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 drive with easy access via the M40. Banbury train station is a 25 -30 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.
I made a gorgeous top quality grey tote bag with Georgie's superb guidance a couple of weeks ago. Her calm, reassuring manner made for a relaxing, in the totally absorbed for 6 hours kind of way, day where I also met some amazing women. I love my bag and will definitely do another day. I can't recommend it enough for anyone who's 'crafty' enough to have a go at anything. I think both experienced sewers and beginners would both enjoy this day.
Anne Jury - - #19945
I really enjoyed the day Georgie is a relaxed and encouraging teacher. I have learnt a great deal and hope to do an other course again soon
Thank you Geogie
Mary Heathcote-Smith - - #19914
I really had a great day. Very good, sweet, kind person. I would not mind working with her again and again. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart 💟😘
Laila - - #19913
Had a really lovely and creative day. I'm not usually famed for my practical skills but Georgie gave me the confidence and expertise to complete all the stages necessary to produce a good quality bag from really high quality materials. Really enjoyed completing this with my daughter who made a beautiful bucket bag that she uses all the time. Love my tote bag which will accompany me on numerous trips. Hoping to repeat the experience and make a bucket bag next time.
Debbie Lait - - #19638
Response from Hands of Tym:Thank Debbie you were great and such a wonderful atmosphere with mother and daughter and old friends catching up! A great day with you all!
Fantastic course Georgie is an amazing tutor and I learned so much in just a day. I totally recommend this day for anyone who has an interest in working with leather.
Clare King - - #19598
Response from Hands of Tym:Thank you Clare! You did a fantastic job on your bag, I hope we will see you again on another course!
I had such a lovely time on this course. The choice of materials to make the bag from was fabulous, it was hard to choose, but I was very happy with my green/red combo. Georgie is a creative, knowledgeable and very kind and friendly teacher. It was quite hard work, learning to use the tools and machines, and Georgie was on hand to help us along and we had plenty of 1:1 attention from her. My bag is fabulous, I’ve been using it daily for work and have it on holiday with me now. I’ll be doing another course this year for sure! The course was held in a lovely workshop space, and we had delicious refreshments and lunch. Thank you Georgie 💚
Jane Rushby - - #19597
Response from Hands of Tym:Thank you! It was such a great day with you all :)
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.
Tila - - #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.
Jacque - - #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!
Sarah Bru - - #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!!
Kathy Taylor - - #15070
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