Week Day Workshop - Bring Your Own Upholstery Project



Bring your own Upholstery Project - 9.30am - 4.45pm

The one day workshops run continually throughout the year giving you the flexibility to choose your day.

Open to all experience levels from beginner to improver.

You will learn an array of skills depending on your project. Your tutor will guide you how to sympathetically strip away existing upholstery, clean and carry out basic repairs, polish or paint show wood before building up the upholstery using traditional or modern materials and methodologies in keeping with your project.

There is no restriction to the type of furniture you bring with you, as long as you can transport it to and from the training room.

If you are new to upholstery this one day workshop is a great way to 'dip your toe' to find out if your are going to enjoy this wonderful craft.

You will be introduced to the tools of the trade, modern and traditional techniques using webbing, hessian and fillings.

If this is your first project a drop in chair seat, footstool or basic headboard is ideal and can generally be finished in a day.

The one day workshop is also a great way of extending your knowledge if you already have some upholstery experience and cannot commit to our longer courses. Perhaps your part way through a project and need guidance for the next stage.

Upholstery supplies available to purchase for your project.

Your tutor Sarah trained with the AMUSF (Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers) and became a Master Upholsterer in 2008.

MODE Upholstery School is an independent training establishment offering professional and leisure courses in traditional and modern upholstery, lampshade making and soft furnishings.

MODE Upholstery School reserves the right to postpone/cancel a booking in the event of any unforeseen circumstances or because minimum numbers have not been reached. In these circumstances an alternative date/s will be offered or a full refund given.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Please bring along your lunch. Tea, coffee & biscuits/cake available throughout the day.

Tools are provided along with protective eye wear and aprons, if you prefer to use your own tools feel free to bring them with you.

Upholstery supplies are charged for on a as used basis at discounted rates.

There's secure parking at the farm and everything is on the ground floor so no stairs to negotiate.


Sarah at MODE Upholstery School


Nene Valley Railway (NVR), Wansford Station

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Qualification offered
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (9:30am to 4:45pm)

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In-person course
Di Palmer - - #36602

Sarah is a brilliant teacher - I learned a huge amount and made great progress with my project. It was so interesting too to see the other projects that people were working on, and pick up useful tips about other kinds of task.

The setting is lovely and the cake excellent too.

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Libby Hughes - - #36354

I would highly recommend this course to anyone that wants to have a go at upholstery, whether it be for a home project or to see if it is a hobby or career you may want to pursue. Sarah has a wealth of knowledge in upholstery and interiors, and as she limits the size of the groups to 6 people, it means she also dedicates a lot of time to each individual in the group. There is no pressure to keep up with others, and although there is a lot of information to take in during the day, I found the course very relaxing and enjoyable, and will certainly be booking on to another course in the future.

In-person course

Excellent! Everything I had hoped for and much more. As advertised, the BYO project course was perfect for me as a beginner –
• Plenty of skilled, safety-conscious & supportive - individual attention,
• No pressure to keep up with others learning the same new skill and,
• An inspiring context in which look & listen to others seeking guidance for much more advanced projects.

Thank you Sarah (& three other participants) for all the mugs of tea and buckets of inspiration – altogether a 'Grand Day Out!'

In-person course
Louise Anderson - - #32850

I had a superb upholstery day with Sarah - loved every minute.
Sarah is an upholstery artist who made my class so enjoyable with her unlimited knowledge and expertise. I look forward to using the skills I've gained.

Very big thanks Sarah.

In-person course
Lucy - - #32632

I completed a day course with Sarah for my first ever upholstery project. She is brilliant at explaining and demonstrating techniques and I found the day really interactive, productive and fun. I learned so much in one day! I now have the confidence to complete my current project and start another using the tools and techniques she has showed me. I can't recommend her enough!

In-person course
Michele Carron - - #30385

I had a fabulous day on this course and Sarah was extremely patient, kind, knowledgeable and I would love the opportunity to do another course. Great setting, and I highly recommend this to anyone who fancies learning about upholstery. I did the course with 2 friends, which added to the enjoyment of the day.

