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The fundamental kickstarter programme where we'll introduce you to the wonderful, creative world of upholstery. This is Mollies Make & Create's most popular 6-hour workshop, where you will work step-by-step on your very own footstool.

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • Creating a support base with frame and webbing
  • Adding foam and wadding to make a comfort core
  • Working with fabric and cutting patterns
  • Folding single pleat corners
  • How to sew the upholsterer's slip-stitch.
  • How to tie on buttons with a slip-knot

Footstool supplied, $195 p/p View Student Gallery

Do you have a group of 6+ friends?  Book Auckland group event

Part 2 Upholstery Kickstarter: Padded Stool

Continue on your creative journey of upholstery in this critical follow-up programme, designed to help you make sense of more complex techniques often found on armchairs. This is a 6-hour workshop, where you'll work step-by-step on a padded stool.

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • How to work with fabric and cut out patterns manually
  • Use a sewing machine to sew straight seams and make piping
  • Add foam, wadding, fabric and buttons to a hard-based frame
  • Use a web stretcher tool to install jute webbing
  • Discover the secret of blind tacking
  • Perform a release cut to upholster around the legs.

Seat supplied, $195 p/p View Student Gallery

Auckland   Wellington   Nelson & Whakatane classes coming in 2020.

Do you have a group of 6+ friends?  Book Auckland group event

Make your own: Headboard

If you have ever wanted to make your own headboard, this is the workshop for you! No previous upholstery experience is needed -- this is a great class for either beginners or more advanced students. 

You can select your size of headboard, from SINGLE to SUPER KING , which is supplied for you, including legs. 

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • Secret to accurately measuring for buttons (buttons are optional)
  • Adding foam to make a soft base
  • How to attach fabric 
  • The art of folding corners

Headboard supplied, $245-$335   View Student Gallery

Do you have a group of 6-8 friends?  Book Auckland group event

Classes available at Auckland

Upholstery Workshop: 2-day chair

Have you always wanted to give upholstery a go, but lack the skills, space, equipment or confidence to give it a go? If yes, then join Antonia on this practical and informative 2-day upholstery workshop, you will learn how to upholster your own simple chair. 

Depending on the style of your project, some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • Working with webbing and comfort core materials
  • Measuring fabrics and cutting patterns
  • Release cuts Y, I or combo
  • Back tacking with tack-strip
  • Sewing seat cushions, installing zippers
  • Making custom piping cord
  • Installing buttons

BYO Chair, $290p/p View Student Gallery

Auckland
Do you have a group of 6-8 friends?  Book Auckland group event

Channelling: Headboard

Elevate the style and sophistication of your bedroom with a channel headboard.  A channel headboard has vertical, padded sections, which are pulled down on each side. This is a fun and interesting skill to learn, and with a few trade secrets you can master this technique very quickly. 

You can select your size of headboard, from SINGLE to SUPER KING, which is supplied for you, including legs. 

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • How to setup your board to create accurate channels
  • The art of back-tacking
  • How to fold sides to match the front pleats
  • Folding corners

Headboard supplied, $265-$355   

Biscuit Tufting: Padded Bench

Learn the wonderful skill of biscuit tufting in this fun and exciting workshop. Over 6-hours you'll make your own padded bench, perfect for your entrance hall or for the end of your bed. Biscuit tufting is a wonderful buttonless sewing technique that creates a curvy profile. 

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • How to draw up your biscuit tufting sections
  • Use a sewing machine to create panels
  • Learn how to create sewn corners
  • Secret to buttonless tufting
  • Perform release cuts

Bench seat supplied, $245p/p  View Gallery

Fitted Covers: Round Pouf 

In this workshop you will make a generous-sized round pouf / footstool made from sewn panel construction. Each of the 6 panels can be either one colour, or chose from 2, 3 or even 6 different colours. On top will be a generous size button, covered in the fabric of your choosing.  

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • How to use paper patterns to prepare foam and fabric
  • Use a sewing machine to sew a fitted, panelled cover
  • Use foam and wadding to transform your wooden frame
  • How to turn a flat button into a shanked, self-covered button
  • Work with rigid sheets to create a smooth, enclosed base

Stool supplied, $195p/p  

Diamond Tufting: Storage Trunk

In this technique based workshop Antonia will share the secret to deep buttoning. Learn the concepts and techniques whilst upholstering your very own lidded storage trunk, which is supplied.

Diamond tufting is also called deep buttoning. It is a traditional upholstering technique where fabric is folded around deeply pulled buttons. It is a very time consuming process that requires patience and accuracy, but when mastered the resulting effect is stunning. 

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • How to measure for button placement
  • Prepare foam and wadding layers
  • How to measure and mark fabric
  • Create the distinctive diamond pattern folds
  • How to install buttons

Trunk supplied, $245p/p  View Student Gallery

Diamond Tufting: Round Ottoman

Upholster your very own round, deep-buttoned ottoman, which will look great in your bedroom, dressing room or living room. 

Deep buttoning is a traditional upholstering technique where fabric is folded around deeply pulled buttons. It can be a very time consuming process, but when mastered the resulting effect is stunning.

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • How to measure for button placement
  • Prepare foam and wadding layers
  • How to measure and mark fabric
  • Create the distinctive deep button folds
  • How to install buttons

Round ottoman supplied, $245p/p  

French Tufting: Floor Cushion

Learn the beautiful hand-stitching technique of French mattress tufting in this hands-on workshop. You'll make either a small (finished 45cm), medium (60cm) or large (75cm). These can be used for seating, a meditation cushion or even a pet bed. 

French tufting has a decorative edging to give it a distinctive look. The center has several button-less tufts which shape the overall French tufted look. Bring your own cotton fabric & embroidery floss. A set of tufting needles will be yours to take home. 

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • Use a sewing machine to create a flat sided cushion
  • Learn to tie buttonless tufts
  • The secret to hand stitching a decorative edging

Cushions & needles supplied, $195p/p  

Beginners Sewing: Scatter Cushions

Dress up your bed or lounge suite with your own custom-made, knife-edge scatter cushions. 

You will make three 45 x 45cm pillows, using your own favourite cotton fabric. First you'll make a simple zipper-less cushion, then a zippered cushion and finally a welted/piped cushion. 

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • How to use patterns and cut fabric
  • Use a sewing machine to sew a basic seam and hem
  • Learn how to install a zipper
  • Make your own custom-made piping
  • How to sew piping into a seam

Supplies to make 3 cushions included, $195p/p  

Furniture Painting: BYO Project

Bring along a chair, bedside table or coffee table for a fun and messy day transforming your furniture with Voodoo Molly Vintage Paint.

This is a great way to refresh your pre-loved furniture into a new look. Paint, brushes, sandpaper are supplied, and our Mollies shop will be open to purchase stencils, transfers, knobs and mouldings. 

Some of the skills and techniques you will learn are:

  • How to prep your furniture for longterm durability
  • The secret of minimising brush strokes 
  • How to get an authentic aged look
  • Successful method of bleed-free stencilling

250ml Vintage Paint supplied, $145p/p  

Auckland

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