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

Next course on 25th November 2017
This 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 leather, prepare,...
Next course on 25th November 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...
Next course on 30th September 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...
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....
Next course on 30th September 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...
Next course on 21st October 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...
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...
Next course on 13th April 2018
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...
Next course on 20th October 2017
This course is suitable for beginners but is also a great follow up for students who have already attended one of our shorter courses. The course will begin with students learning the basic leather skills (or refreshing your memory of them) by firstly learning and practicing how to hand stitch leather. You will learn marking out, choosing appropriate leather, hand saddle stitching and raw edge finishing. Following this everyone will make one small unlined saddle...
Next course on 11th October 2017
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...