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upholstery for beginners

The Upholstery for Beginners classes are perfect if you want to learn the core upholstery skills needed to give a new lease of life to a footstool, chair or small ottoman. A small class of no more than six people guarantees you plenty of expert tuition and support from your tutor Ania or Clare and the other students.

who’s it for?

Beginners. This course is perfect for people new to upholstery.

what will I learn?

This course teaches you the basics of modern upholstery including:

Stripping down the chair

Application of foam / webbing

Applying your fabric

what do I need to bring?

Bring along your first upholstery project! It could be a simple chair, drop in seat, footstool or ottoman. You can always send us a photo of your project to check it’s suitable:

It should be in good repair (e.g. the seat of the chair needs reupholstering but no other repairs)

You should be able to carry it up to the first floor of The Sewing Shed (unfortunately at this time we are unable to store projects in between classes).

Your chosen fabric, a tape measure and a pair of fabric scissors. Face covering (mask) and eye protection ie safety glasses and or a visor if you do not wear glasses.

what equipment is supplied?

Upholstery tools including access to pneumatic staple guns

One Janome sewing machine for each student

You can buy upholstery supplies in the class.

    meet the tutor

    Our experienced tutors Ania & Claire run the Upholstery for Beginners classes. Ania teaches the weekly classes and Clare teaches the Sunday Workshops. [Click here to read Ania’s & Clare’s bio]

    when are the classes?

    Monday Weekly Classes, Six Week Course 10-12noon, have now been postponed to 17th May.

    Monday Weekly Classes, Six Week Course 12.30-2.30pm, have been postponed to 17th May.


    Sunday One Day Workshops the second Sunday of the month; 13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December 2021.

    How much does it cost?

    The Monday Weekly Class, six week course costs £125 payable in advance

    Sunday Workshop costs £85 payable in advance

    how to book


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    Where is it?

    The Upholstery for Beginners course is held at The Sewing Shed in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Our beautiful studio in West Yorkshire is well equipped to help you learn upholstery. If you aren’t local why not attend the one day Saturday workshop and make a weekend of it, staying in the beautiful spa town of Ilkley. [Click here to view the map and contact details]

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    “I'm now completely addicted to sewing. I sell at craft fairs, and I’ve had so many compliments. I owe it all to Leonie!”