New Zealand Community Education Centres

Upholstery Weekend Workshop

A (very!) intensive weekend workshop where you'll learn the basics of upholstery and rejuvenate a small piece of furniture. A separate Friday evening measuring-up session (bring your project) may be included so please check dates carefully.


An introduction to upholstery and the opportunity to bring a favourite piece of furniture back to life.  Please note this course is not suitable for vehicle upholstery.

The course consists of an initial session on a Friday evening (6pm to 7.30pm) where you bring your project and Steve advises you individually on fabric quantities, any necessary repairs and other requirements.  (Steve talks to each student individually so this may not take long). This is followed by a FULL weekend workshop (9am to 4pm), held at a later date - please check the course details on your receipt carefully.

Workshop 3: Friday 10 August* and Saturday/Sunday 25 and 26 August

Workshop 4: Friday 10 August* and Saturday/Sunday 27 and 28 October

[*Short information session (6pm to 7.30pm) for fabric quantities and other requirements – bring your project.  If you'd like the October course but can't attend in August, please contact the CEC office].

On the weekend, bring a sewing machine, heavy duty needle (optional), upholstery thread, hammer, old chisel, fabric scissors, old blanket or drop sheet, pen and paper and lunch, along with your project and the fabric and other materials discussed at the Friday evening.  Some basic materials are provided as part of the course fee but please bring cash to pay the tutor for extras you may need. Small projects only, please (chairs, stools, pouffes  etc) – wing chairs, sofas and settees will not be suitable for this workshop.

By the end of the workshop, you'll be able to:
• Measure up your project and calculate quantities
• Strip and unpick your project
• Make any necessary repairs to your piece of furniture (at a basic level)
• Cut a new pattern from an existing one
• Cut out fabric
• Sew, staple and carry out other machine work 

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".


Basic sewing skills required.

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