1 Day Leather Tote Making Course

Duration: 1 day, 10:30-17:00

Price: £139

Run by: Rebecca Eaton
at RJ Leather Sewing School


Unit 7, Suite1, 44 Chartwell Road, Lancing Business Centre
West Sussex
BN15 8UE

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About the Course

A great opportunity to make a leather tote bag from scratch using one of our Rebecca-Jane patterns. We’ll walk you through how to use the pattern and the steps to creating your very own leather tote.

No need to bring anything but your lovely selves and possibly a camera & notepad to document your project.

You have the choice of either black or tan brown leather for your tote and we have a selection of different colour canvas linings along with silver, antique brass and gold components to choose from. Simply leave a note during the check-out process to let us know which leather you would like to use.

Key skills learned in this course:
• Working with patterns
• Learning the basics about leather
• Professional leather and fabric cutting techniques
• Preparing leather for sewing & how to choose threads
• Professional machine construction techniques and methods
• Finishing methods for leather edges
• Preparing pieces for fusing and securing a leatherboard base
• Lining a bag
• Sewing different types of seams and how to finish them
• Attaching magnetic clasps
• Attaching handles with rivets
• Creating a patch pocket

Our classes are very small (max. 5 students per class) so there is plenty of one-to-one tuition. Many of our courses are run in parallel, so you may be making something different to other students on the day. Course dates tend to fill-up fast so if your preferred date is already fully booked we will be in touch to discuss alternative dates that suit you.

All classes will run with a minimum of only 1 person so you can have peace of mind that once you have booked your place you know nothing will change.

Wondering what other students have made? Visit the gallery on our website.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials below are provided by us:

• leather for front & back
• canvas lining
• leather for pocket
• fusing
• buckrum
• leatherboard bag base
• rivets & magnetic clasp

Finished bag dimensions:
L 34cm x H 38cm x W 7cm
Handle drop 20cm

You can choose to work with either our domestic (Janome) or industrial sewing machines. We have 3 flat-bed industrial sewing machines and a walking foot cylinder arm sewing machine, they are all fitted with slow speed motors so they are really easy for even a beginner. You are welcome to use either although our aim is for everyone to produce professionally finished bags and so we’d recommend using one of our industrial machines to get the best results.

We will have a half lunch break together and lunch will be provided for you. We will have a selection of bread cheese, ham, and salad. If you have any specific dietary requirements we recommend bringing some lunch. Coffee, tea(s) and a few snacks are provided to keep up our energy throughout the day. Please bring some drinking water.

Once we receive your booking with your preferred date we’ll send you an email with driving directions and public transport info. There is free parking on site.

About us:
The Rebecca-Jane Sewing School is run by a designer and our courses allow you to explore your ideas and leave with the confidence to continue your design & making journey for a hobby or creative career. We aim to teach you the skills and principles of innovative design and professional making techniques to create long-lasting innovative designs.

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Course Start Dates

Tuesday 20th November 2018
Saturday 24th November 2018
Sunday 25th November 2018
Saturday 8th December 2018
Sunday 9th December 2018
Monday 10th December 2018
Tuesday 11th December 2018
Saturday 12th January 2019
Sunday 13th January 2019

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