Make a leather handled tote bag: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Penrith and Ullswater



The Tote is a timeless bag that looks smart and elegant, whilst being simple to make. It’s perfect for beginners as it has no fiddly closures or curves, but will introduce you to some basic bag making techniques including how to sew a zipped pocket into the lining. You will receive full written instructions and a pattern to take away with you along with free entry to the closed Facebook Stitch-a-long Group, where you will find further tips and tricks, video tutorials, a bonus pattern for adding a recessed zip top and lots of help and inspiration.

The bag features a roomy interior, reinforced base with optional bag feet, leather handles and optional matching buckle. You will need to bring half a metre of an outer fabric (tweed, upholstery weight, canvas) and half a metre of a lining fabric (quilt weight cotton, lawn) but if your fabric requires pattern matching it would be sensible to bring a metre if you can. We will provide everything else, including interfacing, interlining, leather handles etc.

You will also need your regular domestic sewing machine (which you should be confident in threading and using to a basic level) scissors, pins and matching thread. Please bring a zipper foot for your machine if you have one and quilters clips if you own them. Don’t worry if not, pins will be fine.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Lots of fun and laughter plus some fabulous bag making 'know how' - please bring your own machine and Emma will provide all detailed below for each course . You will need to choose your fabric, though Emma will help you choose something really special. Leather handles and zips are charged at cost - see below for details. Please note there will be a materials charge of £20 payable directly to the tutor on the day.

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served at your desk or outside in the Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.

We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.


Annie Swarbrick at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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Greystoke Craft Garden
CA11 0UT

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:30am to 4:00pm)

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