Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 209 Conc £83 Full £379 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 16/09/2019 02/12/2019 CM1400
Monday 13:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 16/09/2019 02/12/2019 CM1410
Thursday 13:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 19/09/2019 05/12/2019 CM1451
Monday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 13/01/2020 30/03/2020 CM2400
Monday 13:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 13/01/2020 30/03/2020 CM2410
Thursday 13:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 09/01/2020 26/03/2020 CM2451
Monday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 20/04/2020 06/07/2020 CM3400
Monday 13:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 20/04/2020 06/07/2020 CM3410
Thursday 13:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 23/04/2020 09/07/2020 CM3451

What will the course cover?

This course is aimed at students with little or no previous experience of upholstery and provides a supportive learning environment for the development and practice of skills. The course will cover the use of hand tools, Health & Safety, and basic upholstery. You will be encouraged to work on a drop-in seat or dining chair as your first project which should be brought to the first class. Please note: to avoid disappointment any large items may only be accommodated following discussion with the tutor contact Jane Sutton for details.

Who is the course for?

Beginners to upholstery.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

No previous experience is necessary.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Upholster a drop in seat or similar Identify 4 tools and 5 materials used in upholstery. Apply Health and Safety procedures in an upholstery workshop. Set up and use a domestic sewing machine correctly. Measure and record sizes using the metric system. Mark out fabric accurately. Cut fabric accurately. Use loose stuffing to achieve a desired shape. Identify 4 upholstery fabrics. Identify 3 types of twine and specify their uses. Handle fabrics with necessary care. List the correct care for tools and equipment. Identify 4 trimming types. Write a costing sheet. Evaluate projects completed.

How is the course organised?

Practical workshop with demonstrations. Individual and group work. Question and answer sessions.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Keeping workshop learning journals up to date with written notes, photos and diagrams. Providing material for projects. Visits to furniture/fabric retailers.

How will my progress be assessed?

Feedback from your tutor on project work and progress recorded on your Individual Learning Plan and Learning Journal.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Higher level upholstery classes to develop your skills further

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your own piece of furniture and pay for all the materials used. Some tools are provided for use in class. Your own top fabric and trimmings. A notepad and pen. A camera. Stout shoes. Please note: Any items brought onto the premises and/or worked on in class are done so at the owners’ own risk.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff. .