One day leather bag making workshop

Waxed cotton and black leather tote bag


Come along and make a complete leather bag in one day!
On the course you will learn about different types of leather and how to select the right type for the right type of bag. Choose from either a tote bag or fold over clutch bag design. You will also learn how to insert a lining, create an internal, zipped pocket as well as how to make and attach handles. 

If time allows, you may also emboss your initials onto the bag for that personal touch! Please contact me when booking to discuss your requirements. If you have a leather garment or jacket you would like to upcycle then let me know. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day,

Maximum 2 people at my Surrey studio

As my classes are very small I can usually be pretty flexible with dates so please get in touch. Discounts are offered for two people booking together.

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 tools and materials, tea & coffee and light refreshments are provided, with a range of colours to choose from.

There is a cafe next door for lunch or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch if you prefer.

1 person: £150, 2 people: £290


Rosanna Gethin at Rosanna Clare

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6 Smithbrook Kilns
Cranleigh, Guildford

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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Katherine - - #38957

My sister and I had a fantastic day spending time together and making our bags with Rosanna. We both came away with beautiful leather bags. Rosanna helped us create just what we both wanted and gave us as much help as we needed at every stage - my bag has attracted lots of compliments and no-one can believe I made it myself (and tbh nor can I!)

Response from Rosanna Clare:

Arh thanks Katherine, so glad you enjoyed the day - you deserve all the lovely comments 👍😊

Rebecca - - #34492

I purchased the course as a birthday present for my Mum and my Aunt also joined us. It was a complete surprise for my Mum and she couldn't have been more excited. Rosanna was so patient working with our different paces throughout the day, and could not have been more accommodating assuring we all got the bags we has envisioned in our heads. Needless to say we were all delighted with the finished product and they came out all looking very unique and completely professional. We are already fighting the urge to book on to another course soon!

Linda - - #33848

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Throughly enjoyed myself. Rosanna was extremely helpful in explaining how to do each stage of my tote bag. It turned out a lot better than I thought I was capable of producing. I have had a few complimentary comments from friends too. I shall be booking another course in the future.

Dawn - - #30312

I spent a very enjoyable 2 days with Rosanna in her studio designing, cutting out and constructing a really unique and lovely handbag. Rosanna is an excellent teacher, showing patience and understanding when dealing with a complete beginner to this craft.

I was able to master the techniques of cutting and bonding leather then sewing my pieces together on a specialist sewing machine. I constructed a lining with pockets for cards or phone and an inside zip pocket for more valuable items. I came to the course with a rough idea of what I wanted to make and what colour leather I wanted to use and the finished handbag far exceeded my expectations.

Rosanna gave clear instructions and I was able to work on construction mostly independently but she was always on hand to help where necessary.
I will not hesitate to book another course.

Gemma Stone - - #30241

Rosanna is a great tutor, very knowledgeable and patient.
The course was a good pace and I learnt loads and came away with a unique bag which everyone is envious of!!

Thanks Rosanna, highly recommend this course.

Nicki Page - - #28251

I had a wonderful day learning how to work with leather. Rosanna made the process easy and was an excellent teacher. I made a lovely fold over clutch bag which I'm very proud of. I also purchased her book, which is full of useful tips and patterns. I can't wait to start making my own leather items at home.

Rachel Netherton - - #27321

Having no previous experience in working with leather I found the course excellent & Rosanna really knowledgeable and patient. I made a gorgeous bag and have had loads of compliments on it. I have just ordered my new sewing machine & can't wait to get started!

Margaret Rhodes - - #24008

What a fantastic way to spend a Saturday!
I had never worked with leather before but with Rosanna’s superb teaching and guidance I completed a cross body, two tone, fully lined bag that I am thrilled with and my friends are amazed at.
I also got to use an industrial sewing machine, which seemed scary at first but we soon made friends!
You are amazing Rosanna and I can wait to come back for a 2-day experience soon - that’s if you can put up with me again haha.

Kim - - #23248

Had a fabulous day today, having treated my mum for her 81st birthday. We were helped all the way but were allowed to be independent when we wanted to be. Lovely relaxed session with a vast choice of lovely coloured leather. We came away with beautiful bags that none of our family can believe we possibly made in a day .....This would be a lovely birthday present for my daughters in the future, we will most certainly be back.

