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Carry all/tote bag short course

Carry All/Tote Bag Short Course

About the Course

Come and make a machine sewn leather carry-all/tote bag, perfect for carrying your day to day essentials such as your makeup bag, purse, phone, books etc. There will be a small selection of coloured leathers to choose from. You will be shown how to use leather making tools and equipment safely and to machine sew leather.

The workshop is suitable for adults – beginners or improvers. You will be provided with an apron to wear during the day and will sew your bag on your own sewing machine.

You will work from a pre-made template.
You will be shown how to use an industrial sewing machine. Focusing on starting, sewing and ending your sewing neatly.
You will practice sewing before you start your bag.
You will choose your leather and cut the desired shape out using a template.
Sew your bag using an industrial sewing machine.
Have the option to add an internal pocket.
Class is appropriate for: Adults – beginners or improvers

Class size: 4 (maximum)

Deborette is a qualified teacher of Art and Design and Design Technology. She has 17+ years teaching experience in a secondary school environment. She began making leather goods around five years ago and started the brand B18 Leather, which she sells online and at events.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Materials: All materials are provided.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks, biscuits and lunch are available with this short course. We will take a 30 min or so break for lunch with food provided from either a local cafe, deli or pizza restaurant and regular comfort breaks. Please state dietary requirements when booking.

If you choose to make a day or weekend trip to the historic Jewellery Quarter, there are many bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from - not forgetting museums. I can guide you on where to eat, stay and visit.


Deborette at Deborette-Creative
Studio 1 Keyhill Drive
West Midlands
B18 5NY
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners

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In-person course
- - #28338

A great Christmas gift from my brother in law. My sister, my niece and I had a fantastic day last Sunday making leather tote bags. With so much choice of colours/styles of leather we were really spoilt for choice and took our time choosing our personal favourites. The day flew by as we cut out our pieces, glued, then sewed the bits together (having practiced our skills on the different sewing machines).

Deborette was a wonderful tutor, putting us all at ease and helping whenever and wherever needed, as well as providing plenty of drinks, biscuits and lunch. The finished products all looked very professional, and are all obviously unique. I know I would like to go back and make another one, and would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of taking part.

In-person course
- - #17816

I attended the making a tote bag. I had a wonderful day. There was a plenty of different types of leather to choose from. Deborette explained what to do, step by step, provided templates and adapted them as I wanted to slightly change the design. I can sew but haven't had experience on an industrial machine, Deborette answered all my questions and allowed us as much freedom to adapt the basic design as we wanted. There were only 4 of us so we had plenty of attention when we needed it. I would thoroughly recommend this course to my friends..and have! I have used my bag and had lots of compliments. I will definitely do another course with her. Great value for money and I left with a fab bag.

Response from Deborette-Creative:

I'm so pleased that you were happy with the day and it met your expectations. It was a pleasure having you and all the best with your leather journey. : )

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