Make A Queen Anne Style Footstool In 2 Saturdays

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 95 Conc £53 Full £170 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 15:30 2 MAC 09/11/2019 16/11/2019 CM1470

What will the course cover?

This is a fun short course run over two consecutive Saturdays and covers everything to produce and upholster a Queen Anne Style footstool (rectangular size approx. 40cm x 30cm or square size 35cm x 35cm) We provide everything except your top fabric! You’ll be using a drill to attach your wooden legs to a pre-cut mdf base, cutting foam to size, using sheet waddings and calico to create a beautifully shaped footstool before attaching your own top fabric, all with professional corner pleats and finish. You will also be able to stain your wooden legs to coordinate with your fabric. Using a mixture of traditional and modern tools and materials, you’ll learn lots of tips and tricks about upholstery fabrics and decorative finishes such as button making and different trimmings and how to make a simple trimming yourself. The course will run in our large upholstery workshop with a break for lunch on both days.

Who is the course for?

Perfect for beginners as an introduction to upholstery but equally enjoyable for those with some experience to be creative and make a footstool for themselves or for someone else as a special gift. Great fun for you and a friend, or ‘gift’ the course to someone who might want to try something new.

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

No previous experience is required.

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

Follow step by step notes to produce a small footstool. Recognise 5 basic upholstery tools and recall their uses, recognise 5 upholstery materials and recall their use, carry out correct and safe handling to use a drill, a pneumatic staple gun, foam cutter, tack hammer, chisel. Make a simple trimming from fabric using a sewing machine. Apply Health and Safety procedures in an upholstery workshop. Use website addresses and other sources to purchase upholstery materials to carry out upholstery for small projects.

How is the course organised?

A workshop with whole group explanations and demonstrations plus one to one support to make your footstool.

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

None needed but you can of course research styles and fabrics to build your understanding of upholstery.

How will my progress be assessed?

Your tutor will guide you through the process and correct mistakes. It is good to take notes and images to remember the skills learned along the way.

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

You can continue to develop your upholstery skills by taking an evening or day time upholstery course – see prospectus for details of loads of upholstery courses.

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

All materials are included in the fee for the course except your own top fabric which you must bring with you. You need to bring 1 metre of your chosen fabric. Fabric Advice: Choose fabric suitable for upholstery. Many fabrics used for soft furnishings or curtain making are completely fine for small projects too. However, to achieve the best result do not choose a fine silk, leather, pvc, elasticated or see-through fabrics. We will provide one light and one dark stain for the wooden legs, but optionally, you may bring a small tin of furniture paint of your choice and a brush to paint your legs if you prefer. A pen and note book if you wish.

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.