Intermediate Sewing Workshop

Piped Box Seat Cushion

In this workshop you learn to make a piped box seat cushion. Which can be used on sofas, armchairs, a window recess, outdoor seating, on top of purpose built kitchen banquet seating, or campervan cushions. This workshop is recommended for people with sewing experience. If you are completely new to sewing please attend the introduction to sewing workshop first. It would be ideal if you have a project in mind that you can complete in the workshop.

Sewing is a fantastic upholstery skill to have and mastering sewing skills will open up the range of projects you can tackle at home.

You will learn how to:

  • Calculate fabric needed for your project. These are all detailed in your course handout to take home at the end of the day.
  • Measure and cut your fabric for sewing.
  • Make piping.
  • Sew and make your finished piece on an industrial sewing machine.

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 links below.

Warwick Amantheon Wool

Warwick Eco-Velvet

Please confirm the finished size of your piped box seat cushion so we can order the foam cushion. There is an additional cost for this as each project is individual to your needs (a quote will be provided and this will be invoiced separately)  Please use this to help you work out your measurements. 

What you need to bring:

  • You will need to bring your own food with you e.g. packed lunch and snacks.

What’s included:

  • Fabric, thread, zips.
  • Use of all the tools including an industrial sewing machine.

Useful information:

  • Hot drinks are included throughout the day.

Workshop Times from 9.30am finishing at 4.30pm.

Price £165 per person 

Capacity 4 people per workshop

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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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