Pattern Cutting for Bags and Introduction to Leather craft - Designing Bags in 3D (1 week course)

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5-day practical leather bag pattern cutting and design course with leather crafting skills
Learn leather bag design and creation processes with an introduction to leather crafting. Design bags in 3D
See 1-day Pattern Cutting (The Basics) course, here.

Join us in our Oxfordshire Workshop (UK) for a week of learning and making. Learn directly from Leathersmith and London College of Fashion Lecturer, Georgie Tym as she guides you through designing your own patterns from scratch to create a whole catalogue of 3D shapes for bags and accessories along with a basic introduction to leather crafting skills.

Who is this course for?
This 5-day practical bag pattern cutting and introduction to leather craft course is ideal for all experience levels, from beginners to confident makers. A perfect introduction into the pattern cutting skills and leather skills you’ll need to create and design your own bag patterns and leather designs.

Are you looking to:

Start your own bag brand?
Design your own bags?
Understand the bag making process?
Create bags at home to complete your own handmade wardrobe?
Satisfy a general interest into the skills and techniques required to make your own bags?
Develop a foundation in leather crafting skills
If you've answered yes to any of the above, then this is the course for you.

What to expect
Join Georgie to learn the basics of pattern cutting for bags with an introduction to leather craft. The course includes a foundation knowledge through to more complex cutting techniques. Looking at 3D shapes and examples from which you can create multiple shapes and details. Learn all the essential skills you will need to begin your leather crafting journey.

This is the course for you if you’re ready to turn those bags you’ve been dreaming up and designing into 3-Dimensional tangible reality.

Within the course, you’ll also be introduced to techniques and materials suitable for accessories, including sewing on an industrial sewing machine and stitching leather by hand.

Upon completing the pattern cutting and introduction to leather course you will take away the knowledge to bring your designs to life. Complete with a set of paper/ fabric mock-ups which can be kept as your reference sample set and leather craft samples you will have your very own library of resources to inspire and generate future ideas.

The course covers:

- Pattern types and shapes suitable for each construction type

- Patterns for details and functionality features

- Professional methods and best practice

- Basic pattern cutting techniques

- Pattern design/ development and sequences

- Hands on involvement and demonstrations.

- Hand stitching leather and other materials

- Machine stitching leather and other materials

- Leather tools and machinery

- Seam types used in bag and leather constructions

- Leather and other materials discussions

You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

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?

There are no additional costs. Basic materials will be included.

The course runs from 10am – 3.30pm Monday - Friday. There will be a tea/ coffee breaks throughout and an hour break at lunch. Please note lunch is not provided.

The course will be run from the HOME STUDIO of Hands Of Tym in Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 9DH

Parking available on the drive or on the street with easy access via the M40. Banbury train station is a steep 30 min walk. Trains run from both London Marylebone and Birmingham to Banbury in 50mins. Also well connected to Reading, Oxford, Leamington Spa to name a few.

Maximum class size is 5


Georgie Tym at Hands of Tym

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Addison Road
OX16 9DH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users


5 days (10:00am to 3:30pm)

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paul porter - - #31394

Wanting to design and make bags, but with no previous experience, this seemed the perfect course - i was not wrong.
Georgie is an extremely gifted teacher, spending time explain different build techniques, but also backing this up with examples she has made. There was lots of time to ask questions about materials and best practice for items i had in mind to make. The 5 days seemed to pass very quickly, but i have mockups, notes and just as importantly supplier lists to help me in the future, as well as Georgie an email away. Thank you

Response from Hands of Tym:

Thanks very much Paul for your kind words. I am so glad you found it helpful!

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