I am City & Guilds trained and qualified in soft furnishing making and hold Level 3 Award in Education & Training. I will teach you how to make soft furnishings to a professional standard.
This workshop is suitable for students with minimal or advanced sewing experience.
You are taught a simple method of blind construction, using rod pocket tapes attached to the back of the blind. You will learn how to measure your window, how to calculate fabric requirements and how to construct your blind.
You will make a sample size Roman blind, which will include all of the techniques required when making full size blinds and will become a valuable reference. You will be given comprehensive notes which include step by step instructions.
I have devised a Roman blind calculator which eliminates all the complicated maths necessary when working out your rod pockets. You will be given permanent, free access to this (requires Microsoft Office Excel or compatible software).
You are legally obliged to ensure that all blinds are compliant with current child safety legislation. We will discuss your legal obligations and I will demonstrate how to use the correct blind hardware and how to comply with the specific hanging regulations.
This workshop can be completed on the same day as the Machine Made Lined Curtains workshop, where a home-made lunch is also provided. Please click 'Chat with the Maker' for further details if you wish to reserve this option.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
A warm welcome. All tools and materials needed, along plenty of tea/coffee and cake. You will also receive comprehensive course notes to take away with you. Permanent free access to my Roman blind calculator.
3½ hours (flexible times to suit)
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3½ hours (flexible times to suit)
I have completed a 1:1 session with Janet to learn how to use my new sewing machine and then more recently I completed a 1:1 day making a full set of lined curtains for my bedroom. I have wanted to do this for many years and Janet was both professional and knowledgeable. I was quite nervous and doubtful of my abilities but she explained and demonstrated things very well and has increased my confidence and my passion to continue to develop my skills. She is also very easy to get along with; so the day was great. Not forgetting the lovely, lovely lunch. Thanks Janet- I will be in touch to complete the roman blind course once i make a few sets of curtains xx
I attended a one-to-one tutorial with Janet to get to grips with my sewing machine that has been left untouched for years!!! Janet was so welcoming and I immediately felt at ease. She talked me through all the basics of setting up, different stitches and footers and gave lots of useful advice for future projects I have in mind. I was so nervous and full of self doubt prior to the tutorial but Janet has now given me the knowledge and confidence to have a go and keep going! Added bonus that we had a good laugh too! 100% recommend. Thank you Janet X
I really enjoyed the roman blind course and the step by step approach was perfect. Janet was really lovely and helpful. I can't wait to have a go at my first one.
I have just completed the beginners 1 to 1 tuition and the machine made Roman blind courses.
Janet is a complete professional. She explains everything clearly and has the patience of a saint!
The course has left me feeling confident to start making my own blinds and also hungry for more. I'm definitely going to book on another course to further my skills. Thank you Janet.
A fabulous course which has given me the confidence to have a go at making curtains and blinds for the first time. Janet is brilliant and explains everything clearly and at a comfortable pace. Plus a lovely lunch too. I would highly recommend!
Had a lovely morning with the lovely, knowledgeable Janet.
Was made to feel at ease from the moment I stepped through the door.
Feel confident now in having a go at making my own machine made curtains.
I would definitely recommend this course
Spent the day with Janet making a blind and a curtain. The day was informative and Janet was able to pass on her knowledge in a friendly and relaxed manner on a 1 to 1 basis. Thanks for the lunch.
I thoroughly enjoyed my morning with Janet, learning how to make curtains and how to take control of my sewing machine. Janet is a wonderful teacher, though I did not feel as if I were the pupil. She was extremely patient and helpful and allowed me to practice a technique until I was satisfied with the results. I feel far more confident now about tackling a more ambitious sewing task and know that I need to practice and spend more time on the preparation stages.
I can heartily recommend Janet's course - you are in the hands of an expert , who wears her expertise lightly and makes you relax and enjoy yourself- always the best way to learn new skills.
Absolutely recommend Janet. Lovely lady who was very patient & supportive. She took me through the whole process of making machine made curtains step by step & provided course notes for me to look back on if needed.
Lovely, peaceful work space with 1:1 tuition. I will definitely take another course with her.
Having just spent 2 days on Janet's courses for the cushion, hand made Roman blinds and curtains, I now feel that I have the confidence to pursue my sewing techniques and ability into the commercial world of soft furnishings. These courses definitely do what you want them to do, which is build up your ability to make items to a professional standard.
I enjoyed every minute of it and strongly recommend that anyone contemplating it - book it you will enjoy every minute of it ! Thank you very much Janet for a wonderful couple of days.
