Bag Making Traditional Leather Workshop ( Tote bag / Side bag)



Our bag making workshop will take you through the steps of making a tote bag or side 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 on vegetable tanned leather.

With a maximum of 1- 3 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: 10:00 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 London


7 chiltern Stree
7 Chiltern Street
Greater London

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


8 hours (10:00am to 6:00pm)

Gold Badge
What does this mean?

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.


In-person course
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...!

In-person course
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

In-person course
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!

In-person course
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!!

In-person course
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!!

In-person course
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

In-person course
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!

In-person course
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! :)

In-person course
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!

In-person course
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!

In-person course
Luigi Vincenzo - - #26412

Perfection is standard with Kingsley.

In-person course
Brit - - #26405

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

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