All COVID-19 social distancing was maintained without affecting any part of the learning - thank you Sarah for a great day.

In-person course
Karen Cunnington - - #30096

A very enjoyable upholstery Taster Day with Sarah, she is a knowledgeable and patient teacher. I had an introduction into reupholstering an overstuffed chair in the traditional method. Sarah explained the processes very clearly and provided sanitised equipment along with mask and gloves. We each had our own designated work area to allow social distancing. I felt confident and secure with the way Sarah managed our welfare regarding Covid thoughout the day.

Sarah has given me the confidence to have a go at continuing this project at home, although I'm sure I'll be needing more expert tuition along the way. Highly recommended. Thank you Sarah.

In-person course
Anna thomas - - #30064

Fantastic day with Sarah, she's a great teacher, very patient and is very knowledgeable. The chair project I worked on was able to be completed on the day, and I have since put what I learnt to the test and completed more chairs at home.
Sarah is also being very aware of the current situation with Covid 19, and ensured that social distancing was maintained, gloves and masks were used and things were sanitised after use - both tools and toilets - which was really reassuring.

Thanks so much Sarah - I hope to be back soon!

In-person course
Ian Cunnington - - #30061

Thanks very much for a great day, I really enjoyed learning new skills from Sarah, a very good, patient and knowledgeable tutor. The room was well laid out with all the correct social distancing precautions in place and the tools were all on the tables and easily to hand. During the day I managed to get quite a way through upholstering my antique chair, and with the knowledge gained I have now completed it.

In-person course
Catherine - - #27759

Excellent taste day. Sarah was lovely and made me feel at ease. The learning environment was great and even the lunch was lovely.

She was amazingly patient and I really enjoyed the day and learnt a tremendous amount. Thank you 🙏

In-person course
Vikki Browning - - #27744

Sarah is welcoming and is a great tutor. I didn’t choose the easiest furniture item to learn on, but she made it easy for me. Fabulous day and a great lunch!

In-person course
Jane Edlington - - #27666

An amazing course and cannot recommend it enough! I went along for a one day taster session with a telephone table seat pad to cover.

Sarah is both very knowledgable & a super teacher. She has the knack of clearly explaining & demonstrating every little step but then ensures the participant actually does the work. I finished the day with a really professionally covered seat pad that has freshened up a classic piece of furniture wonderfully. Class sizes are super small and Sarah is always there to help when needed.

I learned loads!! After the course I’ve been able to independently complete a couple of similar projects. I’m now addicted and will be back for the 5 day course with a bigger project!!

Additionally..... the setting is lovely: a beautiful farm house that’s immaculately furnished. Lunch was a delight.... not just the food but the company. Most definitely a highly recommended day!

In-person course
Melanie Jest - - #27343

I went along for a Saturday course, the class was small and there were only 3 of us, Sarah's max is 4 so she has plenty of time to help each person. Sarah is very welcoming and warm and is a fab teacher.
She is a very skilled lady and it was a pleasure to learn from the best. I am now looking forward to returning one Saturday to start on a new project.

In-person course
P David - - #27283

A super day learning about the skills used in upholstery and producing my first small piece of upholstered furniture . Sarah is a passionate and knowledgable teacher who demonstrates, supports and guides you to develop your upholstery skills in a lovely well equipped environment. A thoroughly enjoyable day and I will be going back!

In-person course
Nicola - - #19790

Such a fabulous, relaxing day! Sarah is a great teacher, informative and with a wealth of experience to draw from. I learnt such a lot in one day and came away with a beautifully upholstered chair and the desire to do more.
This is a lovely way to spend a Saturday in a calm, creative environment with likeminded people (and with a great lunch too!)

In-person course
Rebecca Jan - - #19744

I have never done any upholstery before. I went with my daughter on the 9th Feb she bought the course for me as a gift. I so loved it. Sarah is patient, extremely knowleadgable and funny, and encourages you. I had no idea upholstery was so involved. I was very happy with the result of my endeavours and am booking a second session. Thank you Sarah.