I have just attended the machine made curtain and blind one day course held at Janet's home. I have sewn for a number of years but have never really learnt how the ' professionals' do it. It was great to run through the basic curtain and blind making technique and I have already booked a further day for the 'bespoke hand made' one day course. Janet makes you feel very welcome and relaxed in her home and answered my endless questions! Having worked in the industry for many years she is a valuable contact for knowledge and advice as I intend to move forward building my own business. Thanks Janet you're a star.
I have now attended 2 different workshops at Make for Home. I only had a little experience of sewing previously, but Janet has taught me how to make my own curtains and roman blinds. I thoroughly enjoyed my days spent with Janet and would really recommend her classes. She is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable and willing to share all her knowledge. Her home-made lunch was also delicious. Thanks Janet
I attended Janet's Roman Blind course (machine sewn). Janet is full of knowledge, and very happy to share it. She has notes and a spreadsheet to take away, so you are able to focus on watching, practising and learning. When I returned home, Janet also emailed additional information to me.
During the workshop she knew when I needed a little extra time on some areas, and adapted the workshop to suit. I came away with a blind, and the confidence and skills to have do this myself now. Her work is of a high quality, and exactly what I was looking for. She is patient, friendly and I'm looking forward to the next courses, which I have already booked.
Highly recommended, and thank you:)
Another fantastic course run by Janet. She covered all the skills necessary to create really lovely roman blinds. They're not as luxurious as the hand stitched ones, but they are much quicker to produce and so I think they will be a useful item to be able to offer my customers. Thank you again for an enjoyable and educational course.
This course was totally enjoyable, informative and left me feeling confident and inspired to produce my own curtains. Janet couldn't have been more helpful and informative.
I can highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn in a perfectly comfortable and pleasant workroom with a patient, friendly and experienced tutor, who left me feeling confident and excited to use my new skills.
This is the second course i have done and I cannot thank Janet enough for her fantastic tips and encouragement. She makes everything make sense and no question is daft! I am learning so much from Janet and cannot wait to do the next course.
I spent a lovely time with Janet making curtains. Nothing was too much trouble and no question too daft. I learnt a great deal with the one to one coaching. I cant wait to start myself. A very professional friendly atmosphere and learnt so many tipa. Highly recommend, i will be back again!
Great day.Helpful and informative.
I am a complete beginner and am very proud of my lovely blind
Thank you for your patience
I really enjoyed my course with Janet. I picked up some really useful tips and was impressed with the roman blind I made. I'd definitely recommend the course.
Great sewing course- highly recommend! Thanks Janet 👍🏻
I attended the machine Roman Blind making course and absolutely loved it. Janet was very attentive and concise in her teaching. Everything was broken down to simple instructions as well as brilliant work sheets which will be invaluable to making roman blinds in the future. I now feel confident to make my own blinds professionally after just one day. Very hospitable and a lovely lady. I would highly recommend!
Janet has taken me for two courses now. The first with a friend, the second one was on a one to one basis. The first course was called - 'Curtain making to a Professional Standard' I think, & it was very informative. I am the sort of person who learns by doing things myself, it was so helpful that we made a dummy curtain on the day, all the while following Janet guidance and her thorough notes which she gives you to take away.
The second course was a Roman Blind making course to make interlined blinds, which was also extremely good and I now feel confident that I can go away and make a Roman Blind from scratch with the aid of her notes and the dummy blind we made.
Janet has made an easy to follow excel spreadsheet for both of the courses which help you to calculate how much fabric is required for different types of curtains and also for the Roman blinds .
I have saved a fortune making curtains and blinds for my new home - just the Roman Blind alone would have been over £600 if I had gone to John Lewis - and that was a quote NOT for interlined blinds! By going on her course it has cost me a fraction of that price to make one myself, and I have the knowledge forever!
Janet explains everything well and also the reasoning behind it. She is very personable and her classes are held at her lovely home in Sale which is very handy for the motorway. I live in a suburb of Liverpool and it took just 45 minutes to drive there.
I would highly recommend taking the time to go one one of Janets courses - for making your own curtains or if you are thinking of starting up a small business.
I was a complete beginner when I had my first lesson. Janet has taught me not to be scared of my sewing machine and I have gone on to make Roman blinds and am now making these for friends and charging them. I have learnt so much and would recommend these classes.
Janet is an experienced, patient and knowledgeable teacher. Her instruction was tailored and she was very personable. I walked away with a perfect zipped cushion after a lovely morning. You will not be disappointed and it is great value for money. Excellent 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!
I made the piped edge cushion with overlapped covered zip and applique design. I had a very enjoyable day and was really pleased with the finished result! Having never fitted a zip or done piping or machine appliqued it was a surprising result! Thanks Janet for your patience and help! I look forward to seeing you again if you'll have me back!
Janet is such a laugh. Really great company. Very knowledgable and an incredibly good teacher. Her home is wonderful and where you learn the craft is perfect.
