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Mattress cushions – a sewing skills masterclass

A two day workshop in making a French style tufted mattress cushion


Mattress cushions can be used as window seat cushions, dog beds, bench cushions, garden kneelers, kids' floor cushions... in fact they are incredibly useful anywhere! We've developed a two day workshop teaching you how to make up a box cushion in your chosen fabric, stuff it with lovely UK-sourced lambswool and then work tufting stitches to create that scrumptious pie crust edge. We think they look great in traditional ticking stripes, but anything goes... floral prints, velvet... up to you.


This is what the two days will involve:

Day one

•  We'll start with measuring and cutting out your fabric accurately. You'll then pin and machine sew your cushion together, and stuff it using carded lambswool. The tufting begins! We'll start tufting the cushion with through ties. These can be worked in simple linen twine, colourful threads or fancy buttons - we'll show you how.

Day two

•  Tufting continues. At this point you will be ready to mattress stitch the edges of your box cushion using a curved needle to create that recognisable pie-crust edge.

Fee: £165. As students will be able to choose their own cushion size, we will charge for the lambswool filling you use separately.

Venue: Traditional Upholstery School workrooms in Holt, Wiltshire

Booking details:

Places are booked on first-come-first-served basis. Please read the terms page of the Traditional Upholstery School website. 

Depending on the size of the cushion you make, some students may have some finishing to do at home, and some may be able to make more than one. We recommend that your first cushion is no bigger than 50cm x 50cm. You don’t have to be an expert in sewing at all, but a little bit of experience using a sewing machine and handing needles and pins will help.

GIFT IDEA This workshop is a super gift for the sewer in your life. Visit our vouchers page here.

Forthcoming dates

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