In-person course

4 hour leather clutch bag taster course

Finished leather clutch with handle


This is a fabulous introduction to working with leather. The clutch bag is a perfect size for an Ipad or evening bag. It’s really versatile and a super handy size. On this course everything will be pre prepared for you so we will have cut all the leather, lining and stabilisers ready for you to be shown how to assemble it.

Key Skills learned in this course

How to score onto leather
How to use stabilisers
How to use different tools for cutting leather
How to insert a zip
How to make a tassel and attach it onto the hardware
How to polish leather
Sew leather on a domestic or industrial sewing machine
Professional bag making techniques

We have the option for Black, tan brown, dark green, navy, purple and light fawn grey leather for this clutch bag

The metal component choices are gold, silver or antique brass. During the checkout process please select which colour leather and component type you would like.

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 leather on industrial sewing machines

We have put in  place a selection of measures to ensure that we can all operate safely and continue to have a relaxing and enjoyable time in the sessions. 

* We have a large studio 6m x 6 m and 2.5m high ceilings , all students are spaced 2 m apart when working with a max of 4 students per class. 
* Every student has a set of their own tools to use which have been cleaned and sanitised. 
* Every student will have their own machine to work on.
* Demonstrations will be given to all students individually. 
* I will wear a mask in close concat teaching with you
* All students are to wear masks during the course. 
* The studio will be well ventilated. 

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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Included in your course:
• leather for front and back
• fabric lining
• 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 5 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.

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

On the day:
We will have a half an hour lunch break together so please bring lunch and snacks. Before Covid 19 I used to provide lunch and snacks but for now I have been advised for people to bring their own, which I am sad about as I loved providing this. Coffee / tea will also be provided but if you would rather bring your own then, of course, are more than welcome.

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.


Rebecca Eaton at RJ Leather Sewing School
Unit 7, Suite1, 44 Chartwell Road, Lancing Business Centre
West Sussex
BN15 8UE

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
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- - #25653

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

In-person course
- - #23128

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

In-person course
- - #20233

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

In-person course
- - #18802

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

In-person course
- - #18623

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.

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