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How to Upholster a Modern Car or Campervan Seat

Duration: 5 Days (Recommended)

Price: £250

Run by: Natasha Green
at Upholstery Courses UK

This course is taught online

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About the Course


This is an Ideal Course if you have always fancied learning this skill or if you have a Current Project you are working on and want to complete the Upholstery work yourself!

Are you sick of the rat-race and always wanted to try something new? Or maybe you just want to earn extra spending money on the side to pay for that Holiday you’ve always wanted? This is a great stepping stone to getting you there. After this Course, you will be competent enough to take on your first project!! Do you know how much it costs to re-upholster Car Seats? Check it out…. that’s what you could be making from your little workshop at home!!

Fun Fact – 80% of our Ex-Students are currently making a living from Upholstery Projects!

You will learn how to Re-Upholster a Car or Campervan Seat from Scratch. An easy step-by-step guide! You will learn how to use an Industrial Sewing Machine, the Tools of the trade including Material, Full Seat Preparation, Piping, Templating, a few popular diamond patterns including the famous Bentley Diamonds and Putting it all back together with all the finishing off tips and tricks of the trade! Also, that all-important Trade lingo!


MODULE 1– Setting Up Your Work Area
You will learn how to set up your workshop and get to know the tools you will use. Your work area does not need to be large - just very organised.   There are not many specialist tools. In fact, the biggest item you will need will be your sewing machine.  BUT don’t panic, you don’t have to run out and buy one at this stage, there are now a few companies that hire them out, making it really easy without putting a big initial investment before you actually know whether it’s for you or not.

We recommend these two companies in the UK:
Sew Europe
Phil – 0151 5250511 or 0151 525 0184

GTS Sewing Machines
01295 701384

MODULE 2– Industrial Sewing Machine Skills
You will learn how to use an Industrial Sewing Machine. You will practise some skills for a while before you move on.  The more confident you are with the sewing machine the easier the following Modules will be, so take your time and enjoy! 

MODULE 3– Preparing to Strip Your Seat
In this Module, we will show you the correct way to prepare and strip your seat, giving you loads of tricks and tips to make your life easier. **FREE TIP - Taking pictures before you strip the seat is priceless when comparing where fittings are placed and how the materials sit. So keep your camera or phone handy!

MODULE 4– Vinyl’s, Leather & Fabrics
In this Module, we will teach you the different types of materials you will use in car upholstery. The list is endless! **FREE TIP - Make sure you buy good quality vinyl’s and materials, don’t skimp as a stretch can be difficult to work with when you are new to car upholstery.

MODULE 5– Repairs to your Seat Form
You will learn how to repair a seat form (Jargon Alert!) We will show you a few essential repairs that will save you a lot of time and money buying a new one.  Most seats suffer from drivers and passengers getting into a vehicle, they use the seat sides as support instead of sitting directly on the seat base. This is the cause of most repairs. This just needs additional support to repair it and we will show you how!

MODULE 6 – Marking & Templating
In this Module you will learn how to do Marking and Templating. This is a skill in itself. Its worth taking plenty of time over this. You will not appreciate the value of these ‘marks’ until you start putting your seat pattern together.  Trust me!

MODULE 7 – Creating Diamonds
This Module is a favourite! We will take the mystery out of sewing Diamonds and double diamonds.  Once you have mastered this skill, there's pretty much nothing you can’t design.  You will be able to say that you can make a Famous Bentley Diamond! Stay Calm and enjoy! Shine bright like a diamond!

MODULE 8 – Making up the New Seat Base
In this Module, we teach you how to make your New Seat Base. All the preparation now comes into play, as you start to piece your pattern back together and it all starts to make sense.  

MODULE 9 – Making the New Seat Back
In this Module you will put into Practise the New Skills you have learnt. We will guide you in making your new Seat Back. By this time your confidence will be hitting the ceiling. You will be starting to feel like a rock-star!! Just one last piece of the jigsaw…..

MODULE 10– Making the New Headrest
Your final Module you will learn how to Make a New Headrest. We will also teach you how to fit and finish.  You are now the Very Proud Owner of an Amazing New Seat!! Time to upload those ‘before & After’ Photo’s on the Facebook Page and show the world what you have achieved!!!


‘Awesome! Learned and amazing skill. Found my calling!’
Richard Wilson – May 2017

‘Great Course’.
John Wilson – May 2017

‘Was astonished at what I achieved in just 5 Days, excellent!’
Julie Griffiths – May 2017

‘Fantastic Course, cant believe how much I have learnt – can’t wait to put it all into practise’
Karen Fethney – April 2017

“Fantastic course, totally exceeded my expectations. Thank you”
Nick Povey - April 2017

‘I would highly recommend this course, really enjoyed!
Jackie Butler – April 2017

‘Fantastic Course, loved every minute!’
Claire Shaw – March 2017

“I really enjoyed the course and learnt far more than I thought I would. I will definitely carry on and I have the intension and confidence to make a career of re-upholstery”.
Karen Rice -March 2017

“Great teaching, explain in an easy to understand manner”.
John Irons - Feb 2017

“This Course exceeded my expectations. I feel I have learnt so much, the way of teaching really fit my learning style. Thank you so much for the experience and for giving me a vision for my future”.
Jayne Wilkinson -Feb 2017

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What's included in the price?


You will receive a unique access code to the Course on our Site and can log in and out as many times as you like. There is no time limit on completing the course, you can go at your own pace and take your time.

Bonus material - Free PDF Fact Sheets to Download. These cover all sorts of Valuable Industry Information, Contacts, Tips, Tricks and Recommendations.

You will also get Full Support from us after this course, to guide you with your new venture! You will also have access to our Closed Facebook Group, where all ex-Students share experiences, patterns, tips and tricks of the trade!

As ex-students, you will also be entitled to discounts and special offers throughout the year on other Specialist and Niche Courses we offer. These will develop your knowledge and skills to become an Advanced Upholsterer and be top of your game! You will also be entitled to a discount to join our Exclusive Membership site too!

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