This is a theoretical and practical taster group tuition during which you will receive an overview on basic leather craft skills and techniques and realise your own leather item to take home with you. 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 used in the field. You will be able to choose your project between a selection of different types of goods such as passport holders, glasses cases, purses, card holders and more. You will be shown different types of leather and get to understand their main features. You will receive an introduction on how to mark, cut, edge finish, hand sew leather and use simple fastening hardware. You will receive relevant, useful and informative handouts as well as lists of leather and tool suppliers. – 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, cutting and punching leather – Learned how to saddle stitch leather and understood the different the tools and materials used in the technique – Understood and practiced leather craft techniques such as beveling and burnishing techniques – Realised you own small, simple leather item to take home with you WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS? This course is suitable for total beginners and beginners with some experience in leather crafts. 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. 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


6 hours

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.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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STUDIO 002-003 UNIT 7, HARRINGTON WAY, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR