Leathercraft course - Make a handmade Xmas gift - Morning session



Are you looking for a handmade Christmas idea and a learning experience at the same time? This is practical small group day course during which you will create a customised, handmade leather gift item to present to your loved one as a unique Christmas present. There will be a max of 4 students. You will receive instruction on how to mark, cut and edge finish veg tanned leather and use simple fastening hardware. You will create and customise your leather item, choosing between a selection of different types of goods such as small clutches, purses, card holders and more. You will be able to deboss the initials of the lucky recipient, making your handmade leather Christmas present very special! The class will take place in our London workshop, where you will be able to see how a leather craft studio is equipped and receive practical demonstrations of common working methods related to the topic. At the end of the tuition you will have: – Gained an understanding of leather types and tanning methods – Been instructed on the use of common fastenings and closure techniques – Received an overview on the correct use of tools for preparing, marking, debossing, cutting and punching leather – Understood and practised beveling and burnishing techniques – Realised a simple, unique, handmade leather gift to take home with you. WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS? This course is suitable for all levels and no previous experience is required. You should be able to use measurements and understand verbal and written English instructions.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included. Feel free to bring a notepad if you would like to take some notes. We will take some pictures while the students realise their leather items. The pictures will be sent to each student the day after the course and you will be free to use them as you wish and maybe to make a lovely, complementary Christmas card 😀 You will be provided with useful handouts which contain: – A list of recommended suppliers for both leather and fittings (physically in London and online) – A glossary containing information about leather types and characteristics


4 hours (10:00am to 2:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 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.


TB-111, UNIT 8, HARRINGTON WAY, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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