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Bag making courses, workshops and classes. Learn how to craft your own bespoke tote, satchel, rucksack, messenger or hand bag!

Image for Hand-stitched leather tote, satchel or messenger bag course
Next course on 15th July 2017
Make a hand-stitched leather tote, messenger or satchel for ladies and gents. This popular course has been featured in 'The Guardian', 'The Week' and 'The Lady' magazine. Get in touch to book your place! A two day course which teaches you how to make your own beautiful leather tote, messenger or satchel. A completely 'hands on' course with plenty of support and encouragement as you construct your hand-made leather bag working from one of our...
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Next course on 1st July 2017
As featured in The Guardian, learn traditional leatherwork skills at Diamond Awl Workshop. On our two day leather bag making course you will have the choice of making either a messenger bag, tote bag or postal bag. No prior leatherwork experience is needed as you will learn all the core leatherwork skills plus additional techniques that are relevant to the more complex process of leather bag making. You will leave the course having made your...
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Come along for two full days of making a leather bag. On the course you will learn about different types of leather and how to select the right type for the right type of bag. Choose from a selection of ready made bag templates, or make/adapt your own. You will also learn how to create a patch pocket and insert a zip. Then finally, how to attach handles to create a one-of-a-kind professionally finished bag....
Image for Leathercraft/pouch - spend the day learning to make a leather bag/knife sheath or axe sheath leather water bottle
Next course on 5th July 2017
This course can be done online or one to one at my workshop. Tools provided at my workshop or I can advise you where to buy your own. Sessions can be booked in 4 and 8 hour blocks but can then be broken down into bite sized two hour sessions. This helps with dealing with specific issues, time to practice and a revisit in the next session before progressing. Whilst you can have whichever suits...
Image for Half Day Leather Clutch Bag / Ipad making course
Next course on 1st July 2017
On this half day course you will make your own unlined simple clutch bag or Ipad case to take home with you. Ideal for beginners, with no previous experience required, or the perfect next stage from one of our 2 hour taster courses. You will be taught the basics of leather work and how to cut and prepare leather. You will have a choose of different pre prepared patterns so can choose the design and...
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Next course on 18th November 2017
Learn to make your own beautiful felt bag on this one day course! You will be shown how different styles of bags are made. How to add handles, flaps or a pocket, and to design the pattern, then helped to make a bag to your own design. You can never have too many bags! Felt is one of the earliest fabrics to be made, occurring throughout the world, and used extensively for everything from hats...
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Next course on 28th July 2017
A rare opportunity to learn how to wet-mould vegetable tanned leather and create a bespoke moulded leather bag or rucksack. This three day intermediate level and exploratory course is equally suitable for men or women and teaches the basic skills required to create moulded leather goods. This is a very practical, hands-on course focusing on wet-moulding and hand stitching vegetable tanned leather. During the course you will make two hand-made moulded products; the first will...
Image for Stitchless Leathergoods Workshop - learn how to craft your own small leathergoods piece or bag with no stitching
In this exciting, short one-off workshop, you can learn how to craft their own bag/belt/wallet/phone case/iPad case/glasses case from vegetable tanned leather in just two and a half hours. You can select from a wide choice of colours and play around with different weaving and lacing techniques and learn how to embellish and personalise your piece with your name using a range of traditional leatherwork stamping tools. Courses run at -Leather Needle Thread Studio, Clyde...
Image for Art & Craft Days - Make a Felt Hat, Bag, Laptop Case or Cushion cover in a Day
Next course on 18th August 2017
On this one day workshop our tutor Kris will teach you design, layout, felting and finishing. You will be using the wet felting method, transforming fibres into a strong fabric. This will be done with simple tools, your hands, bubble wrap, soap and water. You will learn how to make a 3D object by using strong plastic shapes to wrap the fibres around. This will be removed once felting has finished. At the end of...
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Next course on 16th September 2017
This brand new Leather Satchel Course will teach you how to prepare, make and hand stitch a vegetable tanned, leather satchel in just two days! Similar in style to the traditional school satchel you’ll make a lightweight leather bag which is designed to carry your tablet as well as other essentials. You will be working from a choice of pre-prepared patterns including a rucksack and while you are here, you will learn how to cut...