Two Day French Mattress Cushion Workshop – Macungie PA

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Registration Opens January 1, 2023

Join us in Macungie PA, for a 2-Day French Mattress Cushion Workshop, March 25 & 26, 2023

Hosted by Jan Reese

Attend this two-day french mattress cushion workshop for only $550 (the workshop fee includes 2 days of instruction and the fillings for one of the cushions.)

In this workshop, all students will need to supply their own fabrics and one piece of foam. We will be making two french mattress cushions 20″ x 20″ x 4″. You will also need decorative stitching thread, tools, and a portable sewing machine. I will email you a list of fabric yardage, supplies, and tools required once you’ve registered for the workshop. You will learn fabrication techniques for a french mattress cushion with two types of fillings. This payment is to hold your spot and is non-refundable.

Expect to learn new techniques, acquire new skills, and have fun!

French Mattress Cushion Workshop – You must understand the basics of machine sewing a cushion and have a portable sewing machine.



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. As of 2018, as a result of the growing requests for upholstery education, Kim’s Upholstery now focuses exclusively on educating DIYers and professional furniture upholsterers.

When she’s not busy in her workroom, Kim is busy teaching upholstery online and by way of in-person workshops. For the past eight years, she’s led classes for the Window Coverings Association of America as well as popular trade shows and conferences.

Registration Opens January 1, 2023


Limited to 6 students

  • To Attend you MUST have Basic cushion sewing skills
  • French Mattress Cushion Workshop duration is 2-day
  • Cost is $550 (non-refundable payment due upon registration)
  • You will be making 2 – 20″ x 20″ x 4″ French Mattress Cushions, Cotton and Dacron included in the workshop fee
  • Students will come prepared with their own fabric, hand sewing threads, sewing notions, sewing machines, and 1 – 20″ x 20″ x 4″ piece of foam
  • The session will run from 8:00 am to 4/5:00 pm – with a 1-hour break for lunch (day two will end a bit earlier)
  • You will need to come with a sewing machine and fabric that is compatible with your sewing machine’s ability

By attending this workshop you agree to allow Kim’s upholstery to take photos or videos of you for marketing and promotional purposes.


  • 6 students per workshop
  • The cost is $550 (non-refundable payment due upon registration to hold your spot)


Jan Resse
Location: Macungie Institute
510 East Main Street
Macungie, PA 18062



Kimberley Chagnon


Comfort Inn Lehigh Valley West Allentown PA
Hyatt Place Allentown / Lehigh Valley



Arrival – Students arrive by 8:00 am.

Introductions – Once everyone has arrived, we take a few minutes to visit and get to know one another.

Getting Started – Then it’s time to start cutting and sewing.

What to Expect on Day One – We will sew the cushion casings and have one stuffed and hand-stitched closed.

Lunch Time – At 12:30 pm we take a 1-hour break

Quitting Time – Expect to end the day around 4:00 pm

  • Arrive at 8:30 am
  • We will complete our two cushions by hand sewing the french mattress detailing and adding buttons.
  • Class will end mid afternoon


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  • 2 yards fabric (1 yard for reach french mattress cushion)
  • 1- 20 X 20 X 4″ foam (second cushion insert and dacron will be supplied)
  • Hand sewing thread for decorative detail
  • Thread to match your fabrics
  • Buttons – 8 per cushion (We can do a decorative stitch detail for one cushion )
  • Button twine for attaching buttons
  • Button Needle (10″)


  • Scissors (sharp)
  • Long straight pins (1 7/8″ glass head work best)
  • seam ripper
  • Tape Measure (soft cloth)
  • Straight edge/ long metal ruler
  • Sewing Machine
  • Flat sewing machine foot
  • Hand sewing needles
  • 3″ Curved hand sewing needle
  • Marking pen for fabric

What people are saying about our workshops…

“What a fun weekend. Five very different chairs, all complete and looking incredible. I enjoyed Ashfield so much. I stayed at a wonderful Air BnB owned by two artist and their dog Charlie. Each day we worked non stop, in this spacious and well lit barn, provided by our host Amy, along with incredible comfort food. Kim guided us with every detail, introduced us to new tools and tricks to give us confidence and pride in the results. Big thank you to Bill and Kim for setting this up. We are fortunate to know you.”

Heather Taylor, Owner, Custom Textiles
“The three day upholstery workshop I took with Kim from Kim’s Upholstery was fabulous! I found Kim to be energetic and knowledgeable. The class was composed of five women with five different chairs. This did not phase Kim in the least. She was able to transition from assisting one attendee to another with ease and made it seem effortless. I am very happy with my finished chair and feel confident in attempting to upholster another chair after taking this class. I know she is an email or phone call away if I have any questions. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in upholstering, beginner or intermediate.”
Julie Wood, Owner, The Leading Edge Drapery
“I attended a three day workshop in Northborough, MA last year with 4 other ladies and we had a blast learning and enjoying each other’s company whilst working hard. We had Kim with us all the way, and each of us having a different chair, we learned different skills watching them do their chairs. Kim helped us from the bare wood upwards until the finished product and it was a pleasure. She explained every technique we did and the correct order of upholstering our piece of furniture. Now, if we have any questions we know that she is only an email or phone call away from asking her questions. I am a hands on learner so this was very helpful having Kim by my side all the way.”
Linda, Student, Upton, MA


Registration Opens January 1, 2023

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