If you've ever wanted a quick, easy upholstery lesson, here's one by Debbie. She shows how she skillfully re-upholstered a couch with a yellow and blue, floral and striped pattern. Upholstery is a dying craft with next to no classes available in the U.S. You are doing good if you find a sole-proprietor who is willing to pass on the craft to you.
Re-upholstered couch by Debbie Bolocofsky
So far I've done 4 dining room chairs for a client, and was thrilled with the result. I plan to re-upholster more small, salvaged items, for myself and to sell locally. I learned a lot and feel more confident by just reviewing Debbie's images and reading her short descriptions.