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Learn how to Upholster a Drop-in Seat using Traditional Materials and Techniques.

Petit Miracles

Saturday, 28 October 2017 from 11:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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Join us at the Petit Miracle Interiors shop in the West12 shopping centre, London, Shepherds Bush and learn from our experienced team how to re-upholster a drop-in seat using traditional methods. Learn a new skill and help a small charity.


What you will learn

We work in a small group (around 5 people per workshop) so the session will be tailored to your skill level and experience. You can bring in your own chair to work on, or, work on one of ours (if you want to take it home there is an additional charge, chairs usually range from £15-£40).

The session will cover the following:

  • The different tools used for traditional upholstery: How to handle tools correctly to avoid damage to yourself and the furniture
    • Upholsterers Magnetic Hammer
    • 13mm Improved Tacks
    • 10mm Improved Tacks
    • Regulator
    • Web Strainer (Bat & Peg)
    • Fabric Scissors
    • Beech Wood Mallet
    • Cranked Ripping Chisel
    • Pliers
    • Curved Upholstery Needle/Bayonet Spring needle
  • Know the use for each tool and which material is used for each step 
  • Understand  and gain an appreciation for the different materials used:
    • Jute Webbing
    • 12oz Hessian
    • Coconut Fibre/Coir
    • Nylon Buttoning Twine
    • Calico
    • Skin Wadding
    • Top Fabric (please bring your own. We have a limited supply that you can purchase from our store)
  • Understand the each step and each layer involved in the upholstering process

 At the end of the session you will have gained an understanding of all the stages required when reupholstering a drop-in seat, and, you get to take home it home with you and show off to all your friends and family.

Detailed blog about our workshops
If you would like to read about our workshop in detail please visit our blog to read the guest post from attendee Christina which describes the workshop in detail. Read the blog.


£150 per person. This includes all tools and materials however, please supply your own drop-in seat and top covering. 

Please note:  If you cannot source a chair with drop-in seat, we can supply you with a one for an additional charge (£15-£40 depending on the chair chosen) and you will require approximately 1 metre of upholstery weight fabric for your top covering.  We have limited supply to choose from and is £20 per metre.


11-5.00 pm on the last Saturday of each month.


Petit Miracle Interiors, First Floor of the West12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PP (map)

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1st Floor, West 12 Shopping Centre
Petit Miracles (First Floor)
Shepherd’s Bush Green
W12 8PP London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 28 October 2017 from 11:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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Petit Miracles

Petit Miracle's is a registered charity which uses empty property to create social value.  

Petit Miracle Interiors, located in the West12 Shopping Centre, provides interior design training, DIY & upcycling workshops to vulnerable adults in local community. We divert items from landfill, occupy vacant property all whilst creating social value.

Petit Miracle Hub, also located in the West12 Shopping Centre, is a retail and business incubation project - created by Londoners for Londoners.  Our Hub is a haven for aspiring entrepreneurs needing access to the retail market.  Customers can expect a varied, one-of-a kind shopping experience where they can meet the deisgners, hear their stories and purchase bespoke designs and products.

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