'Bag in a Day' Practical Leather Course - Rucksack/ Backpack

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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 a 'Turned seam' Leather backpack with drawstring and flap closure. It will have raw edge straps with buckles to adjust and one flat pocket.

The dimensions of the bag are 250mm x 310mm x 200mm.
The bag is fully lined and 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 3-4

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?

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.


Georgie Tym at Hands of Tym

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Addison Road
OX16 9DH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:45am to 5:45pm)

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Amanda Miles - - #38609

Such fun and a brilliant outcome. So proud of my bag. Many thanks Georgie.

Response from Hands of Tym:

Thanks Amanda, it was so great to meet you and your bag was wonderful!

Marie Idziaczek - - #37052

I have never received such a wonderful gift as this. Make a bag in a day. I spent a full day in George's purpose built workshop. There were so many leathers to choose from which ensures every bag is unique. Using a variety of tools, machinery and techniques. George is a friendly, experienced and knowledgeable tutor. Definitely will return another time.

Kirsty Lockwood - - #37004

This course was a gift to me and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Georgie was a fabulous host, constantly thinking of us and our learning and enjoyment. It was so professionally run yet very relaxed, non-judgemental. I am hugely proud of the bag I made. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others, in fact I already have!

Sue Thompson - - #33866

I’ve tried several crafts and usually my initial effort is consigned to a “could do better” drawer and never seen again: but not this time. I am amazed at the quality of the bag I made, and everyone who has seen it has been pretty impressed, (maybe a few too many incredulous “you made that??” comments).
Georgie is an excellent tutor with so much expertise and endless patience, and she made the day so relaxed and so much fun. I would highly recommend – I am going back to make another!

Laura - - #32421

The build a bag course was one of the best things I have done all year. It was so cool choosing the colour combinations and using the expert machinery and tools. Georgie was warm and friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed and laid back. I was amazed how much we achieved in just one day. People always comment on my beautiful backpack. Next I’m going to do the make a wallet in a day course. I thoroughly recommend these unique and special courses.

Response from Hands of Tym:

Thanks Laura it was great to have you and your bag is amazing!!

Alexander MacLellan - - #32413

I did this course back in December in time to make a bag for my wife for Christmas and it was brilliant! Under Georgie's expert tutelage I was able to make something that will last my wife a lifetime, I was also able to choose different colours and types of leather. My other half is thrilled with it and at first she didn't believe me when I said I'd made it. I can't recommend this course enough. It was a lovely atmosphere to learn a new skill in as well.

Response from Hands of Tym:

Thanks Alex and I am so happy to hear she loved it!

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