About the Course
This course is suitable for beginners but is also a great follow up for students who have already attended one of our shorter courses.
The course will begin with students learning the basic leather skills (or refreshing your memory of them) by firstly learning and practicing how to hand stitch leather. You will learn marking out, choosing appropriate leather, hand saddle stitching and raw edge finishing.
Following this everyone will make one small unlined saddle bag each. You will work from a prepared pattern so everyones bags will be the same size and shape, however you can choose from our leather to have your own bespoke colour combinations and make small alterations such as changing the strap, stitch colour, etc. so your finished bag will be unique to you.
Course runs from 9.30am – 5pm with a break for lunch and tea and cake breaks throughout the day. Light buffet lunch and tea and coffee included in the price. The price includes the cost of all leather and fittings used to make your bag.
Please note we try to keep a good range of different colour leathers for your choice but we can not guarantee we will have every colour in stock. You are welcome to bring your own leather with you. Please let me know if you have any questions.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are included in the price of the course.
Course runs from 9.30am – 5pm with tea and coffee included in the price. Also included in the price is a light lunch.
I loved every part of this workshop. Sarah was extremely patient with everyone on the course, explaining all concepts clearly and giving us practical demonstrations. She ensured that everyone successfully made a unique, hand-made saddlebag in a day and take home something to be proud of. This is one bag that will never go to a charity shop for sure!
I would love to make another Eileen-designed bag and am planning what item I can make next :-)
Thank you so much Sarah for teaching me such a great new skill!
Eileen Brown - - #16376
Sarah's saddlebag course was great fun in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. She was so knowledgable and patient and I came away with a good solid understanding of the skills we learnt that day. I hope to be back to one of her courses in the future as would love to learn more.
thank you very much.
Fiona Johnson - - #16348
An excellent day, Sarah was brilliant, patient and very skilled. I came away with a bag that I will use and treasure.
Trudi Handy - - #16338
Such an amazing day, it was the perfect way to zone out from daily life and enjoy a new craft. I was a complete novice but Sarah was on hand at every step and gave clear and helpful advice and tips. I am over the moon with my bag, it's doing me proud and it smells amazing! 🤣
I'll be looking to do another course soon and I've been recommending left, right and centre.
Laura Davis - - #15924
Great patient tuition allowed me, a complete beginner, to proudly take home a completed leather saddle bag!
Bev Archer - - #14685
I did the 1 day saddle bag course. It was great! As a complete novice Sarah talked us through each step clearly and by the end of the day we had all made a unique item that we could be proud of. Thanks Sarah. I would definitely recommend any course with you.
Imogene - - #14344
Very sociable meeting others. Didnt realise there were so many stages to making a bag. It was hard work concentrating . Didnt think i would remember the stitching sequence but soon got into the cycle and found it quite relaxing. Very pleased with the results. Love my bag. We were very lucky to choose any colour leather. Excellent instruction , friendly tutor. Sarah was extremely patient with us all. Nice food and drinks. Catered for all drinks. Great to have fruit teas and decaf drinks, appreciated. Great day. Thanks very much.
Helen Godding - - #12742
Very enjoyable day. Sarah was a good tutor who explained things clearly and patiently.
Deb Wilson - - #12421
Absolutely loved this course. Sarah is a fantastic teacher and made the whole experience very enjoyable. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sarah and her courses to everyone. I haven’t stopped showing off my new bag to all my friends and family! I will definitely be back to learn more skills, thank you.
Ellie Rush - - #12340
I loved this day course. Sarah was an excellent and patient teacher who had time for everyone and sorted us out if we got into difficulty. We learnt a lot in a day and the resulting bag was more professional looking than I was expecting. Sarah also had the shocking pink colour leather I was hoping for! My friends cannot believe that I made this bag and that I hand stitched it. Very proud of my bag. Would highly recommend the course.
Clare Blakeway-Phillips - - #12330
Sarah was welcoming, and allowed us to do what we were able too whilst being available at all times to help if needed. She explained everything clearly and had plenty of tools/equipment etc.
I was really pleased with the result and my bag has been much admired
Sarah Mayhew - - #12329
Response from Williams Handmade:Thank you for the lovely feedback and thank you for coming to the workshop. You did a great job on your bag :)
The one day saddle bag workshop with Sarah was amazing! It was such a full day of learning new skills. I am extremely pleased with the end product and it is definitely something I would like to have another go at. Sarah's teaching was clear and she has genuine expertise to share. Thank you Sarah.
Emily Bott - - #10218
The course was really fun and informative. Sarah was a great teacher and really personalised her self to each persons skill level and way of learning. Although everyone made a saddle bag the flexibility of the day meant everyone got to personalise the final product to match their own taste in a multitude of ways which was a nice creative twist. I left with a great new bag ans have learnt a lot and will now no longer shy away from a material I would have never consider attempting working with before.
Laura Hurds - - #9503
Absolutely loved it! Would like to come again. Liked the hand stitching but found punching the holes evenly difficult. Thanks for helping me. I have a really professional looking product and used it today in town. Had to buy a new purse as mine is too big for the bag. I'd like to do some machine stitching over the summer hols. I'll see what you have available.
Elaine Bowles - - #9501
I completed this one day course and was amazed by the cufflink box which i had made by the end of the day.
The workshop surrondings were lovely. Sarah was a great teacher, very patient and explained each stage clearly.
I would highly recommend any of sarahs workshops
Stephen cobb - - #7547
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