Wendy Treble - - #19413

Rosanna remained unphased by my daughter and me as we changed our minds over the leather we wanted to use for our bags!
We had a lovely , memorable day and both managed to complete a beautiful bag, fully lined with zip pockets..we were both proud of our achievements.
Rosanna was very skilled at demonstrating and then standing back to allow us to get on with the various processes ...and then stepping in to help when we needed rescuing!
We would both recommend the one day course to others. The workshop is charming, the cafe close by and most welcome for lunch but above all, Rosanna is a skilled teacher. Thank you.

Rachael Evans - - #18926

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Rosanna was very knowledgeable and patient and I was thrilled with my finished product. She had a lovely selection of leathers however a more vibrant selection of linings would have been fantastic. I used my bag immediately and I feel like I have had it for years... I love it. The venue was perfectly located with easy free parking and a glorious cafe in the same site. Would definitely return. I also purchased Rosanna’s book which is very well put together with lots of useful tips and instructions to follow.

Ruth - - #17430

My husband bought me some craft course vouchers as a present and this was my first craft course booked. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday! I went with a friend and we both made clutchbags that we are very proud of! Certainly my husband couldn’t believe that I’d made it! I echo all the reviews, Rosanna is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher and guides you carefully through all the steps so that the finished product really is your work. The setting is really peaceful and the cafe an added bonus. All great! Thank you so much!

Response from Rosanna Clare:

Thanks for the lovely review Ruth, so glad you enjoyed the class!

Hope to see you again soon,

Best wishes


Sandy Norton - - #16562

What a fabulous day, Rosanna is a great and patience teacher, very knowledgeable and lovely. A lovely selection of leather to choose from. We came away with lovely bags, which don't look home made, you really can make a unique bag of your own. I can't recommend the course enough and my friend and I going to try and do the 2 day course in the future.

Sue alfrey - - #16561

My lovely friend Sandy bought me the course as a birthday present, what an amazing gift! I had a truly brilliant day, I made a cross -body clutch bag, Rosanna was patient, encouraging, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her craft, I came away with a bag that I am so happy with. I have lots of comments about it, as I made it, and the experience bought for me, as far as i am concerned I have made a bag for life.
Thank you Rosanna and Sandy.

Jan R - - #16139

What a fabulous way to spend a day. I have made bags before but lacked the confidence to work in leather. When I found this course I knew I needed to book a place.
Rosanna is a great teacher and friendly person. She is able to work and adjust to your level of speed and ability. Her knowledge of working with leather shines through as she gently guides you through the process and choices to be made along the way.
I have come away with a beautiful two tone, fully lined bag which is soo me and already has received a number of complements. Added to that is all the practical knowledge i picked up along the way and a list of suppliers to allow me to continue with my own projects.
Refreshments were on hand and the cafe serves a great lunch.
Thank you Rosanna for a bagtastic day.

Emma Hammond - - #15885

I did the one day bag making course last week. Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt so much. Rosanna is a great teacher and makes you feel relaxed. This was my first time working with leather and I came out with a really usable bag which I am so happy with. The workshop is in a lovely environment and it was a great experience. I'd highly recommend anyone to go on this course and at a later date I will be booking on to another one.

Lou Ovens - - #14400

What an amazing and inspiring day. Lovely studio, really bright and a great space to work in. Rosanna is very clear and methodical and leads you through the process step by step. I am so delighted with my bag - can't quite believe I made it myself. Such a great selection of leather, and good equipment. If I could spend all my days like this I would be very happy. Thank you for the inspiration and guidance!!!

Sarah - - #13925

Fantastic day where I managed to make a beautiful lined leather bag in a day! Definitely helps to have an idea of what you want to achieve, and be as prepared as possible (photos, measurements).

Studios are light and airy with a fabulous café next door. There are a range of leathers available if you are not bringing your own. I learnt new skills that would be hard to get from just watching videos or by reading books. That said, Rosanna has just had a new book of projects published!

Helen Briers - - #13876

A very enjoyable one day workshop making a fabulous leather and canvas tote bag. Rosanna was wonderfully welcoming and accommodating while skillfully guiding me through working with leather for the first time. I also appreciated Rosanna's flexibility both before the workshop (needed to change the date) and during the making process. A great day out added to by a delicious cafe next door!

