Join our Begginers Sewing Skills Weekend to build your confidence in sewing techniques by completing a custom workbook and producing your own scatter cushion, over 2 fun days.


If you have always wanted to understand and ‘make friends’ with your sewing machine, this is the perfect workshop to gain skills and confidence. It’s fun, and in no time at all, you’ll be buzzing to set up a sewing corner at home. It all starts here.


The focus of this weekend is to befriend your own sewing domestic machine (if you have one already) and become familiar with its functions, accessories and the features relevant to soft furnishings. 



Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm


Projects: Scatter Cushion & Workbook Exercise folder

Venue: Bristol Upholstery Collective Training Centre - 186 Wells Road BS42AL

Course Fee: £195 inc. zips, piping cord & feather insert ('practice' upholstery fabric can be provided if necessary)

DAY 1 - Understading your machine and the basic priciples of sewing


DAY 2 - Producing your scatter cushion

You'll need:
● Half metre fabric for your scatter, (up to 1m if you wish to dopiping and pattern matching)

● Zip, if you require a colour other than black or white

● Your sewing machine + zip foot

● Scissors & pins

● Strong matching thread

● A packed Lunch & mug to top up with tea

● A photo of the where your cushion will end up once sewn


What you will learn:

  • Understand how and why sewing machines work

  • Learn how to thread up and correct tension

  • Get a feel for what your machine likes and does’t like - Complete our fun sewing exercise!

  • Know what to do when your machine makes a strange sound and stops working.

  • Practice making single piping

  • Sew around corners

  • Sew in a zip

  • Learn how to use an overlocker

  • Creating fabric cutting templates

  • Take Home a Scatter cushion that you have successfully sewn


Beginners Sewing Skills Weekend -18th & 19th June 2022