New Zealand Community Education Centres


An introduction to the skills needed to upholster your own projects, under the guidance of our professional upholsterer. Additional materials costs. (Limited to 8 participants).


Join Andy Whittle from renowned Wellington upholstery company "Kadima", and learn how to turn items of furniture that have seen better days, or are in need of a new lease of life, into something fresh and new again.

As soon as course numbers are confirmed, we'll send you Andy's details so you can email him a photo of your project and he will advise fabric quantities and other items required.


Bring your project and materials to the first session [storage is available (at your own risk)] but please note that sofas and couches cannot be accepted for this course. Most tools and basic equipment (e.g. staples, screws, glue etc) provided but additional materials are at your own expense.

Please note this course is not suitable for vehicle upholstery. Basic sewing skills required. Please note that if you need more than one term to finish your project, on-going places cannot be guaranteed but you are welcome to enrol in more than one course.

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

This course is held in the basement area under the WHS library – a map with directions will be sent out before the course starts. 

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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