8-week Upholstery Classes

Want to upholster a chair like a pro?

Join our Eight Week Evening Class

    Its easy when you know how

        Learn the fast track method of upholstery. 

Join a Voodoo Molly upholstery class and discover how easy upholstery can be. 
Let us become your champion fan, as we inspire you to recover, repair and up-cycle your vintage furniture. 
Held over 8 weeks, our upholstery evening classes at our Papakura HQ are the best you can get in Auckland. 

About the classes

Structured lessons

At the start of very class we will learn various upholstery topics. Antonia will use discussion, slideshow/video &/or demonstrations to teach you the fast-track method to upholstery learning. 

Work on your chair

Bring your own simple armchair, stools, dining chairs etc to work on during second half of the evening. Each student will have their own workstation, staple gun and other upholstery tools to use. 

Learn how to start and complete

Antonia will help you step by step to complete your project. You will start with stripping down the chair, measuring up fabric, replacing support bases and comfort cores, and finally working with your fabric.


Each class goes for 8 weeks

6.45pm to 9pm

Tuition: $240 per person, supplies extra

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Examples of chair suitable for this class

What is covered in class

Week 1

  • Discover the "Fast track formula" to success
  • Working out fabric quantities
  • Deconstructing techniques

Week 2

  • Using airgun stapler
  • Support base types: wood, webbing, springs
  • Comfort core types: foam, wadding, natural fibres

Week 3

  • Working with fabric
  • Preparing fabric before cutting
  • Types of release cuts and how to choose the correct one

Week 4

  • Types of sewing machines
  • Using a walking foot machine
  • Custom piping
  • Piping application

Week 5

  • Types of upholstered corners: sewn, pleated, boxed
  • Fold double & single pleats
  • Types and styles of seat cushions

Week 6

  • Types of buttons
  • Tie on buttons onto soft surface
  • Attach buttons to hard surface
  • Install a simple zipper

Week 7

  • Back tack techniques: cardboard tack strip, plygrip (flexible), metal tack strips
  • Upholsterers slip stitch
  • Decorative nails & trim

Week 8

  • Dustcloths
  • Care of upholstered furniture 
  • Yay and nay slideshow
  • Q&A session 
  • Shared supper

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