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 bag -
A fully lined ‘Turned Seam’ ‘T-Base’ mini Leather bucket bag with raw edge strap.
The dimensions of the mini bucket bag are 185mm x 190mm x 110mm.
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 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
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
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.
1 day (9:45am to 4:30pm)
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
1 day (9:45am to 4:30pm)
Spent a day with Georgie to make the tote bag. It was a wonderful day, great facilities and excellent teaching, I learnt new skills and walked away with a professional result that is so worth using and showing off. I would definitely recommend.
Response from Hands of Tym:Thanks Julia, it was great to welcome you to the workshop and your bag is gorgeous! Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Georgie
I had a great day at the workshop with Georgie. Never in a million years did I think I could create something good enough to be in a designer handbag shop but I did! My bag is stunning and everything was explained perfectly from start to finish! It was such a lovely, relaxed day with lots of giggles and a brilliant finished product. The food was fab too!! Would love to come back again!
Response from Hands of Tym:Thanks Liz you and Lucy were amazing company in the workshop. Enjoy your gorgeous bucket bags and I hope to see you on another in the future
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Georgie for the day. She is very knowledgeable in her craft and imparts this knowledge along with instructions in a clear and unrushed manner so that every stage is easy to follow and enjoyable. The workshop venue is well equipped with everything you need prepared and accessible and lunch was just delicious. I can highly recommend the bag in a day course and am thrilled with my lovely bag. Thank you Georgie!
Response from Hands of Tym:Hi Carole, I loved having you and Lorraine in the workshop and congrats on your gorgeous bag - the colours were just perfect!
This was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative workshop.I enjoyed it very much and learnt the skill of making a beautiful leather bag. Georgie was patient and encouraging and guided me through every step. The bag will be cherished forever!
I went on this course with my mum, and we absolutely loved it!! I am soo pleased with my bag! The course was great - Georgie was a great tutor and the day felt so relaxed! I have had so many compliments on my bag already!! We hope to come back to do another course soon! Thanks Georgie x
Response from Hands of Tym:Hi Briony, thanks very much for the lovely review, your bags were gorgeous. You and your mum were the perfect workshop guests and I would love to have you back anytime. Xxx
I made a small bucket bag in a day!! It was such fun. I went with my sister and a friend a couple of weeks before lockdown. Georgie was brilliant at explaining and demonstrating all the processes and skills needed, step by step. She was consistently positive with both patience and understanding, even when I went beyond the end time. The biggest decide I had t make was which colour leather to choose!
Georgie provided an excellent lunch , drinks and cake So there was no preparation needed for us.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone.
Response from Hands of Tym:Thank you Sheila it was so lovely having you all!
Georgie is the best! Highly recommend this course. I've done two others too and they're all excellent 🙂
Response from Hands of Tym:Thank you!
Fantastic day making a bucket bag. Georgie was such a good teacher, very kind and patient. She explained everything very clearly. I love my bag and I've had many compliments. Would certainly recommend any course that Georgie runs.
Response from Hands of Tym:Thank you Mary and well done for your gorgeous bag 😍😍 I hope to see you on another one day!
Georgie was amazingly helpful, kind and patient. The bag is lovely, and I'm so glad I took the course! I would love to again!
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.
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
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 💟😘
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.
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.
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 💚
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.
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.
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!
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!!