One day Bag making traditional leather workshop (tote bag / side bag)



About Workshop

Our bag making workshop will take you through the steps of making a tote bag or a cross-body bag from start to finish. This workshop will provide you with the core skills to making a leather bag and the foundations for progressing to more advanced pieces.

In this practical leather workshop, you will learn how to make your bag of choice using traditional handcrafting techniques with vegetable tanned leather.

With a maximum of 1-4 students per course, everyone receives attentive tuition.

A set of tools is provided along with a range of leathers, metal fittings and other materials needed. Patterns and workshop notes are provided for this specialist workshop, as well as a suppliers’ list for those wishing to continue to develop their range after the workshop.

The workshop aims to cover:
-Becoming competent at using many of the leather worker’s hand tools.
-Learning how to saddle stitch with the aid of a saddler’s clam.
-Understanding the process of preparing the leather for hand stitching.
-Gaining a thorough understanding of the qualities and sections of the leather.
-Mastering the technique of preparing a thread.
-Learning to work from a paper pattern onto leather.
-Maintenance and care of leather.
-Developing a professional edge finishing technique.
-Fitting and securing metal hardware.
-Maintenance of saddlery tools.

Running times: 11:00 AM – 18:00 PM.

Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.

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?

-The workshop fees cover leather and basic materials. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you wish, but please consult with me prior to ensure that we have the right equipment for the task. Saddlery tools are provided for students to use.




Kingsley Walters at Kingsley Walters Studio

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Morley House
26 Holborn Viaduct
Greater London

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday


7 hours (11:00am to 6:00pm)

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This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 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.


Chris - - #39020

What a nice man and met some lovely people.
Had a lovely experience and will be visiting again, thank you Kingsley

Lee Rooney - - #38797

Had a great time learning from Kingsley. Great teacher, great level of knowledge and experience. I would highly recommend anyone to book and learn from Kingsley. Also impressed with his follow up with links to where we could purchase our own tools and material.

Charlotte B - - #37132

I had a great time on the one day bag making workshop. Kingsley is an amazing teacher and explains everything really clearly. It was lovely to spend the day learning something new in a relaxed environment and I was so pleased with the bag that I made. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone thinking about it!

Kerry Boyce - - #35255

What an awesome course and a fabulous instructor! Kingsley gave lots of instruction and was happy to step in when needed. The quality of leather and tools available to use was excellent and Kingsley was happy for us to personalise the design. I made a fabulous bag that I will use everyday, and something I would of definitely bought in a shop. I would highly recommend, a very enjoyable day.

Graham Harris - - #34923

As like the small goods workshop, this bag making workshop was absolutely awesome!
Kingsley has great knowledge, he's a good teacher & very patience.
I managed to make an awesome black tote, that came out great!
Very much worth doing if you have any interest in leather work. Well worth it!

Ed O’Mahony - - #34898

I did the course on Saturday, I must say I really enjoyed it.
Firstly Kingsley is an incredible craftsman himself. His work is really stunning,clean lined and beautifully made.
He gives simple clear instructions and then let’s you get on with it, so you actually make yourself.
The inevitable mistakes are calmly rectified and explained.
I ended up with a great looking usable bag to take home. Super nice fella.

David - - #34599

Kingsley is a knowledgeable and easy going teacher explaining every step of the bag making process in a very relaxed way.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and will be booking another course with Kingsley very soon.
If you have never done anything like this before give it a go you will not be disappointed.

rana S - - #34516

Absolutely amazing course. The tutoring given by Kingsley is so simple and doable steps. I recommend this course highly .

I finished the day with a beautiful messenger bag …
Thank you Kingsley and would love to take more courses with you …

Adam - - #31626

I thoroughly enjoyed my one day workshop with Kingsley! He took me through all the skills needed to produce my bag, encouraged me to think creatively and gave me so much useful information. Not only do I feel like I learnt a lot, it was great fun too. Now to start a few simple projects by myself...!

Paul langford - - #30029

Just completed the one day bag course and have to say it's one of the best crafting type courses I have done. Kingsley is a great teacher and does an amazing job relaying information and taking you through the process step by step from beginning to end.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone interested in leather craft.
10 out of 10

Andrew Milward - - #30009

Best course I have ever done. Kingsley is an amazing teacher with an incredibly laid back and approachable attitude. Learnt so much doing his course and had a great time, I was even blown away by the final product!

Couldn't recommend this more to anyone wanting to do a weekend course where you learn a new skill and make something to keep. So rewarding, amazing teacher and such a great way to keep a traditional craft alive!

Lauren - - #29405

Kingsley was absolutely amazing. Considering I have been to uni and studied design, I have never understood instructions so easily! He has such a great way of teaching, so easy to understand, and he’s great fun- he makes you feel so at ease and comfortable. I can’t wait to come back and make more pieces!

Thank you for everything Kingsley, I will be using everything you taught me!!

Louis Mayes - - #29354

This was a fantastic workshop- having known nothing when I arrived I walked away with a beautiful leather bag as well as the knowledge of the necessary skills of how to make it again.

Kingsley is a great teacher and was patient when I wasn't sure what to do. What is better is that he encourages you to develop your own idea of what the product could be so you are more involved with the piece, rather than just making a generic bag that is the same as all the others. The workshop was only me and one other. Thank you!!

Steve Savage - - #28202

What a fantastic day! Kingsley was an excellent, patient, knowledgeable tutor, who felt more like a friend. He was eager to share his passion and tips. I learnt so much and came away buzzing with ideas for my next project. If you are looking for a really enjoyable course where you will learn so much, look no further.
Thank you so much Kingsley. I'll be back!!!
Steve Savage

Hollie Ward - - #28127

Kingsley was incredibly informative, adaptable, patient and fun. He was insightful and helpful with all of my questions and thoroughly explained what we were doing and what it would achieve. I found him very supportive as a teacher which was helpful when learning so many new skills and was happy to share all of his knowledge.

The workshop taught me a lot more than I expected in regards to working with leather and I would happily recommend anyone interested in learning more and experiencing leather work to do so from Kingsley. It was a pleasure!

Samantha - - #27967

Kingsley was an amazing workshop facilitator! I wasn't very confident and a bit shy at first but Kingsley was very reassuring and provided a friendly and relaxed environment. I was so pleased with my bag, I surprised myself with skills I never knew I had! Thanks Kingsley! :)

Maria Sobral - - #27301

You will find in Kingsley a patient, knowledgeable and lovely tutor while crafting your own bag. Generous, he can provide many craft tricks you could learn as well, if you work already in your own craft, along with great conversation and a nice cup of tea! I am in love with my bag!

Lara - - #27297

Kingsley provides a high level of knowledge and opportunity to explore and create a piece full of character and the beginning of a story for you, the materials are high quality too. The only problem want to do more!!!
I am already thinking about the next bag I want to do!

Luigi Vincenzo - - #26412

Perfection is standard with Kingsley.

Brit - - #26405

Such a knowledge lovely man! Had such a great time learning from him!

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