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 usually consists of an initial session on a Friday evening (5pm to 6.30pm) where you bring your project and Steve advises you individually on fabric quantities, any necessary repairs and other requirements but this has already happened for the August and October workshops. It's not too late to join however as you can email photos of your project to Steve who will advise you what you need to bring.

Workshop 3 - Saturday/Sunday 25 and 26 August

Workshop 4 -Saturday/Sunday 27 and 28 October

On the weekend itself, bring a sewing machine (if Steve tells you your project will require sewing), 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 Steve says you will need.  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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