Sue Morrison - - #13875

I made the cross body two tone bag and had a great day out. Rosanna was very practical and inspiring and the finished product is as good as anything I could buy. The cost is very reasonable and Rosanna was very accommodating when I needed to change the date at the last minute. A bonus is an excellent cafe within the same lovely setting.

Gail - - #13017

It was a really enjoyable day and I'm now filled with inspiration and enthusiasm. The course was excellent. Really informative and the workshop is really well resourced. Thank you Rosanna for your patience and sharing your skills and knowledge.A fabulous day and I have a fantastic bag.

Sue Elliott - - #12332

I wanted to know more about working with leather and decided to book a place on the one day "Make your own bag" workshop. I'm so glad I did. Rosanna is a wonderful teacher and full of knowledge. You work at your own speed and don't feel rushed at all. You can ask a thousand and one questions and in between "tea on demand" and lots of chat I came away knowing so much more and with a determination to come back for a second course.
I made a beautiful bag which I love, love, love! It's stunning and so much better and more professional looking than I could ever have imagined. Thank you so much!

Sharon Watson - - #11969

I attended the one day bag making course with my daughter. Rosanna is an excellent teacher and we came away with a lovely clutch bag each. We learnt many techniques for our first venture into leather work. Rosanna gave us lots of advice and information on suppliers and equipment to enable us to have a go at home.
Thanks Rosanna for such a lovely day!

Laura - - #7445

It's difficult to know where to begin this review as every aspect of the workshop was tremendous! The country setting in a workshop looking out across the fields is idyllic.

We were met with a very warm welcome from Rosanna, whose expertise, talent and patience are limitless. My sister and I very happily settled into making our choice of leather and being adeptly guided through the process by Rosanna. We both felt confident under her tutoring and the result was a purse & card holder each which we are both delighted with!

This is a perfect course for either a seasoned "crafter" or anyone wishing to dip their toe into craftsmanship. With a brew in hand, the radio on in the background, the company of Rosanna and the immense satisfaction of actually making something which you will use and treasure, I cannot think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning!

Once again - thanks a million Rosanna!
Laura & Kate x

Trudie McClatchie - - #6238

This week I took my first ever One Day leather course with Rosanna. I wish to say what a fabulous day I had with such a talented teacher. Rosanna was so clear patient with me. We discussed what I wished to make, and on impulse I asked to make a good sized clutch bag I had admired in a shop. In her well equipped workshop I was guided through tasks I thought were beyond me. In the morning I made a personalised glasses case, using traditional saddle stitching by hand. After a delicious homemade lunch I sucessfully made a clutch bag and also a luggage tag. I came away armed with so many tips and stockist information. Thank you Rosanna five-star fun day. Will be back soon.

Linda edwards - - #6160

This was my second course with Rosanna I have made a hand stitched laptop case and today I made a large size purse with a zip coin compartment and then opens up to the cards and notes I love it, Rosanna it a fantastic teacher whom encourages you to follow your tastes and style in your piece you are making.

I'm booked on the handbag two day in October yes I'm addicted its brill.

Give it a go great fun!

Nick Hemmings - - #5816

Really enjoyed the course. Rosanna was a great teacher and very easy to converse with. It was a super chill environment and a really fun day. Felt I learnt a lot and definitely keen to hone my skills further.

Harry Arnold - - #5601

I booked the wallet/purse making course for my wife for our 3rd anniversary. Rosanna was very quick at responding to messages and helpful in informing me on all the details. When we arrived she was very welcoming and pleasant and had everything organised and ready to go. We had an amazing time making gifts for each other and Rosanna guided us through each step with clear concise instructions. It was a great half day spent with her and worth every penny.

Belinda Knapp - - #5480

I had a lovely day making a bespoke wallet for myself. I'd been looking for one for ages and now I have exactly what I want. It was great fun learning to use all the tools in delightful surroundings, and Rosanna was a very patient and helpful teacher. I would definitely recommend it.

Nancy - - #5401

Fantastic afternoon learning a new skill on your own or as a group. The product actually looks really good and I am proud to show off. Rosanna was a calm and patient teacher. I am definitely going to buy the tools to make these for friends and family.

Katherine Mardle - - #5398

This course was excellent. I'd strongly recommend it if you want to have some fun and feel rewarded whilst making something with leather, which actually looks pretty good as a finished product (I was proud of mine, even though I've never done anything like this before).
It would have been fun with a few friends too, and Rosanna was a great teacher and gave me extra help when I needed it.

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