This course has concessions available

Suffolk Puff Cushion – Online

Suffolk puffs are great fun to make! Originally used to make patchwork quilts they can be used in all sorts of ways to create wonderful textiles panels to be made into cushions, wall panels and fashion accessories. You will learn how to make the Suffolk puffs and construct an envelope cushion cover, guidance will also be given for other final items as required.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

This course is suitable for beginners and those with some sewing skills who want to broaden their knowledge of textile techniques. You should enjoy working with textiles and creating exciting items!

What does this course cover

You will begin by learning how to make Suffolk Puffs, how they can be stitched together in different ways to produce geometric circular patterns of appliqued onto a backing cloth in a number of ways. I will show you how to make and use Suffolk Puffs in several ways; fabric beads and buttons, using the circle shape to create flowers and butterflies which may be made into brooches, jewellery or stitched onto a backing fabric.

During the course I will demonstrate making a simple envelope cushion and give advice for other items you may want to make.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
o Have the ability to develop designs for using Suffolk Puffs.
o Use textile techniques creatively.
o Understand basic colour theory and its importance to textile work.
o Evaluate your own work own and that of others'.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation via zoom. PowerPoint etc handouts with visual diagrams (emailed to students). One-to-one teaching. Group discussions all via zoom.
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching. Sharing techniques/achievements in their work via zoom/ in class displays/discussion.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

o Variety of different patterned light weight fabrics for making the Suffolk Puffs.
o m fabric for the cushion panels.
o Regular sewing thread in a toning colour.
o Pins, needles (crewels are best), tape measure or ruler & scissors.
o Optional - toy / pillow stuffing for making them into beads.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Patchwork and Quilting to take your skills further, embroidery and stitch courses

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’