This workshop will teach you how to make your own French mattress cushion. The skills learnt across the 2 days can then be transferred into making your own cushion at home for a windowsill, day bed, floor cushions, garden seat cushions or even dog bed. The sample we make in class will have a foam insert covered in wadding and will measure approx. 40 x 40 cms. You will start by cutting and covering the foam in polyester wadding before machine stitching a box cushion cover. An ideal fabric for this is a linen or linen union fabric. Other fabrics work too. Students will need to provide their own fabric. 1 metre should be enough. You will then mark out the stitching and use the French mattress stitch technique to create that lovely edging. To finish it off you will make your own covered buttons or traditional tuft buttons. This class is designed for students with some sewing machine experience. If the student has their own sewing machine this can be brought along too but not compulsory.

What's included in the price?

Foam and Wadding and all materials for the cushion. Students to bring own top fabric. Tools and Equipment Tea/coffee refreshments


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



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Lee teaches modern and traditional upholstery classes in various locations across Norfolk, Cambrigeshire and Lincolnshire. Qualified though the AMUSF Lee offers leisure courses guiding willing students through processes from stripping the furniture to frame, light restoration rebuliding padding and finally recovering. Lee also offers classes in lampshade making and other soft furnishings.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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Fulney Lane South, , Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6FA