In-person course
Ruth Morgan - - #19739

Better than any spa day! Such a relaxing and productive use of time to de-stress, be creative, and physically transform something tired and battered into a beautiful creation. Sarah is patient, clear, funny, a very good teacher who advises but ultimately steps back and lets you create what you want and learn from her expertise. I've booked to go again! Can't wait!

In-person course
Susan - - #19233

This was my first experience of upholstery and I had a fabulous day learning how to reupholster a chair. Sarah is a wonderful teacher, giving clear, easy to follow instructions. With only 3 people in the class Sarah was able to give individual help. Tea, coffee and biscuits were provided throughout the day and Sarah gave us a delicious lunch too, which gave us time to chat. I would highly recommend this course...it has inspired me to learn more about this craft.

In-person course
Kathryn - - #19163

Along with other reviews I have read, Sarah was an excellent tutor of her craft. I thoroughly enjoyed my upholstery session on Saturday. Training environment is perfect and it was good that the class was small allowing plenty of time to explain. Lunch was another another perk allowing time to get to know others on the course. I would recommend this training to anyone think of this as a career or as a relaxing one off session.

In-person course
Tammy Tushingham - - #18983

Sarah really knows what she is doing! She explains everything in a clear and straightforward way and her instructions make it easy for you to follow. You are made to feel very welcome and the whole day just flys by. An added delight are the excellent cakes and lunches provided by Sarah - delicious. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable and highly productive day which I would definitely recommend.

In-person course
Anne - - #18729

This was an excellent course, from booking through to waving goodbye as I proudly left with my almost-completed chair. I had never done any upholstery before and was naturally a little unsure of what I was letting myself in for, but Sarah was very clear and reassuring when I contacted her in advance and the day itself exceeded my expectations. She has the ideal qualities for teaching: she seriously knows her stuff and has what seems to be unlimited patience and a calm, unhurried manner. With only 3 in the class there was plenty of time for detailed instruction and help. My 1930s chair is totally transformed - now I just need to give the other 3 in the set the same treatment!

In-person course
Jeremy Wyman - - #18688

This was our twelfth course through Craft Courses.com and we were not disappointed. A very good day, and from our experience a top tier course. The tuition is excellent and the safety briefing at the start was probably the best we have experienced (we like to come back from our courses with all body parts intact, as we are often using tools we haven't used before). We were able to finish our chair / stool in the day, and that is a sign of a good tutor who takes you through steps in a smoothly. You are definitely doing the tasks yourself, so its all your own work but help is at hand when you get stuck or doing the more twiddly bits. We often find that each craft has its own language and tools that were carefully explained. This time the magnetic tack hammer was our favourite. Catering and lunch in particular was excellent.

In-person course
Sharon Spencer - - #16530

I was a complete beginner and a little nervous. Sarah was so welcoming and put me at easy straight away. I was surprised at how much I managed to achieve in one day. I would highly recommend this course and I'm hoping to do the 5 week course in the future. Also had a great lunch.

In-person course
Anna Dickens - - #15948

Sarah is a very patient , kind and meticulous teacher . l really enjoyed upholstering my french bed with her and was made to feel very welcome . Lovely surroundings and lunch just added to a lovely day . Would absolutely recommend and definitely will be going back myself .

In-person course
Marie donohue - - #15327

Really good day with Sarah doing upholstery. Excellent tuition with only 3 in class. Very good catering with drinks and biscuits readily to hand. Great learning opportunity . I would thoroughly recommend

Response from MODE Upholstery School:

Thank you Marie for your kind review and I’m so glad you enjoyed the day.
I will pop the double piping in the post to you this week.

In-person course
M.M - - #14624

This was a perfect introduction to upholstery and so enjoyable.
Sarah’s teaching skills are very clear and easy to understand, I wasnt expecting to finish my chair, the day went so quickly and I was surprised at how much I learnt.
Fab lunch and lovely biscuits!!

In-person course
Tracy Jeffreys - - #12851

This was my first time learning upholstery. The one day course was perfect for my first chair. Sarah is lovely and a great teacher. It has definitely made me want to learn more.

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