Upholstery Workshops

Here at Semper Hopkins Upholstery and Interiors we teach upholstery. Empowering YOU with the skills so you can make unique and beautiful pieces of furniture.

Upholstery gives you the opportunity to tap into your creative side. To shut off the noise and the chaos of everyday life and make something you can be proud of.

Our in person upholstery workshops run over a the day or an evening class. If you are looking to learn basic upholstery and sewing technique join our introduction to upholstery or sewing workshop. Or alternatively choose from a range of workshops where you learn how to make a small or large footstool, stool, storage crate or two seater bench. We have something to suit everyone and all are suitable for beginners. Prices start from £99 up to £255. All materials and a choice of fabric are included within the price.

Upholstery is a perfect activity for a team building event we can accommodate groups from 6 to 12 people.

The experience of our in person workshops, online courses and team building days give you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and will be kept going long after our time together.  Handmake a piece of furniture, unique to you . An item to treasure forever and a reminder of the joy we can bring into our lives when we tap into our fun and creative side. Check out our in person events, team building days and online courses.

Upholstery Workshops

At our in person upholstery workshop you will be shown and provided with all the different tools and materials needed to complete your project. You will learn a range of different upholstery techniques and all workshops are suitable for beginners. Read more about each workshop below or book a space.

Deep Buttoned Upholstery Workshop

  • Choose to make a footstool, bench, stool or storage crate
  • Fabric is included in the cost of the workshop and you get to choose the colour
  • Courses Times- 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Evening workshop Tuesday 6:00pm – 9.30pm (two consecutive Tuesdays)
  • Prices start from £195

Piping, Shallow Buttoned and Pleats Upholstery Workshop

  • Choose to make a storage crate, stool, bench, large or small footstool
  • A choice of fabric is included in the cost of the workshop
  • Course Time – 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Evening workshop Tuesday 6:00pm – 9.30pm (two consecutive Tuesdays)
  • Prices start from £195

Square Button Upholstery Workshop

  • Choose to make a storage crate, stool, two seater bench, large or small footstool
  • A choice of fabric is included in the cost of the workshop
  • Course Time – 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Prices start from £195

Introduction to Upholstery Workshop: For Hobbyists and Home DIYers

  • Learn about the tools, materials and fabric needed for upholstery
  • Practice ten basic techniques
  • Course Time – Short Day 9.30am – 2.45pm
  • Evening workshop Tuesday 6:00pm – 9.30pm (two consecutive Tuesdays)
  • Price £175

Finding Your Style Workshop: Introduction to Interior Design

  • Discover the key elements of design
  • Learn money-saving secrets without compromising on style
  • Work on your own design board
  • Course Time – 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Price £125

Who Is It For?

Our in person workshops are perfect if you want a taster into the world of upholstery. Step away from the daily grind and unleash your creative side. Learn a new skill and have the instant satisfaction of making a small piece of furniture.

You can also buy a place at the workshop for a creative loved one. It will make the perfect sustainable gift if you are looking for something fun and unique.

What Will You Learn?

The workshops are an introduction to the craft. You will learn about the tools and materials needed for upholstery. You will be taught techniques like applying foam, fabric, cutting corners on fabric, making and applying buttons & more.

We supply you with all the tools & materials for the course and fabric from a selection which you chose from.

Meet The Tutor 

You will be taught on the day by Emma, an experienced upholster and the Director of Semper Hopkins Upholstery (read Emma’s story here).

We keep the class size to no more than eight people so you will get lots out of the day.

All the frames and materials for the course are prepared in house by Ian (Emma’s Dad).


The workshops are held from our beautiful workshop, a converted Chapel in Scholar Green, a peaceful setting in the Cheshire countryside.

Find out about our Covid-safety measures here

Old Kent Green Methodist Chapel,
Cinderhill Lane,
Scholar Green,

What our customers think…

I recently attended the deep buttoned upholstery workshop which was absolutely brilliant. Emma was such a good teacher and has great patience but made everything so easy to do using a step by step approach. It was amazing to see a bunch of materials turned into such a lovely seating bench. My friends and family are also super impressed. Would definitely recommend Emma and her courses

Had the best time creating a footstool. Emma is skilled in her craft and teaches at a pace to suit all. Quality fabrics and equipment make creating a pleasure.

Beautiful surroundings and a beautiful end result.

I would certainly recommend and look forward to returning. Thank you Emma.

Attended a deep button upholstery course yesterday and loved every second. Location was stunning, Emma was a wonderful tutor, the quality of the materials and equipment were also outstanding. I would thoroughly recommend people of all abilities and ages give this a go. It’s great fun and you get a beautiful piece of furniture to take away.

A fabulous day switching off from work and being creative. The space is beautiful, Emma’s tuition is top class, and the materials are great quality. Highly recommend doing one of the workshops ❤️

Book An Upholstery Workshop

Would you love to learn a new skill? Create a piece of furniture, handmade by you.

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