Leather Bag Making Course

Leather Bag Making Course – Beginners Level

Description – Leather Bag Making Course

leather tote with flap - leather bag making courseAs featured in ‘The Guardian’, our extremely popular two day beginners leather bag making course teaches you how to make and traditionally hand stitch your own beautiful leather tote, messenger or satchel with vegetable tanned leather and waxed linen thread… All in a weekend!

This is a fabulous course for beginners or the more experienced …and you will leave with an amazing piece of work to be proud of.

Upon completion of this course students will have:

  • Understood how to work with a template or pattern for professional results.
  • Developed skills to cut leather confidently using a clicker knife for both straight and curved cuts.
  • Gained a thorough understanding of the qualities and sections of the leather.
  • Become competent at using many of the leatherworker’s hand tools.
  • Understood the process of preparing the leather for hand stitching.
  • Mastered the technique of ‘preparing a thread’.
  • Become confident while using a harness awl.
  • Learnt how to saddle stitch with the aid of the saddler’s clam.
  • Developed a professional edge finishing technique.
  • Used a hand press for precision cutting.
  • Fitted and secured metal hardware.
  • Practised sharpening a knife and harness awl blade.
  • Watched a demonstration of how to set a harness awl into it’s haft.
  • Fully completed their leather tote, messenger or satchel.

man bag - leather bag making courseSo, a completely ‘hands on’ course with plenty of support and encouragement as you construct your hand-made leather bag working from one of our pre-cut patterns – no maths necessary for you to enjoy this course! If you’re not sure if this course is right for you, why not scroll down to the reviews given by previous students?

Will I have learnt enough to make another bag after the course?

Absolutely! By the end of the course you will have gained sufficient skills to continue making simple leather bag designs and there will be an opportunity to purchase a ‘Beginner’s Toolkit’ and some vegetable tanned leather to get you started!

This course will also give you the skills to progress to our ‘beginners+’ level Leather Satchel Course

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How much does it cost?

The full course fee is £320.00 per person

You can book as an individual or as a group – the perfect excuse for a ‘get-together!’  Please be assured; we never cancel courses – once you have booked we guarantee the course will run.

Tell me what’s included in the price:

There are no hidden extras! All leather and attachments required to make your leather bag are included in the course fee.  Two full days of professional leatherwork tuition with course notes and plenty of help and advice in sourcing leather and materials so you can continue leatherwork at home.  A spacious work area is allocated to each student along with their own set of tools to use while they’re here. A plentiful supply of tea, coffee and afternoon cakes are provided too, so all you’ll need to bring along is yourself and a packed lunch.

To ensure that everyone gets individual attention we have two tutors providing tuition to small groups of 6 only. Please contact us for suitability and more information.

Where is the course held?

Our leather bag making course is held in a beautiful 19th Century Welsh chapel at the foot of the Preseli Mountains in Pembrokeshire, West Wales…. Perfect surroundings to relax and enjoy the course.

Where Can I Stay?  Recommended guest houses and B&B’s

How do I book a place on this course?

Simply click this Book Now button to book and pay for your course. Alternatively you can buy a Gift Voucher

Course dates are:

  • NOV 2017 Thu 9th to Fri 10th
  • NOV 2017 Sat 11th to Sun 12th - FULL
  • NOV 2017 Sat 25th to Sun 26th - FULL
  • JAN 2018 Sat 13th to Sun 14th
  • FEB 2018 Sat 24th to Sun 25th
  • APR 2018 Sat 14th to Sun 15th
  • JUL 2018 Sat 28th to Sun 29th
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What a delightful thing - I did very much appreciate the fact that I probably needed more help than the others and that with the gratefully -received assistance from both yourself and the two delightful Hannahs I have a beautiful bag which I will treasure for ever and, who knows, the experience might just encourage me to do something similar again.A big thank you to you all!

by Christine H on Leather Bag Making Course

Thank you so much to Gaynor and the team.What a fabulous weekend! As an absolute novice in leatherwork I learned so much under the wonderful supervision of Gaynor & her team.I am delighted with the bag I created.I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has ever dreamed of learning this really rewarding craft.

by Abbey Abbass on Leather Bag Making Course

The studio is a well equipped converted old Welsh chapel with a welcoming log fire. The number of booking per course is limited to maximum of six allowing the hard working teaching staff Gaynor and her knowledgeable assistants to devout considerable teaching time to each and every one in the group, whether by instruction or demonstration.The two day course was a wonderful learning experience, (unfortunately not long enough) and I'm hoping to return to do another. So for those considering taking up the craft seriously or otherwise, I would most certainly recommend " LEATHER COURSES BRITAIN".Finally, my gratitude to Gaynor, Gary and the girls for an interesting and enjoyable two days.

by corinne ralli on Leather Bag Making Course

Sept 19,2017 by Corinne on Leather Bag Making CourseAn unforgatable experience with our fantastic teacher Gaynor and her very helpfull and kind assistants ,What a team ! I m so happy with the making of a backpack for my daughter.Gaynor helped us all the time with her advice and 'savoir faire ' and encouraged us all along to achieve our bags.I would recommend without hesitation to learn in a very professional way but also in a friendly and warn atmosphere with nice people .Without forgetting our lovely breaks with tea and cakes .I will definitly come back .Thank you Gaynor and your team

by Mike Wilson on Leather Bag Making Course

A delightful way to spend a weekend. Gaynor and her team give just the right amount of tuition and assistance. The chapel has been turned into a spacious and well equipped workshop. There is an abundance of well maintained tools, and the selection of leathers is excellent. Although I had no previous experience, I came away with a satchel I am very pleased with. I'd love to come on another course next year.

Thankyou to Gaynor & the team for a wonderful weekend of bag making fun. I had no previous experience of leather work but now am the proud owner of a beautiful leather satchel all hand made by me!
This is an amazing course, set in a beautiful workshop and run by a fabulous team who encourage and guide you through every step of the process. A highly recommended course.

Fantastic course and I am so pleased with the bag. Gaynor and team made learning and making easy and fun. With clear instructions, gentle guidance and many patient reminders I made a beautiful Tote bag which has turned out exactly as I hoped. The workshop is so well equipped and the team were very skilled. And then there were the lovely cakes....

Recommend the course to anyone who wants to have a go- they make it so easy no experience needed!

Thank you to all the team

by Claire Locke on Leather Bag Making Course

What a fantastic way to spend a weekend! The course was amazing with all materials and tools provided and you end with a fabulous leather bag. I was so impressed with Gaynor and the girls who were so helpful and provided good, clear instruction and almost one to one teaching. The afternoon tea and cakes were a delight and I met some lovely people. I can honestly recommend this course, you will thoroughly enjoy it and come away with a beautiful bag that you made!

I had a great time on the weekend bag making course. It was fun, very well organised and the teaching was excellent. I was amazed that I had made a beautiful leather handbag at the end of the two days. I would highly recommend the course.

I had a really enjoyable weekend on this course, the atmosphere was great fun and very relaxed but with excellent tuition from Gaynor, Hannah + Elizabeth. It was a great introduction to leatherwork and I learnt a lot in two days and have a lovely bag. I'm hoping to return for another course next year.

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