This one day course is designed to introduce the beginner to leathercraft by learning how to make a handmade leather belt. The course is hands on from the start, you will learn about cutting, marking, stamping, hand stitching and finishing the leather so that you go home with a belt that you have made yourself totally by hand. The day is quite 'full-on' but I hope it will be an enjoyable and rewarding day too. My workshop is in a Heritage Craft Centre in rural Hertfordshire. The day will start promptly at 9am with the aim to finish by 5pm. A maximum of three students per class. You will be able to chose from Brown or Black belt leather for your belt strap, the width of strap (30 or 35mm) and a suitably sized solid brass or silver coloured alloy buckle. There will also be options for thread colours. Most of the straps will be long enough to make a belt up to a maximum belt size of 45 inches, PLEASE NOTE this maximum size is based on my Gizzi Leather Sizing Guide - please email me for a copy of this guide if you are making the belt as a gift for somebody else. After an introduction and safety briefing, the day will be broken into 4 stages; • introduction to the tools and some practice, • working on your belt blank, • putting it all together • sizing and finishing your belt. Hopefully there will be time for questions and answers before you leave. Please remember to wear sturdy closed toe footwear. Safety in the workshop is paramount. You will be shown the correct use of the tools, some of which are very sharp. There is a warning system for dangerous practices during the day, anyone who risks injury to themselves or others will be given a warning, if they continue to be a hazard they will asked to leave - if this happens there will be no refunds.

What's included in the price?

Use of a full set of tools, an apron and the materials for making one belt are included. Tea & Coffee are also included (biscuits too, if they haven't been eaten) - you will need to bring a packed lunch as the Craft Centre is a drive away from the nearest facilities.


8 hours (9:00am to 5:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


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Gizzi Leather

with Craft Courses since 2022

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • UK Holiday
  • Christmas
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Easter
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Mother's Day
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Unit 2, Barn 1, Grandey's Place, Warren Park Heritage & Craft Centre, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, SG10 6FF