Make your own leather clutch bag - PRIVATE CLASS - WEEKDAYS



Learn how to sew leather and make your own clutch bag - PRIVATE WEEKDAYS - REQUEST AVAILABILITY: Slots are available for 2, 3 or 5 hours on the same day; therefore, accordingly to the slot(s) booked, the course will be divided into 1 or 2 sessions. Slots are available from 4 weeks after purchasing the tuition. Please let us know your preference for the starting date and we will get back to you with our availability. Weekdays only. WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT: This is a five hour one-to-one lesson during which you will realise your own unique, personalised leather clutch bag and get to take it home with you. You will be taught the basic skills of working with leather and learn how to use specific tools for splitting, cutting, finishing and fastening fittings. The course has the aim of helping you gain confidence in sewing leather, understanding the major difference between various types of leather, working with tools and learning essential techniques to deal with tricky features of leather goods construction. You will create your own pattern and be able to personalise your item by choosing among a range of stylish details, such as: – Creating a surface design by using contrasting colours – Choosing your closure type – Choosing your clutch shape – Creating a painted detail with leather paint – Adding a simple pocket – Adding a simple wrist strap – Choosing your own leather – Choosing your own zip colour WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT? – Adapting patterns and understanding tricks to customise them to your specifications – Leather preparation, cutting, marking and finishing techniques – Understanding leather weight and features, choosing materials according to the specific look/feel you want to achieve – Learning major characteristics of different types of industrial sewing machines and exercise on them – To choose the right sewing machine for a specific type of material/project. – To use various machine feet, tools and equipment in your sewing. – To understand thread types and needle sizes. – To sew practical stitches, troubleshoot problems and learn general maintenance of the sewing machine. – To produce a range of seams and seam finishes. – To start and complete your own, customised, leather clutch bag! For those whom might already have some experience of the above, you may also be able to learn some of the below topics: – To sew and finish zips on leather. – To sew a dart and use fusing. – Different closure techniques, magnets, studs and pop buttons – Leather glues and finishing products – The use of reinforcements to back leather – Using leather stamps and knives WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS? This course is suitable for beginners, people with some basic experience of machine sewing, intermediate and advanced sewers. You should be able to use measurements and understand verbal and written English instructions.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included (value £20). On the day, you will be provided with useful handouts to take home with you, which contain: – A list of tools and materials used during the lesson(s), including a description of what they are and how they are used – A list of recommended suppliers for both leather and fittings (physically in London and online) – A glossary containing essential key words related to the topic of the lesson – A glossary containing information about leather types and characteristics


5 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


The London Leather Workshopis a design, prototyping and manufacturing studio founded by Italian designers and makers Sara Battiston and Melissa Bruscoli. With 20 years of experience in the fashion and accessory industry Sara and Melissa work with both local and international customers ranging from start-ups to established brands. Their studio is able to offer a range of services from design consultancy to product development and from prototyping to manufacturing of handbags, accessories and soft furnishings. Their practical classes will teach you the fundamental techniques of working with leather or vegan leather, how to sew these materials to a professional standard and how to create customised goods. The theoretical classes will provide you with the foundation for designing bags and accessories as well as insights and essential information about the industry.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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STUDIO 002-003 UNIT 7, HARRINGTON WAY, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR