Upholster a stool

Turn a plain stool into a seriously stylish piece of upholstered goodness!

In this fun two and a half hour workshop you will: - Upholster the stool top using tools and techniques for that professional finish - Learn the techniques to attach foam to achieve that perfect rounded shape - Discuss fabric layout/placement - Add a decorative button for that detailed touch

The skills and techniques you’ve learnt in this workshop will allow you to add this upholstered style top to other furniture pieces such as dining chairs, bench seats, toy boxes and more. You may even decide to upholster a set of stools to use around a dining table.

What You’ll Get - A stool - Foam, dacron, calico and dust cover - Decorative covered button - Use of tools for the workshop including staple guns

Please note: if students are bringing material that was printed and designed in Julie Paterson’s LookDrawPrint workshop then please make sure you have fixed the print by either ironing the fabric or putting it in the tumble dryer. The linen Julie provides is upholstery grade.

Materials List

What to bring: One fabric piece approximately 60cm square to finish your stool, or a bit more if you have a specific design placement in mind. The fabric would ideally be one fit for upholstery which means a mid to heavier weight linen, cotton canvas, denim etc. Fabrics not suitable include: calico, dress/apparel, quilting fabric as they will be too fine for upholstery. If the students aren’t really concerned that their stool could only be sat on occasionally (ie. not as durable), then  using a lighter weight fabric is suitable.


Simone & Martine Kilo

HOME INDUSTRY is a vintage furniture & bespoke soft furnishings store developed from a love of ‘how-to’ for the home and is the creation of sisters Simone and Martine Kilo. We offer a unique custom made service to create locally handmade homewares and interior products, along with restored vintage and re-upholstered furniture. With over 20 years experience in furniture and homewares retailing and textile design and production, we have been running Upholstery workshops for the past 4 years, sharing our knowledge of these old school crafts. We have created this upholstered stool workshop to teach you some fundamentals of basic upholstery as well as give you a range of skills to try your hand at more upholstered pieces at home.