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Leather satchel course


About the Course

This Leather Satchel Course will teach you how to prepare, make and hand stitch a vegetable tanned, leather satchel in just two days! Similar in style to the traditional school satchel you’ll make a lightweight leather bag which is designed to carry your tablet as well as other essentials.

You will be working from a choice of pre-prepared patterns including a rucksack and while you are here, you will learn how to cut leather, prepare, assemble and hand stitch together your satchel with traditional, waxed linen thread. You will also cut and fit billets, adjustable straps, an exterior pocket and learn how to create beautifully finished cut-edged seams.

With the support of two professional tutors, a small group of just six students and all the encouragement you’ll need, you will not only leave the course with your two-tone leather satchel fully completed, you will also leave with an enormous sense of achievement!

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?

There are no hidden extras! All leather and attachments required to make your leather satchel are included in the course fee. Two full days of professional leatherwork tuition with course notes and plenty of help and advice in sourcing leather and materials for you to continue leatherwork at home. A spacious work area is allocated to each student along with their own set of tools to use while they’re here. A plentiful supply of tea, coffee and afternoon cakes are provided too, so all you’ll need to bring along is yourself and a packed lunch.

To ensure that everyone gets individual attention we have two tutors providing tuition to small groups of 6 only. Please contact us for suitability and more information.


Gaynor Davies-Howell at GDH Leatherwork
The Old Chapel
SA66 7HX
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mothers Day
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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- - #5850

Another brilliantly enjoyable course from Gaynor and her team. The workshop is well set out giving each person plenty of space to work with all the tools they need immediately to hand. The tuition is clear and responsive to the level and skill of each person. As always good humour is in plentiful supply too! I thoroughly recommend anyone thinking about doing a course - just go ahead and book! You will have a great time and produce something beautiful to be proud of. Thank you gals!

In-person course
- - #5609

Fabulous weekend with a fabulous handbag at the end! What's not to like?
I thought the whole course very instructive and has fired no end of enthusiasm for future projects.
I've bought some books already and planning a trip to the Balls Pond Road to suss out leather.
Many thanks to Gaynor, Elizabeth and Sian for being brilliant teachers and steering me,
particularly, through some HANDBAGGY panics!
Also loved your part of Wales-I'd never been before, and the accommodation at Plas Farmhouse
was lovely.
Hoping to see you all again in the future,
Regards Alison Clark

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- - #5585

Best course I have ever done and it got my imagination rocketing! My lovely satchel has already had lots of admirers and I will be booking another course next year. It was all extremely well explained and demonstrated too. I was also impressed with the accommodation which was recommended on the leather site and my only regret is that i didn't allow myself a spare day or two to see the local vacinity more as the area was stunning. Thank you Gaynor, Elizabeth and Sian for making everything so perfect.

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