A great opportunity to learn how to sew a high end fully lined chrome dyed leather tote or hobo bag from scratch using one of our RJ Leather Studio patterns. We’ll walk you through all the steps needed to create a professional handbag, teaching you how to use a pattern, sew on industrial sewing machines and all the tips and tricks to sewing leather.
With over 10 years of working in the accessories industry, having worked in Paris and London for numerous fashion houses and sucessfully run her own handbag brand. Rebecca is open to sharing all her knowledge and expertise with you on this one day course.
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, tan brown, purple, navy, dark green or light fawn grey leather for your bag and we have a selection of different colour 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 professional 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 stabilisers 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 or zipped 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.
Rebecca Jane is a true artisan she has worked for many designers, including Givenchy, Stuart Vevers, Luella, Robert Cary Williams and Paul Seville. Her experience of working in these different design houses gave her the insight into how to run a fashion label.
In 2008 Rebecca combined this knowledge with her passion for eco design and Rebecca-Jane own handbag range was born. The label was sold world wide in boutiques, departments stores and markets. Clocking up a staggering 5000 bags being sold and creating them all in-house at the RJ headquarters. Rebecca comes from a creative family, she has a broad knowledge of making and designing and specialises in handbag design.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
All materials below are provided by us:
• leather for body and handle
• all hardware
Finished bag dimensions:
Tote: L 34cm x H 38cm x W 7cm - Handle drop 20cm
Hobo: : L 34cm x H 34cm x W 10cm - 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 2 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.
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.
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
7 hours (10:30am to 5:30pm)
Please select available date:
Myself and friend decided not to waste time and money on christmas and birthday presents but would instead have experiences together. We are booked on the two day course with Rebecca in November but prior to that attended the shopping and leather trip to London. We had a fantastic day, we went round parts of London you would not normally see and gained fantastic experience in leather and trimmings. We would really recommend this and are looking forward to our making course.
I attended the Tote bag course and had a fantastic day, Rebecca is so welcoming and the studio is perfect, everything you need is to hand. Rebecca explained all about the different types of leather and various tools, then provided support & advice thro the whole experience. I would highly recommend this course as an introduction to bag making, everyone loves the bag I made, including me :)
I loved this course, I learnt so much and was very pleased to take home my finished product. Rebecca the teacher was fabulous she gave me the exactly the right amount of help and encouraged me to do things I had never done before. This course would suit a beginner or a more experienced leather worker as Rebecca always seemed to have something new to teach me.
I highly recommend it Thankyou
I did the tote bag course and can highly recommend. Bex is an amazing teacher and I learnt so much. She’s so patient and interesting. My bag has been very admired and looking forward to doing another course.
Had a brilliant day making a tote bag with Bex who was the most patient teacher. So well organised especially as it was only her second class since lockdown. We learnt so much that we are going to go back for another bag! Excellent value - Bex even stayed late so that we left with our bags totally completed thanks for an amazing day see you soon!
So enjoyed our Tote bag making day. So relaxed and well organised.
I’m so pleased with my bag, its not left my side.
This is a great course and I'd highly recommend this to anyone who fancies having a go with leather sewing. As I've only used a sewing machine a handful of times, Rebecca was very supportive, providing instructions and boosting your confidence along the way! Having attended in August 2020 where people have been very cautious of their activities and whereabouts but I felt very safe in the workshop with Rebecca. It's a great feeling at the end of the day, walking out of the workshop with a bag you have made! 100% recommend :)
A great day! This was my first course and I will definitely sign up for more. The day just flew by and it was good to know that help and advice was always on hand. I love my new bag .... Bex is a superb teacher.
I have made both the hobo and the shopping bag. The course and teaching was so good on the first course that I came back for another one. I can thoroughly recommend these courses. It is a lovely day crafting with a beautiful bag at the end of it.
We have taken a few courses with the lovely Bex and, as always had a fantastic day making the Hobo bag. Bex's studio has great lighting and is well equipped with plenty of work space and sewing machines.
Bex has been sponsored by Tysew and has several of their industrial sewing machines for student use. As it was our first time using industrial machines with walking feet, she spent time explaining how to use them and allowing us time to practice. We soon had the hang of it, and made the bags with no problem. Bex always uses top quality leather and hardware so the bags are stunning, I have had lots of comments about my lovely bag, my mum has bag envy!! .
Lunch was provided and it was really enjoyable to sit with the other students and have a natter. We travelled from north Kent (around 80 miles) but soon found another student had travelled further and was also a repeat student. Obviously shows what a great teacher Bex is! I'm a confident sewer but learnt a huge amount from Bex. I've booked again to make the backpack in March.
Great class. My friends were amazed at the quality of the tote bag. Fab teaching.
The one day leather tote making day with Rebecca was one of the best crafting days I have attended. I learnt to sew with leather using an industrial machine which was a first for me. Rebecca is a wonderful lady providing plenty of encouragement, supervision and precise instructions on the making of the tote. There was a friendly atmosphere with plenty of encouragement. End result - a beautiful navy tote bag. Thanks Rebecca for such a wonderful day.
I’ll be back.
This is a really enjoyable course and I had a great day! Rebecca is very knowlegable and patient, and I came away with a lovely tote bag plus plenty of information regarding buying leathers and equipment. I highly recommend this course if you are a complete beginner like myself, and I'll definitely book on to another course. Thanks Rebecca! :)
Rebecca is a lovely, passionate, creative professional lady. Her teaching and sewing skills are impeccable. I intend to attend future classes. Thank you
I absolutely loved this day - and I came away with a gorgeous bag. Still can’t believe I was able to make a leather bag that looked so professional!
Rebecca is lovely, and has lots of experience and knowledge that she is happy to pass on. Her studio has everything you need and is lovely, as is lunch.
Would highly recommend this course, really inspirational. I’m going to go back to make another bag soon.
Absolutely loved my Hobo leather bag making course on Saturday. Rebecca was wonderful, one of the best courses that I have ever done over the years. I will be back very soon to do the clutch bag. The end result was so professional for everyone on the course, I think we all left very proud and thats all down to Rebecca. Highly recommend.
I can’t thank you enough for yesterday, it was fabulous. You are such a kind, patient and generous teacher. I am absolutely thrilled with my bag and am making notes today, so I don’t forget any of it.
I can’t wait to do another one and what I am learning will improve my fabric bag making too.
Thank you again
I attended the 1 day leather hobo bag making course. It was a fantastic day, with brilliant tuition tailored to my needs. The quality of the leather supplied was excellent and i would definately attend a course with Rebecca-Jane again.
Excellent day, I learnt a lot about leather and enjoyed making a tool bag to go on a belt.
Rebecca’s teaching was really helpful and well delivered.