COURSES ONE & TWO Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings


10 Days
Deposit: £200 , Balance: £1600
(Balance due to be settled at least 2 weeks prior to course start date)



On completion of these courses students will be awarded an Accredited Certificate. Victoria Hammond Academy is accredited by AIM Awards, which is an approved British Awarding Body, regulated by Ofqual. 


Book COURSE ONE and COURSE TWO at the same time; £100 discount applicable. You can either make payment in full, or a deposit payment. A deposit payment is required to secure your place on both of the courses and take advantage of the discount. Balance payments are then due to be settled at least 14 days prior to each course start date; COURSE ONE £795, COURSE TWO £695. It is possible to decide attendance dates at a later time subject to availability on scheduled courses running – select from the option below ‘dates to be decided’.


COURSE ONE and TWO need to be attended consecutively (one after the other).


All course fees are inclusive of specialist machinery/products, designer fabrics, comprehensive step-by-step manual and refreshments. Bovingdon village is within walking distance and has a selection of food stores. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch. Free parking on site at Bury Farm.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01442 833110 (+44 outside UK), or email us, if you wish to discuss our courses further or require an alternative payment option.

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COURSE ONE – Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings

Trainer: Victoria Hammond

Through discussion, demonstration and making samples, this course provides students with the skills to make window dressings with confidence. It is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those wishing to enhance their current skills (no hand sewing or sewing machine experience is required). This course also covers how to set up and run a successful curtain making business.


Day One:
  • Design presentation and discussion about curtain styles, decorative hardware, pelmets, and blinds, covering current trends in the Interior Design world.
  • Students will practice how to seam lining, interlining, plain and patterned fabric.
  • Students will make a lined sample curtain with pencil pleat heading, which will ensure that you will thoroughly learn and practice traditional hand stitching and curtain making methods.
Day Two:
  • Students will learn how to plan and design a window treatment, including accurate measuring, bay windows, suitable curtain hardware, and estimation of fabric quantities for plain and patterned fabric.
  • Comprehensive discussion on how to calculate accurate measurements for curtain hand headings; Triple (French), Goblet and Cartridge pleats.
  • Students will participate in hands-on window measuring, reviewing various scenarios, followed by curtain calculation exercises.
Day Three:
  • Students will make an interlined sample curtain incorporating the hand heading Triple (French) pleats.
    Demonstration on how to make other hand headings; Goblet and Cartridge pleats.
Day Four:
  • Discussion on function and design of the Roman blind, and also other blind styles available such as London, Austrian, wood venetian, roller and vertical blinds. Accurate measuring for various window shapes including bay windows.
  • Fabric estimation and accurate calculations for rod pocket spacing for standard fold and waterfall/cascade folds. Demonstration on suitable hardware, fixtures and fittings.
  • In our opinion Roman blinds look and function better if there is no visible machine stitching to the front. Students will make a fully operational hand-sewn Roman blind, compliant with blind regulations.
Day Five:
  • Comprehensive session on setting up and running a successful curtain making business, including advice on suppliers, costing, client liaison and presentation skills.
  • Professional fitting seminar; students will learn how to specify and fit curtain and blind hardware including awkward window shapes (poles, tracks, blinds, and pelmet shelves).
  • Discussion on designing pelmets, their proportions and shaping the base line to work with the pattern repeat of the fabric. Demonstration on how to make a hardboard upholstered pelmet sample with piping detail.

COURSE TWO – Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings

Trainer: Victoria Hammond

This course covers further training for students who have completed our COURSE ONE. Measuring, calculations, costing, client presentation, important refresher making of a full size curtain and dressing and fitting the curtain. This course shows students further design options for providing a bespoke service to include making eyelet, integral valance and London blind samples, incorporating mitred borders and embellishments and trimming detail.

Day One:

Making of a Full Size Curtain

  • This is an important refresher day after completing Course One. Students will take part in making and designing a full size curtain (including how to move a curtain on the table). This involves measuring of a window on site, calculations, designing curtain style, choosing fabric, make up, fitting and dressing of the curtain to existing fitted pole.
  •  Further comprehensive advise on preparation of an Estimate of Costs for window dressings, when running a business.
Day Two:

London Blinds

  • London blinds dress a window beautifully, and are an alternative option to the Roman blind. Discussion on London blinds, their suitability and fabric quantities required.
  • Students will design and make a fully operational London blind, with ribbon detail, followed by a fabric covered batten from which to hang the blind.
  • Pleating to pattern – discussion/demonstration on the importance of pleating to pattern when working with the horizontal repeat of the fabric.
Day Three:

Eyelet Curtains

  • Discussion on designing curtains with contrast borders.
  • Students will make an Eyelet heading sample curtain designed with mitred contrast borders to leading edge, hemline and outer edge.
Day Four & Five:

Trimmings & Embellishments & Valances

  • A comprehensive session on trimmings and embellishments available in curtain making.
  • Discussion on valances (soft valances fitted to a pelmet shelf and integral curtain valances) and their proportions.
  • Students will design and make a sample curtain with an integral valance, incorporating hand heading Goblet pleats, with inserted and attached trimming & embellishment detail.