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Simply Furnishings' Teach Yourself Sewing guidesSimply Furnishings' Teach Yourself Sewing guides

Learning to make your own soft furnishings really couldn't be easier! Our guides are downloadable, or available as a set on CD, starting at just £7.99!

There are 9 practical sewing guides, enabling you to tackle an exciting range of soft furnishings projects with confidence. They cover every stage from design and estimation of materials, to making-up and installation. They're packed with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, illustrations to guide you and inspiring design ideas.

There's a guide to suit every level - even beginners will be able to create beautiful soft furnishings with a really professional finish!

Beginners' Guides

If you are about to embark on your first sewing project or are planning to use your sewing skills to make soft furnishings for the first time, then our two introductory guides will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need. offers a free beginners guide to 'Basic sewing equipment and techniques' and a specialist skills guide called Soft Furnishings Sewing Techniques. Both are available for immediate download, so there's no excuse not to get started today!

Cushion Making

Simply Furnishings' two practical Teach Yourself guides to cushion making are great value at just £8.99 . They will enable you to master the basics of making a standard piped square cushion and then move on to more the specialised techniques involved in producing a wide range of exciting cushion designs.

Teach Yourself Cushions is a great starting place for beginners and, along with our free beginner's guide, should provide you with the confidence to branch out into other soft funshings projects.

Teach Yourself Advanced cushions can be downloaded separately and covers an exciting range of design variations include bolsters, bordered and squab cushions.

Curtain Making & Roman Blinds

These are two of our most popular guides. Our Teach Yourself Roman Blinds guide in particular has consistently been a best seller for several years now. It provides easy to follow instructions and illustrations that will enable you to make stunning plain and shaped roman blinds (shades). The guide includes installation instructions and has a section dedicated to advanced design variations including contrasting borders and shaped and decorative lower edges.

Our comprehensive guide Teach Yourself Curtains is a fantastic comprehensive resource. It is made up of two parts and takes you through the design and make process from planning and estimation of materials through to making up and installation and covers both lined and interlined curtains, taped and hand stitched headings. A one-stop shop!

Valances, Pelmets & Lambrequins

Our three Teach Yourself guides to Valances, Stiff Pelmets and Lambrequins are ideal for those of you who have some experience making window treatments, such as curtains and blinds, and would like to try something that will add a new dimension to their window dressing designs.

Valances are an obvious next step after curtain making, while stiff pelmets are a step closer to simple upholstery and will therefore enable you to acquire a range of new skills.

Lambrequins are of a rigid MDF construction and similar to stiff pelmets, but can be a complete window dressing in themselves. Why not take the challenge and try something new?

Full Set of Guides on CD

If you are keen to try a wide range of soft furnishings sewing projects and want a complete resource then our Teach Yourself Soft Furnishings CD is for you!

Containing all nine of our individual guides, it covers all of the basic and advanced soft furnishings sewing techniques that you will need to produce stunning results, while providing full step-by-step instructions for our seven essential soft furnishings sewing projects.

Ordering is quick, easy and secure

We provide secure online ordering by credit card with WorldPay for instantaneous downloads and can also deliver our CD worldwide.

We hope you'll enjoy using these unique resources and wish you success in all of your sewing projects.

The Team

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