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Upholstery Workshop - Footstool



Come and join us for this wonderful introduction into the world of upholstery. This course is perfect for complete beginners. In the space of a day you will create a beautiful footstool that you can put your feet up on and relax in style - assuming your pet hasn't pinched it as a glamorous bed first!

The day will start with a discussion about the selection of upholstery fabrics - fire retardancy, fire regulations and the Martindale rub test.  You will then share your fabric choices and possible varnish, wax and decorative tack choices effectively planning the overall appearance of your footstool. The tutor is also happy to discuss supplier details should you wish to make more after the workshop has ended.

You will have the opportunity to varnish or wax the footstool feet which are untreated.

Next, you will be guided through the process of upholstering a solid base employing a mix of modern and traditional upholstery techniques, shaping foam, using calico, adding polyester wadding and then covering with your chosen upholstery grade fabric. Followed by adding a choice of decorative brass or coloured upholstery nails around the corners

Finish size of footstool: Height 10" x  Width 10" x Length 16"

All the materials required will be included excluding the top fabric, which you will need to source ahead of the workshop as we don't currently stock upholstery fabrics in the  Sew Me Something shop.

Kit included in the price of the workshop:

Ply Base

4 x 6" Queen Anne legs



Platform cloth

Decorative Nails

Tools available for use in the class:

Varnish and brushes

Wax and cloths

Magnetic Hammer and tacks

Handheld staple gun


What we provide

  • Use of all relevant tools and equipment
  • The kit as detailed in description above
  • Free Parking
  • Tea, Coffee & cake
  • 10% Discount on purchases of full priced fabric & haberdashery made in the Sew Me Something Shop
  • 10% off future workshop bookings if made on the day you are attending a workshop
  • 10% off purchases from our lovely onsite cafe, The Makers Kitchen, serving delicious lunches, award winning coffee and locally baked cakes

What you need to bring

  • Your upholstery grade top fabric. You will need 1m if using a patterned fabric or 1/2m if using a plain fabric
  • An Apron to protect your clothes from varnish and wax
  • It is also advisable to not wear a wool or knitted tops as the tacks can snag on the fabric and get dislodged. 

*Please note, upholstery can be quite a physical activity, you will need to be able to use a staple gun, hammer and tacks.


Tutor - Jennie Symons

To find out more about Jennie and her work you can visit her website:

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