One Day Leather Bag Making Workshop



Suitable for beginners or for people with some experience, on this one day course you have a choice of four different designs to make (satchel, backpack, saddle bag or curve bag). 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 edge finishing. Following this everyone will make one unlined leather bag. You will work from a prepared patterns, there is a choice of designs (you can see examples of these in the images) and you can choose from our range of leathers 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. There will be a maximum of 4 people on a workshop, so groups are kept small, with plenty of help available. Course runs from 9.30am – 5pm with a break for lunch. An individual packed lunch from our local tea rooms and tea and coffee included in the price. All leather and fittings are included in the price. Things you will learn in this one day workshop: Cutting out leather Hand Saddle Stitching Constructing a 3 dimensional bag Cutting and making a strap Riveting Finish edges (burnishing) Attaching a buckle 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.

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.


1 day

Cancellation policy

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


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Suitable for

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