine, please ensure you have your foot pedal and accessories with you. 


What will I take home with me?

As well as your finished sample covers (approx 20cm square), you’ll leave with a set of detailed handouts so you can replicate everything we’ve done at home with ease.



Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.



Vanessa Cordell
Vanessa Cordell

Having trained and worked as an accountant, Vanessa only took up sewing once her two daughters started school. She found real joy in creating things for others. As well as dressmaking, she loves patchwork and making things for the home. (Her husband thinks there are more than enough cushions already!) Vanessa is also becoming competent at crochet, thanks to Made and Making's Sarah Brangwyn. It's a hobby that she finds far easier to take on holiday than a sewing machine!

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