Making Up Service: all you need to know

YOU SEND US A TAPESTRY, WE SEND YOU A CUSHION – everything included.
(or a Stocking, or a Cone Doorstop)

If the thought of turning your finished tapestry into a decorative and useful heirloom seems daunting, or you simply haven’t the time – then we can do it for you.  We’ll make up your Christmas Stockings and Cone Doorstops as well as Cushions.

There is no extra charge for making up tapestries from other designers, but for very large or unusual shapes and sizes, both cushion pads and postage may have a bearing on the final price so we will need to calculate this for you.
Each year, November 1st  is the final date for the arrival of tapestries to ensure UK delivery of your finished item by Christmas.

We use 100% cotton furnishing fabric and the cushions we make are zipped and have a piped edge. We can discuss colours and send fabric swatches or photos of fabric and tapestry together.  

Cushion pads are normally feather, but we can supply synthetic pads in cases of feather allergies.  

  • Stretching Only (straightens and smooths wonky tapestries) £25.00
  • Large CushionsStitched area over 18 inches (46cms)
    to maximum si
    ze limit of  23 inches (56 cms).  from £68.00 
  • Standard Cushions – Stitched area 13 -18 inches (up to 46cms) across £67.00 
  • Small Cushions – Stitched area 9 -12 inches (up to 30cms) across  £58.00
  • Even Smaller – Stitched area up to 8 inches £52.00
  • Round Cushions with “box” sides from £79.00
  • Christmas Stockings  £58. 00
  • Cone Doorstops made up ready for filling.  £58.00 
  • Mitred fabric borders we add £5.00 to £9.00 to the above prices depending on size.  
  • Insured UK Special Delivery back to you is included in all the prices above.

Cushion prices include:
Preparing and stretching the tapestry; fabric for the cushion back and piping; mitred border if required;  zip;  making up;  cushion pad;  Special Delivery postage UK.

Round cushions:
Important! Please don’t trim the canvas.  We can only stretch square or rectangular canvases.

We make these up as ‘box’ cushions, so that the top and bottom are almost flat and the cushion has sides, with a depth of about 2½ inches (6.5 cms).  Special Delivery postage UK.

Stocking prices include:
Preparing and stretching the tapestry, making up with backing fabric and lining, plus the tricky job of stitching the edge binding onto both sides of the stocking and forming the loop; Special Delivery postage UK.

Cone Doorstop prices include:
Preparing and stretching the tapestry; making up the shaped doorstop with a fabric base; making an inner bag to hold the filling; adding the cord handle (cord colours may vary); Special Delivery postage UK.
The doorstop is returned unfilled and with small gaps left in the side seam and the inner bag for the customer to sew up after filling.  

Please read these important notes so that your cushion comes back to you exactly as you wanted it.

Please include a note with all your instructions e.g. fabric colour preferences (or dislikes),  deadlines, etc. – even if we have discussed these by email or over the phone.

  1. Don’t forget contact details in your note. Email address and phone number so we can keep in touch; and the postal address for the return of your finished cushion. This can be a work address as Royal Mail will not leave the parcel without a signature.
  2. Please don’t trim canvas –  we need ample unstitched canvas at the edges for stretching.  We can only stretch square or rectangular canvases.
  3. Are there any ‘steps’ (incomplete rows) at the edges?  Steps make sloping sides on the straightest of tapestries, so it is well worth filling them in.
  4. Missed stitches? Hold up to the light to see.
  5. Which way up?  We put the zip at the bottom, so if you think I won’t be able to tell, please write TOP in pencil on the canvas. 
  6. Ink! Felt tip or ball point pen marks under the stitching might run and spoil the tapestry. We cannot be responsible for such damage especially if no mention has been made.
  7. Your own fabric.  You are welcome to supply your own fabric and/or trimming, but please ring for quantity before sending. if you send much too much, there may be extra postage to return it.  We do not charge for cushion fabric if we use yours.
  8. Posting.  We recommend that you post it to us by a “Signed For” postal service. Jiffy bags or postal tubes are safest.
  9. Payment.  We like to agree your method of payment before we start, although I don’t usually charge until the work is done.  We can take a Card number over the phone; or I can send an online Request for Payment where you can pay safely online, just follow the links in the email. We also can accept cheques made out to One Off Needlework.   But please don’t send cheques without confirmation of the price.

    Timing.  You should allow up to 6 weeks for the work. It is usually less, but at busy times, if it is going to be any more, we will let you know.
    Our address:

    One Off Needlework,  4 Station Road, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9RE  UK
    Making Up Examples
    We make up (left to right)  Cushions, Mitred Cushions, Round and Box Cushions (with sides), Christmas Stockings, and our own Cone Doorstops.

    Sorry, we do not make up Brick Doorstops, Bell Pulls or Wall Hangings.


    Email: [email protected]
    Or ring 01403 782200

Still unsure?
See the Kind Words of some of our customers –  I haven’t had any complaints yet!

To Stretch or Not  a blog about tapestry stretching.

A New Lease of Life
We also run a “Cushion Rescue” Service for tired cushions to straighten up and make new.  See my blogs: New from Old and A Vintage Summer.