Set Up Making Soft Furnishings As A Business Course (SUMSFAB)


SUMSFAB Course – Level 1 (5 days or 6 days if within school day) How to make bespoke hand-finished curtains and roman blinds. The Client Visit.  How to set up in business.


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Setting Up Making Soft Furnishings As a Business Course

Level 1 (of three)

Day 1

Make a sample pencil pleat curtain:  lined, interlined, hand-finished with herringbone, hem, lock stitch and mitred corners.

Day 2

Make a sample pinch pleat curtain: double, triple, goblet pleats.  Pattern-matched join.  Calculating fabric quantities.

Day 3

Make a sample roman blind.  Assessing and measuring a window.  Calculation of rod pocket intervals, attaching rod pocket tape, interlined, blackout lined, stab stitches (across rod pockets).

Day 4

Further roman blind options:  mitred fabric border on edge and sides of a blind.  Adding trim.  Child Health & Safety Regulations.  Blind headrail options and adjustments.

Day 5

Finish samples of trimmings.  Discussion of other types of blinds.  Create samples of herringbone, hem, lock stitch and mitred corner with ladder stitch to include in reference folder.

Discussion of aspects of setting up in business including finance, equipment needed, trade accounts, insurance, working from home, Health & Safety, Terms and Conditions, Pricing, Tax Returns, Record Keeping, Sole Traders.



Additional information


Level 1 (5 days): Jan 14, 21, Feb 2, 6, 25.

DATES Available

Level 1, 5 days, 9.30-17.00: Jan 14, 21, Feb 2, 6, 25 (2023), Level 1, 6 days, 9.30-14.50: Mar 6, 20, 28, Apr 17,25, May 2 (2023)


The Garden Room (at the bottom of my garden) is where I run (in the main) the workshops and once you have done a workshop you will be able to come back at a time to suit you to work in the Garden Room on your own project. I will be working there too, but on hand to help with any queries you may have.

The days and times of these for the autumn will soon be listed below and cost £12 per two-hour session. A maximum of four people can come along at any one time, so please contact me on 07735 503824 or [email protected] to let me know when you would like to come.

In my experience, there is always a slight lack of confidence when tackling your own project on your own for the first time, and, just as importantly, when do you actually manage to set aside quality time with no interruptions?

Simply let me know which sessions you would like to come to and I will book you in.

‘After doing a box cushion workshop with Sarah I had plenty of new skills but actually getting started on the seat cushions for our boat was a bit daunting! I then came along to a couple of Sewing Café Sewing Sessions which were so helpful – just being able to run through measurements and how best to tackle tricky corners meant that I have now re-covered all the cushions! I think I would still be hesitating on which bit to start first without that extra reassurance! Thank you so much.’  Heather R, Stratford-upon-Avon