Make a leather tote bag - PRIVATE CLASS - WEEKDAYS



REQUEST AVAILABILITY: This course is divided into two sessions of 4 hours. 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. For weekend sessions, please get in touch before booking. WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT? This is a one to one course during which you will realise your own unique, personalised, fully lined leather tote 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 from a range of stylish details such as: – Creating a surface design by using contrasting colours (optional) – Choosing your closure type – Choosing your tote bag shape – Creating a painted detail with leather paint (optional) – Adding a simple pocket – Choosing your own handles/straps features – Choosing your lining colour WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT? – 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. – Adapting patterns and understanding tricks to customise them to your specifications. – To start and complete your own, customised, leather tote bag! For those who might already have some experience of the above, you may also be able to learn some of the skills below: – 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. – Learning how to cut and sew different types of straps and handles. Depending on the nature of the feature of your own project, your previous experience and your personal skills, you might not be able to learn all of the above. WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS? This course is suitable for people with basic experience in machine sewing, and 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 £30) 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 keywords related to the topic of the lesson – A glossary containing information about leather types and characteristics


8 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
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
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STUDIO 002-003 UNIT 7, HARRINGTON WAY, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR