ModHomeEc is a modern combination of Home Ec and Shop Class.

My studio in Indianapolis is home to upholstery and sewing classes for the casual DIY-er all the way up to some students who have started their own upholstery business. I just share what I know and try to make it understandable and inspirational to students searching for a little creative expression in their lives.
Being a sewer and creator all my life, starting my own custom upholstery business was a natural evolution of my interests. As I was feathering my own nest with a young family, I became adept at hunting down discarded furniture, as well as other pieces to restyle, redesign and reupholster. As my custom upholstery business was growing, I created a small line of upholstered children’s furniture and accessories which were sold through

One thing led to another and then I knew it was time to teach.

Mod Home Ec is a dedicated teaching studio equipped with everything necessary to learn how to create, restyle, reupholster and design furnishings for the home. You’re invited to visit our user-friendly studio any time.

In addition to all that fun, I write a weekly DIY column for The Indianapolis Star, monthly DIY projects for and DIY tutorials for Goodwill International.

Here’s where you can find us.

1101 E. 54th Street, Studio D
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220

We are just east of the Monon Trail and east of Reese Kitchens, and right behind Surroundings.
Here is a map to my shop. Turn south off of 54th street between Reese and Surroundings. Look for the green and white striped door.

“A moving picture is worth a thousand still photos of upholstery techniques.” Shelly Miller Leer

“Look forward to Fridays not just because it is the weekend…
but because I get to go to Upholstery Class!!!!!!” Katie Tuohy Rochford

We love to hear feedback from our readers as well as seeing your projects and home improvements.

Shelly Leer

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