Deep Buttoned Stool / Footstool Workshop

You will make a Deep Buttoned Stool or Footstool on this upholstery workshop.

You will learn

  • About the different tools and materials needed for upholstery. These are all detailed in your course handout to take home at the end of the day.
  • Techniques like stapling elasticated webbing and hessian to the wooden frame, glueing foam to the hessian.
  • How to prepare the foam for deep buttoning including marking out the foam, drilling holes, and applying dacron.
  • How to prepare your fabric including marking out for buttoning, measuring and cutting the fabric
  • The process behind planning where the buttons will go. How to make your own fabric buttons, and how to deep button your furniture. Including pleating and finishing of your piece.

Useful information and what’s included

  • You will be provided with all the materials and tools needed to make your furniture.
  • You have the option to choose from either industrial hairpin legs or mid-century style wooden legs for the stool. Please select your choice when booking. For the Footstool you have the option to choose to have the feet finished in a natural or dark wax.
  • The course will start at 9.30am finishing at 2.45pm
  • Hot drinks are included throughout the workshop.
  • You will need to bring your own food with you.

Workshop Times;

  • Short day workshop runs from 9.30am finishing at 2.45pm.
  • Night workshop runs Tuesday 6-9pm (for two consecutive Tuesdays as per event calendar)

Fabric choice;

Fabric is included within the cost of the workshop. Please detail your colour choice when booking. Free samples can be requested directly from the supplier.


50cm wide x 40cm deep x 49cm high – Stool

50cm wide x 40cm deep x 29cm high – Footstool



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Deep Buttoned Upholstery Workshop – Short Day

Who Is It For?

The one day 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 workshop is 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 the tools & materials for the course, you will just need to bring 1m of fabric.

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 six 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 workshop is held from our beautiful workshop a converted Chapel in Scholar Green, a peaceful setting in the Cheshire countryside.

Find out about our Covid-safety measure here

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

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