Making Up Service: all you need to know


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.
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 if required.  Cushion pads are normally feather, but we can supply synthetic pads in cases of feather allergies.
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 sending in tapestries to ensure delivery of your finished item by Christmas.  
We normally carry on well into December but cannot necessarily offer the Christmas guarantee.  We do our best!

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.

Insured UK Special Delivery back to you is included in all the prices below.

  • Stretching Only (straightens and smooths wonky tapestries) £25.00
  • Large Cushions – Stitched area over 18 inches (46cms) across  from £63.00
  • MAXIMUM Size limit:  Canvas 25 inches (64 cms) in either direction: Stitched area  23 inches (56 cms).
  • Standard Cushions – Stitched area 12-18 inches (up to 46cms) across £63.00 
  • Small Cushions – Stitched area 9 -12 inches (up to 30cms) across  £58.00
  • Even Smaller – Stitched area up to 8 inches £54.00
  • Round Cushions with “box” sides, please add £25.00 to the above prices)
  • Christmas Stockings  £58. 00
  • Cone Doorstops made up ready for filling.  £60.00 
  • Mitred fabric borders adds £5.00 to £8.00 to the above prices depending on size.

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

Before you send, please read these important notes To Ensure the Best Possible Finish for your Tapestry.

  1. Are there any ‘steps’ (incomplete rows) at the edges?
  2. Do you need to add an extra row round the outside to ensure a narrow border is not lost into the seam?
  3. Any missed stitches? Hold up to the light to see.
  4. Please don’t trim canvas as we need as much as possible for the stretching process. We can only stretch canvases with straight sides.
  5. You must be certain that nothing has been drawn or written on the canvas under the stitching with a pen or felt tip as the ink might run and spoil the tapestry. We cannot be responsible for such damage if no mention has been made.
  6. Please include a note with any specific instructions or fabric colour preferences – even if we have discussed these by email or over the phone.  We receive a lot of tapestries, and sometimes duplicates, so matching the right ones to the right emails/phone conversation can be tricky.
  7. You are welcome to supply your own fabric or trimming, but please ring for quantity before sending. if you send much too much, there may be extra postage to return it.
  8. Don’t forget contact details. Email address and phone number so we can keep in touch; and the postal address for the return of your finished cushion.
  9. We recommend that you post it to us by a “Signed For” postal service. Jiffy bags are ideal.
  10. We like to agree your method of payment before we start, which can be by Card 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.  e.g. If your tapestry does not need stretching – you don’t pay for it; or if you send two tapestries for stretching only – you save one lot of P&P.
    You should allow up to 5 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.
  11. Our address:
    One Off Needlework,  4 Station Road, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9RE
    Making Up Examples

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!