How to make a window/bench seat cushion



Bench seat cushions can be a great way of creating more seating inside or outside your home. Inside a window recess, on top of a wooden bench or on a purpose-built kitchen banquette! The aim of the class is to demonstrate how to plan, cut and sew a simple fabric cover with zip and optional piping edge to fit over a piece of foam or Ultraflex* cut to the size you require (should be no wider than 1.3 metres) This class is suitable for anyone with basic sewing machine skills. If you are unsure whether you have these skills, why not sign up to our introductory class “How to get the best from your sewing machine”. All our classes at Pretty Sitting are designed to give students professional standard teaching in small groups. So, places are always limited, but we run a programme of classes throughout the year and hopefully you can find dates that suit. Please bring a packed lunch with you. We have a small kitchen/dining facility within the workshop where you can use a fridge, microwave and kettle. Alternatively, there are a number of food shops and eateries locally in the Gorge or in the village centre. What to bring: Sewing machine, foot pedal, instruction manual and feet, plus all of the accessories. Spare needles. Scissors, thread Piece of foam (see below) Fabric, enough to cover your piece of foam/ultraflex* Piping cord Pen and notebook What we can provide to order: Piece of foam or Ultraflex* cut to required size. Ultraflex is a foam replacement product made from 100% recycled plastic. Spun polyester wadding and stockinette. Piping cord 30p per metre Plus, if you need some fabric inspiration, please visit our Bath Street shop where you will find lots of fabric sample books to order from or rummage around in our remnant boxes for small pieces. Your tutor: Jenny Harrison has been a tutor of Soft Furnishings for more than 20 years. Jenny holds a Certificate of Education and has taught to Level 3 City and Guilds at local colleges. In the past she has written a number of articles for Sewing World Magazine. Currently she runs her own classes privately for dressmaking and also offers a bespoke soft furnishing design service to private clients in the Taunton area. Jenny is also a consultant trainer and mentor for our Pretty Sitting team of makers in Cheddar.

What's included in the price?

Tea/coffee breaks All materials can be purchased at a student discount of 15%.


Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Pretty Sitting Upholstery & Interiors is a commercial upholstery workshop and training centre. We specialise in restoring and renovating antique and vintage upholstered furniture. We also produce bespoke hand made pieces for the home and run a variety of classes in different craft techniques and creative interiors. We have recently opened a new showroom in Cheddar where we sell fabrics, eco homewares, soft furnishings and made to measure curtains and blinds.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
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Barrows House, Tweentown, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3HU