Cushions and Curtains Masterclass:

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Level: Beginners and those with some sewing experience

Duration: 5 days

Dates: 1-3 July; 15-17 July; 22-24 July 2014

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– Sewing masterclass over 5 days

– Create your own piped cushions and pleated curtains

– All tools and equipment provided

– Light lunch, tea/coffee/juice/water, fruit and tray bakes included

– Teaches basic sewing techniques including zips, pleats and piping

– Take home your creations at the end of the course

Course description:

Course goers will learn to create their own bespoke cushions and curtains during this 5-day masterclass. They will cover basic sewing techniques and gain a range of skills over the duration of the course to enable them to produce soft furnishings to match their chosen interior.

Step-by-step instructions will enable participants to feel more confident about measuring and cutting out their fabric, using a sewing machine, adding piping or gathering, creating easy-care fastenings with zips, buttons, press studs, ribbons or Velcro, as well as finishing off their cushions by hand.  As course goers progress during the week they will also create professional-looking curtains using their chosen fabric and preferred design be that pinch pleats, tab-top or simple gathering.

Topics covered:

– Working with different fabrics

– Measuring and cutting out

– Hem styles and techniques

– Pinch pleats and gathering

– Applying heading tape

– Piping

– Zips and other fastenings


The course is taught in a dedicated Craft Room at Le Manoir Saint Gervais. The space is beautifully designed and inspiring; participants have their own workstations and the use of various tools and equipment. Tea and coffee making facilities are available throughout the day in The Study.

This course is for beginners and experienced sewers alike. Basic sewing skills will be covered up front so that newcomers can progress quickly. If you have sewed before you will be able to choose a project of your choice and receive ongoing guidance from your tutor.

Your course tutor will contact you in advance to understand what you hope to gain from the course and also to help you choose your fabric and take measurements for your curtains and cushions.

About us:

Le Manoir Saint Gervais is a haven for all things vintage/crafty/homely. The team runs workshops, courses and masterclasses  throughout the year for individuals wanting to learn new skills while staying at a boutique B&B, or for expats and their visitors staying locally. We also create bespoke ‘crafty getaways’ for groups wishing to hire the whole house.

Who attends courses at Le Manoir Saint Gervais?

–  Independent visitors to France wishing to explore the local area, learn new skills and meet new people while staying in quality accommodation

– Family groups or groups of friends celebrating a birthday or hen party and looking for activities that everyone can do together whatever their age or ability while staying in quality accommodation

– Groups looking to increase their skills while staying in quality accommodation

– Individual visitors staying locally with friends or family and wanting to learn new skills

– Expats and French nationals who live locally and wish to learn new skills and meet new people

Note: partners, family and friends of course goers are welcome to stay at the house and enjoy the local area and what it has to offer.

Please visit our gallery to see photos of the house.

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