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'Bag in a Day' Practical Leather Course

Duration: One Day 10am – 4.30pm

Price: £145

Run by: Georgie Tym
at Hands of Tym


West Street
OX16 3HD

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About the Course

Make a Bag in a Day - Craft it Yourself!

This course is ideal for all, from beginners to confident makers. You will learn the basics of leather craft for accessories and be introduced to techniques including machine stitching on leather, hand finishing and hand cutting. You will also be working with the full spectrum of leather types from soft leathers and suedes to a hard sturdy veg tanned leather. This is a perfect introductory course to start your journey into Leatherwork and bag making as you will experience the wide variety of tasks involved in the work. In order to complete your bag in a day we will use part pre-prepared components and the bag will be made from a ‘Hands of Tym’ pattern but do not fear there is still plenty of work for you to do.

During the day you will be directed by your tutor Leathersmith and London College of Fashion Lecturer Georgie Tym to make one of the following bags depending on the course you book.
1.) A fully lined ‘Turned Seam’ ‘T-Base’ mini Leather bucket bag with raw edge strap £145.
2.) A fully lined 'Turned seam' 'W Base' Medium Leather Tote bag with raw edge straps. There will be one small pocket inside attached to the lining £195
3.) 'Turned seam' Leather backpack with round base drawstring and flap closure. It will have a raw edge strap with buckles to adjust and one flat pocket. £280

The dimensions of the mini bucket bag are 185mm x 190mm x 110mm, 300mm x 320mm x 160mm the tote bag, and the backpack 250mm x 310mm x 200mm. It will be the same construction as the bag in the photos - please contact for more info or view online

Parking available on the road outside with easy access via the M40. Banbury train station is a 8-10 min walk. Trains run from both London Marylebone and Birmingham to Banbury in 50mins. Also well connected to Reading, Oxford, Leamington Spa to name a few.

Maximum class size is 4

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?

There are NO ADDITIONAL costs. All leather, hardware and other materials will be included. There will be a selection of leather and hardware colours for you to choose from.

There will be lunch served at midday and tea/ coffee breaks throughout.

Want to review this course?

I had a brilliant time making a bag. I didn’t know I could produce such a professional product without previous experience. The instructor was very clear and helpful, yet there was plenty of room to personalise my bag. The day just flowed very naturally and easily yet it was packed full of creative information about the trade. I highly recommend it. Beautiful experience all together.

- - #15310

I did this course last year and absolutely loves it. A few of my friends have done it since and loved it too. Georgie helped me make such a lovely bag. I love it more and more everyday as it improves with age. Thoroughly recommended this course. The food was great and the venue lovely! You will not be disappointed.

- - #15077

I did this course a few months ago and I absolutely loved it. Georgie's guidance is warm and accurate and takes you through all the steps to make your bag. You are given plenty of room to apply your creativity and personality which I really enjoyed. I more than recommend this course if you want to learn about leather and would do it again without hesitation. Thank you Georgie!

- - #15076

An excellent day’s course with a superb result. I loved the mini bucket bag day workshop that I’ve also done the tote bag in a day!
Georgie makes sure you succeed regardless of experience from basic cutting out through design of “extras” to finishing.
Absolutely loved it!!

- - #15070

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 26th January 2019
Monday 4th March 2019
Monday 25th March 2019
Monday 20th May 2019
Monday 10th June 2019
Monday 15th July 2019
Saturday 5th October 2019
Monday 7th October 2019
Monday 11th November 2019
Monday 2nd December 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly

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