Piping, Shallow Buttoned and Pleats Upholstery Workshop

Choose to make a stool, storage crate, small or large footstool, or two seater bench.

Choose from three designs – pleats, shallow buttoned or piping.

Discover the different tools and materials needed for upholstery, along with a range of upholstery techniques which are detailed in a handout for you to take away.

The price includes all materials and fabric. Suitable for beginners.

You will learn how to:

  • Staple elasticated webbing and hessian to the wooden frame, gluing foam to the hessian (not applicable to crate).
  • Measure and cut your fabric, stapling to your furniture frame, and finishing it with double pleat corners.
  • Make your own fabric buttons and apply to furniture (shallow buttoned design only).
  • Make piping and finish your furniture with fabric borders (piping design only).
  • Fix the feet or legs to your furniture.

Furniture choices – Please select your choice when booking.

  • Bench or Stool – choose from either metal hairpin legs or mid-century style wooden legs. 
  • Footstool (large or small) – for the feet choose from a natural or dark wax.

Fabric choice:

Sustainable Fabric choices included. Please detail your colour choice when booking. Free samples can be requested directly from the supplier by clicking on the link below.


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

Storage Crate – 50cm wide x 40cm deep x 38cm high 

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

Bench – 90cm wide x 40cm deep x 49cm high

Large Footstool  – 61cm wide x 61cm deep x 29cm high

Useful information:

  • Hot and cold drinks are included throughout the day.
  • You will need to bring your own lunch with you.
  • If you are making a Shallow buttoned or pleated design piece, your day will finish at approximately 2.45pm.

Piping, Shallow Buttoned and Pleats Upholstery Workshop

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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