I came away with a brilliant cushion and the full knowledge and confidence I can make one myself at home without any problem.
I would highly recommend this course and Janet.
I will be back to learn how to make a blind!!
I recently attended the curtain making course, then the cushion making course the week after.
I found Janet to be very welcoming and she made sure I understood each step.
One on one tuition was intense but also a lot of fun.
I felt able to ask her if I didn’t understand something and she made sure I was comfortable with each and every step.
The course also came with easy to follow written instructions and included lots of help and advice with setting up my own business.
I’m looking forward to the next course, making roman blinds.
I would highly recommend Janet to anyone looking to learn a new skill.
I attended the one day course recently to learn to make 'Machine Lined Curtains' this was despite being an absolute beginner who was useless at sewing lessons when at school.
After contacting Janet and talking with her I felt quite happy to attend as no experience was required at all.
Janet was a very good teacher, showing me how to work out what material I needed with 'her easy chart' and gave helpful handouts and instructions for me to refer to in future. All materials and tools were provided by Janet and I came home with a curtain made by myself and came away from the class with a great sense of achievement and very proud of myself.
Lunch was provided by Janet also which was very enjoyable.
All in all I had a real pleasant day, in fact the day flew by and I was sorry to be going home as I had enjoyed myself so much.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone. If Janet can teach me to make curtains well all I can say is anyone can learn.
I recently attended the curtain making course with my friend. It was brilliant!!
Janet was so friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. There were no 'silly questions', the pace of the course was perfect and it was a great balance of theory and practical.
Dinner was also included which was delicious as was the banana bread!
I woukd definately recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to make their own curtains.
I have just had a fantastic day learning how to make curtains.
Janet was very friendly and welcoming and had a kind and patient manner. She took me step-by-step through the curtain-making process, helping me with the bits I found tricky. Regular cups of tea and a delicious homemade lunch really topped off the day.
At the end of the session, I felt very proud to come home with a curtain I had made myself and I now feel confident enough to make curtains for my own home.
Thank you for such an enjoyable day, Janet.
Last weekend a friend and I did Janet's lined curtain course, and I couldn't recommend it enough. Janet was really lovely and very experienced. Not only did we leave knowing how to make really professional looking lined curtains, but we had a great day with excellent company and a yummy lunch / cake!
I really enjoyed learning how to create and sew a piped and zipped cushion. It was a pleasure being taught by Janet who was patient and knowledgeable throughout our lesson....Janet made sure I completed the cushion even though we ran over the allocated time. I feel enthusiastic to try more and to get use out of my new sewing machine. I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to get back into sewing.
I attended this course on Sat 18th Feb. Janet was very welcoming. She was very patient and there was a lovely atmosphere. I was extremely pleased with the tuition received. Janet was very helpful and provided clear instructions. All materials were supplied and I made a 1m curtain, pattern matched, lined and with header tape. It contained all the necessary elements to enable me to scale up to construct full size curtains. I came away from the class with a great sense of achievement and very proud of myself. Janet provided clear notes to follow and for me to take away and a step by step chart to follow.
Janet provided lots of refreshments and a beautiful lunch. I am certain that when I undertake my first unsupervised project that Janet would be happy to provide any support (if needed). It was a most enjoyable day. I really enjoyed it and would recommend.
It was with some trepidation that I approached Janet's class as I had never sewed anything before and didn't even know how to thread a sewing machine - but I needn't have worried!
Janet's friendly and practical approach made me feel confident and completely at ease.
I was shown how to make a Roman blind and thanks to Janet's guidance and excellent tutoring I have since managed to make a roman blind for my son's bedroom which I am proud to say is now in situ!
I have felt so inspired by what I learnt in Janet's class that I have enrolled for her next tutorial in making and measuring curtains. My kitchen windows are cab my next project!!
I really would recommend Janet's class to anyone who is keen to make soft furnishings for their own home
I learned how to make a zipped and piped cushion, and although I have done some basic sewing previously I have never attempted anything like this before. I really enjoyed the course with Janet, and found her to be an extremely good and interesting teacher. I learnt many new skills and am absolutely delighted.
Learnt to make a piped and zipped cushion - I had never used a machine before but I learnt so much I was inspired the attend the full day Roman blind course. Janet is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher
As a beginner, I found this course perfect. Janet was very patient with me and I was amazed at how much I learnt in one day. I have since made a lovely Roman blind for my daughter who could not believe I had made it myself- thank you, I would recommend this course 100%
Brilliant course! Thank you for a great day- very interesting, informative and enjoyable. I recommend this course for anyone interested in making their own blinds or curtains but didn't know where to start. Thank you.