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3.5 hour Leather Clutch Bag taster course

Finished leather clutch with handle

Duration: Half day

Price: £60

Contact: Rebecca Eaton at RJ Leather Sewing School

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

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

Our short courses are a lovely way to try your hand at bag making using a machine. When you arrive, there’ll be a paper bag full of goodies waiting for you with all the components for your clutch bag, all cut and ready to be assembled.
No need to bring anything but your lovely selves and a camera for pics.

This course runs from 10.30am-2:30pm (including ½ hour lunch) or 1.30pm-5pm.

You have the choice of either black or tan brown leather for your clutch bag and you can choose gold, silver or antique brass metal components to complete your design. Simply leave a note during the check-out process to let us know which leather you would like to use.

Key skills learned on this course:
• How to prep leather & fabric lining
• How to attach a seam in leather
• How to assemble a zipped clutch
• How to make a tassel and secure into a metal tassel holder
• How to sew & attach a leather wrist handle with a rivet
• How to machine sew with leather

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. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Included in your course kit:
• leather for front and back
• fabric lining
• patch pocket
• fusing
• zip
• leather wrist handle, prepped, rivet
• tassel & tassel holder

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 and 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.

Want to review this course?

Loved making my clutch bag and it turned out fabulous thanks to Rebecca and her great teaching and advice. It was all very interesting and has given me another craft to research. I will certainly be coming back for more.x

- - #25653

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the course. We had expert tutition and we were very pleased with the end product. Thank you.

- - #23128

I had a fabulous time making my clutch bag and have now booked to go back and make a tote bag - very addictive!

- - #20233

Really really enjoyed it and have a fabulous bag at the end x would love to do another course x

- - #18802

Fantastic experience. Great tuition and well planned course, everyone left with a fantastic bag that they had made. Even better was the opportunity to purchase the bag pattern to take home and make more.

Would recommend to anyone.

- - #18623

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