Make a small leather bag

An example of the type of bag you could make on the course. The one we make will be smaller.


Join me and learn how to saddle stitch and make a bag in a beautiful rural location with lovely home cooked food prepared by my in house chef, and you get to meet fellow enthusiasts?

Saddle stitch is a traditional way of hand sewing leather. Executed properly it is beautiful to see. During this course you will saddle stitch and make a small cross body style bag. The bag will be unlined. The course is aimed at beginners and those with more experience are also welcome.

During the course you will learn some simple leatherwork techniques that can easily be applied to other projects. The bag will be similar in style to those in the course pictures, just a little smaller to enable us to complete everything in two days. The closure will also be a different style. Don’t panic if saddle stitch does not agree with you - other stitches are available.

This course is aimed at beginners and those with more experience are welcome.

We introduce you to leather and to the saddle stitch technique. You will have the opportunity to practice saddle stitch before starting your projects.
The types of leather available and the tanning process
What to look for when purchasing leather
How to create simple patterns for bags and how to take the thickness of the leather into consideration.
How to prepare your leather.
How to transfer your design.
How to cut your leather and check your pattern.
How to mark and prepare your leather for saddle stitch.
How to insert your hardware
How to finish your design after your stitching is completed.
You will receive a set of course notes to accompany the day.

There will be a couple of designs available on the day. We will be able to make some small adjustments to the pattern, mostly in terms of size and hardware, as the focus of the two days is stitching.

The materials are included in the course fee. Elizabeth will be in touch after purchase to ask a few questions to help her ensure she tailors the day to cover your questions and what you would like to learn.

By the end of the day you will leave with your finished bag, knowing how you can apply your new knowledge to your own designs in the future.

You will need to have a few breaks during the day and to stand up and move about. The timing and length of the breaks can be tweaked so we can carry on stitching.

The timings of the day:
9.15am Arrival, introductions and refreshments
9.30am Class starts - First session
11am Coffee break tea and homemade freshly roasted coffee homemade truffles with chocolates (we have to keep your energy levels up).
11.15am Second session
1pm Lunch - buffet choice of smoked salmon & hams/charcuterie and salads (no iceberg in sight)
1.30pm Third session
3.30pm Afternoon tea with brownies and cookies
3.45pm Final sewing session of the day and finishing
5pm Finish and farewell

All refreshments are included in the course fee.

Please note the suggested menu may change slightly depending on seasonality, allergies and dietary preferences. Please let Elizabeth know when she contacts you after purchase.

Do you need to bring anything?
Just bring yourself.
Wear old clothes and proper shoes that cover your toes as we will be working with tools.

Classes will be following COVID guidance and track and trace. In the event that we have a full lockdown a full refund will be provided.

Please make sure you have read the terms and conditions prior to booking your course.

The address for the course venue is as follows (please note the address is different from my contact address):
The Stalls,
Dovehouse Farm Barns,
HP17 8LY

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All food and refreshments
All materials
A set of course notes


Elizabeth Bond at The Smart Stitcher


22 Haddenham Road
HP17 8LS

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


7¾ hours (9:15am to 5:00pm)

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