In-person course
in Ilminster

Leather Work - Make a Bag



Learn how to make your own Shoulder or Tote Bag from stunning Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather. After an introduction to leather and its many types and uses, you will begin by cutting out the panels for your bag from a choice of either classic black or a contemporary natural shade of leather. You will learn how to attach the fittings and construct your bag using a traditional saddle-stitching technique. There will also be the opportunity to customise your creation with your name or initials (or someone else’s!) This course is ideal for those with an interest in crafting and/or leather, bags and accessories, traditional skills and sewing. Tutor Information Christina Charles has worked with Leather for nearly 20 years. She fell in love with the material whilst studying for a BA (Hons) Fashion at Winchester School of Art. Having specialised in Leather for her degree show, Christina went on to work for a number of luxury London fashion houses such as Catherine Walker and Jasper Conran in a product development capacity. After completing a research trip in 2009 that took Christina through the Middle East and Asia in search of Leather Artisans practicing in Syria, India and Nepal, she relocated from London to Somerset to take up the role of ‘Head of Design’ at the well-known tannery Pittards in Yeovil. In 2017 Christina set up her own practice and now splits her time between running her own contemporary leather goods label Hirsch & Kirsch, Sampling and Development for the fashion and accessories industry and teaching leather workshops from her studio in North East Somerset.

What's included in the price?

All tools / materials will be provided. Three course hot/cold buffet lunch, refreshments.


2 days (9:00am to 4:30am)

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available



Dillington House, , Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9DT

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Parking provided
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