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Our Teach Yourself Guides provide you with the skills, flexibility and inspiration you need when furnishing your home. They will enable you to avoid the costs and frustrations associated with inadequate ready made products and expensive professional design and make services.
What's more, you can now download each of our guides immediately, after purchasing, as PDF files. Instead of waiting for your guides to be delivered by post you can now save them to your computer and then print out your copy. This has the added advantage of enabling you to make notes, scribble and sketch on your guide and then simply print a fresh copy for next time!
If you wish to buy several guides then why not consider the full set? This contains all 9 guides and is available for download at half the price of the individually sold guides for just 35.99.
Simply Furnishings' Teach Yourself Guides give you the ability to create your own beautiful soft furnishings in your own choice of fabrics and designs achieving a really professional finish
  • A unique range of seven individual sewing guides available for immediate download from our website
  • Practical step-by-step instructions covering every stage of the design and make process
  • No detailed knowledge of soft furnishings required - only sound basic sewing skills
  • Carefully designed to be easy to use and fun to work through, avoiding confusing jargon
  • Free introductory sewing guide and Glossary to assist beginners
  • All guides follow the same basic style and structure
  • Information is clearly laid out alongside illustrations and colour photos of finished articles
  • Guides can be individually purchased and downloaded in PDF format
  • Alternatively, the entire set of 9 guides is available on CD ROM for delivery worldwide
  • Last but not least.... Our guides are excellent value for money ranging from only 7.99 to 29.99!
Where to begin?
With the help of our two introductory sewing guides, even beginners will be able to learn to make a range of beautiful soft furnishings products with confidence! Then, once you have mastered the basic techniques the guides will show you how to develop your skills further, instructing you on more advanced techniques including design and fabric variations! 

Here you have several options! Simply check out the suggestions below and click on the appropriate links to find out more.

  1. If you are a complete beginner or have some limited sewing experience but have never made any soft furnishings before, then start by downloading our free beginner's guide covering basic tools and sewing terms, stitches and seams. Find out more and download the free guide now!

  2. Read about each of our Teach Yourself Guides in detail. We have produced 7 guides in total, two introductory guides and one individual guide for each soft furnishings project. Here you will find an overview of the contents and structure of each of our sewing guides along with a short introduction. Select a soft furnishings project/guide from the list in the left menu.

  3. Place your order quickly, simply and securely online! Once you have decided which of the guides you would like to purchase, go to the page detailing the particular guide (or CD-ROM) and simply click on the "add to shopping basket" button . You will be asked to confirm your selection and will then be redirected back to the guides pages to continue shopping. By clicking the "View basket" button at the top of the page you may remove items from your basket at any time. Once you have finished click the "Go to checkout" button at the top of the page. At the checkout the total cost of your guides will be calculated and appropriate shipping costs added if ordering the CD. You will then need to follow the instructions enabling you to pay securely by credit card.

  4. Once you have completed the purchase process a link to the Adobe PDF file will be displayed - save this to your computer for you to view and print - an invaluable resource that you can refer to and use again and again.

  5. If you have ordered the CD, Simply Furnishings will send this to you by post within 7-14 days.

  6. Finally, make sure you have a copy of our free introductory guide to hand. In order to avoid repetition, we often refer back to this guide in each of our full sewing guides. Even if you are not a complete beginner, there may be a techniques or terms that you are not familiar with.

  7. Note: our American visitors should also bear in mind that many of the sewing and soft furnishings terms used in England are different to those you may be familiar with. Our glossary and introductory guide will prove very handy in ensuring that you are able to follow the instructions in the guides more easily.

Still not sure which soft furnishings project is right for you?

If you would like to learn more about making soft furnishings before you begin browsing through our set of guides, check out our "Getting Started" section. Here you will learn more about the different types of soft furnishings covered in our guides and find out how to pick the right designs and fabrics.

If you're interested to find out what inspired Simply Furnishings to write the guides and why we believe they provide such a unique learning experience why not check out this message from the author Wendy Molnar.

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