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Leather backpack workshop


About the Course

This course is suitable for beginners but is also a great follow up for students who have already attended one of our shorter courses.
The course will begin with students learning the basic leather skills (or refreshing your memory of them) by firstly learning and practicing how to hand stitch leather. You will learn marking out, choosing appropriate leather, hand saddle stitching and raw edge finishing.

Following this everyone will make one small unlined leather backpack each. You will work from a prepared pattern so everyone's bags will be the same size and shape, however you can choose from our leather to have your own bespoke colour combinations and make small alterations such as changing stitch colour, choosing the buckles, etc. so your finished bag will be unique to you.

Course runs from 10am– 5pm. Complimentary tea and coffee and a light lunch are included in the price.

All leather courses are run from our spacious purpose built workshop. Group courses have a maximum of 4 students so each person receives plenty of individual tuition. All courses are run by Sarah Williams, who has experience of working in the leather goods industry as a designer and sample maker and now runs small leather goods label Williams Handmade as well as teaching leather skills in Universities. All courses are designed so that you can take away your new skills and continue to make more leather goods at home. Sarah aims to make all courses both informative and enjoyable in a relaxed, friendly and productive atmosphere.

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?

All leather and fittings are included.

Complimentary tea and coffee and a light lunch are included in the price.


Sarah Williams at Williams Handmade
Appledore Cottage
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday

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1 day (10:00am to 5:00pm)

Next available date

16th January 2021


In-person course
- - #8334

This is an excellent workshop - both fun and informative. Sarah is encouraging and nothing is too much trouble. She guides you through the process every step of the way in her beautiful studio and just seeing the work she produces and the wonderful coloured leather is inspiring. I came away with a fantastic two coloured business card case which has been well used and gathered many compliments.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone whatever your ability - you will have fun in beautiful surroundings whilst gaining a new skill from an amazing practitioner

In-person course
- - #7557

I attended the two taster leather course and would give it a 10 out of 10! Sarah was really patient and taught us at the right pace for everyone. I couldn't think of anyway in which this course could be improved. I had a wonderful morning and feel like I have found my "thing". Thank You!

In-person course
- - #7546

I did a dog collar and lead course with 2 friends as a birthday treat for them both. It was during art week. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to do more of Sarah's courses in the future.

In-person course
- - #7538

I had a wonderful time learning a new skill in the old school workshop, Sarah explained everything slowly and in an easy to understand manner which mean't that it was easy to retain.
The building was a beautiful old school with a modern clean airy feel and lots of space.
I would recommend the course and Sarah as a tutor to anyone wishing to pick a new skill in leather-work.
Also a big plus is, i came away with a nice hand made coin holder.

Thank you Sarah great course..

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