Class Set

Room Refresh & Repurpose 5-Class Set


Item: W0375E


Spring into the new season with fresh home decor and your best sewing ever! From mastering upholstery with Cynthia Bleskachek to creating custom curtains and draperies with Susan Woodcock, this 5-class set is the perfect opportunity to learn from the pros and invest in your furniture’s future.

For a more detailed summary of each class included in this set, see the “Classes Included” tab below.

NOTE: After purchase, all individual classes within this set will be made available in your Craftsy account. You will be able to enjoy your purchased classes within your library anytime without losing access.

Classes Included

Getting Started With Upholstery (3h 11m)
Bring your furniture back looking better than ever! Join upholstery professional Cynthia Bleskachek and learn how to reupholster a chair seat. During class, you’ll build a solid repertoire of techniques you can take into your future furniture-covering endeavors, practicing on a slip-seat and side chair along the way. Discover which types of fabric best fit your needs, the proper tools for the job and how to tear back old fabric for a fresh start. Cynthia will help you conquer corners and curves to get even coverage, and show you how to make precise relief cuts for smooth, pucker-free upholstery. Plus, you’ll install tack strips for clean edges, and learn to add designer details like buttons and nailhead trim!

Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Couches & Sofas (1h 54m)
Refreshing your décor doesn’t have to mean spending lots on a new sofa. Join professional upholsterer and decorator Kim Chagnon and learn how to make a couch cover that will last for years and give your furniture a beautiful, custom look. During class, you’ll learn techniques for measuring accurately and planning your design. Wondering how to ensure your slipcovers will fit flawlessly? You’ll discover pin-fitting techniques that will set you up for success before you even sew! Then, you’ll see how to seam with precision, easily conquering the curves and corners that stand in your way. Kim will even teach you the steps to install multiple styles of closures, create custom skirts and fix any mistakes that might pop up along the way.

Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Chairs (1h 58m)
Sew slipcovers that enhance your furniture instead of hiding it! Join pattern designer and sewing expert Cherie Killilea as she shares accessible techniques for draping and rough-cutting slipcovers that enliven any chair. Discover how to accurately measure furniture so that you can estimate yardage as you cover both a straight-backed dining chair and a cozy armchair. Choose from two hem options, for both everyday and formal finishes, and learn how to sew a zippered cushion cover to complete your armchair makeover. Plus, Cherie will share insider tips that make slipcovering a whole set of chairs infinitely easier! By the end of this class, you’ll feel empowered to breathe new life into your favorite furniture with fabric you love and a style that’s uniquely you.

Sewing Custom Curtains & Draperies (3h 27m)
Create one-of-a-kind curtains with guidance from professional drapery expert Susan Woodcock! Find out how to select the right fabric for any project and get tips for quickly and easily measuring your window. Then, design your curtains, learn proper proportions and determine the direction of your fabric for perfectly aligned repeating motifs. Discover the secrets to panels that hang beautifully, block light and even insulate your home. Create stylish grommet curtains with evenly spaced rings. Sew a gorgeous gathered curtain and explore tools and techniques for gathering your fabric easily and consistently. Plus, stitch up a variety of pleated curtains, including French, Euro, Goblet and more. You’ll also learn to work with multiple fabric widths, add interlining and uncover the best way to hide seams in pleats!

Sew Luxury Fabrics: Pillows (3h 56m)
Go ahead, spring for that specialty fabric, and learn how to sew fancy pillows that elevate your decor! Gain the skills you need to showcase your style using fine fabric, with author and sewing expert Linda Lee as your guide. Create four elegant, custom pillows, starting with techniques for sewing specialty fabrics without marring the weave. Sew sheer fabric with ease as you stitch a self-flanged pillow using organza. Carefully craft a lavish velvet pillow with simple smocking that showcases the lush texture. Linda even divulges her secrets for sewing around curves as she teaches you how to stitch a tufted silk pillow. By the end of this class, you’ll have the skills to command luxury fabrics and create custom pillows that instantly elevate your home decor!

Your Instructors

Cynthia Bleskachek

Rejuvenating old furniture is Cynthia Bleskachek’’s passion. Growing up in her mother’’s home-based business, Cynthia developed a deep appreciation for the craft of upholstery. In 2001, she joined the Professional Upholsterers Association of Minnesota and began her own upholstery career. In 2015 she was a featured presenter at the Minneapolis Junk Bonanza and has spoken at many industry events. Today, you can find Cynthia working and teaching at her St. Paul shop, The Funky Little Chair.

Kim Chagnon

With 20 years of experience, Kim Chagnon has become a trusted name in both upholstery and instruction. In 1996, she started her own business, Kim’s Upholstery, which continues to thrive and give clients the custom upholstery they truly want. When she’s not busy at the store, Kim is busy teaching. For the past six years, she’s led classes for the Window Coverings Association of America group as well as popular trade shows and conferences. She is also a co-founder of the sold-out 2014 Sewing and Upholstery Retreat.

Cherie Killilea

Cherie Killilea has been sewing slipcovers and working with furniture for more than 16 years. She began sewing when she was just 6 years old, and started writing patterns in 2006 as a way to share her creativity with fellow enthusiasts. Today, Cherie is a renowned pattern designer and owner of StudioCherie, a website where she creates bags, accessories, clothing and slipcovers.

Susan Woodcock

Susan Woodcock has owned her own custom drapery workroom for more than 25 years, offering sewing services, custom window treatments and interior design expertise. She’s the author of the comprehensive how-to book “Singer Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades and Top Treatments,” and shares her passion through Home Dec Gal, a home decorating website. Together with her husband, Rodger Walker, Susan also co-produces the Custom Workroom Conference, an educational event and trade show. Her latest venture is the Custom Workroom Technical Center, a hands-on training facility for custom window treatment and soft furnishings, in Tryon, North Carolina.

Linda Lee

Linda Lee has loved fabric for as long as she can remember, so it’s no surprise that she has spent her career working in fashion and interior design. She is the owner of The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, where adventurous sewers can find patterns for distinctive garments created with innovative techniques. She has written numerous sewing books and contributed articles to magazines including Threads, Sew News and Stitch. She has also been the sewing expert for segments on the HGTV programs “Today at Home” and “Our Home.”

Bonus Materials

Each class in this set comes with a helpful downloadable PDF that will add to the fun and success of each class. In total, you will gain access to 5 PDFs containing 28 pages of content, which you can view online anytime or print out to reference.

Getting Started With Upholstery - Supplies and Resources

Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Couches and Sofas - Supplies and Resources

Custom-Fit Slipcovers Chairs - Supplies Diagrams and Measurement Tables

Sewing Custom Curtains & Draperies

Sew Luxury Fabrics: Pillows - Resources and Instructions