Description – Leather Bag Making Course
As 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.
So, 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
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.
How do I book a place on this course?
Course dates are:
- SEP 2017 Sat 2nd to Sun 3rd - FULL
- SEP 2017 Sat 16th to Sun 17th
- NOV 2017 Sat 11th to Sun 12th - FULL
- NOV 2017 Sat 25th to Sun 26th
- JAN 2018 Sat 13th to Sun 14th
- FEB 2018 Sat 24th to Sun 25th
- APR 2018 Sat 14th to Sun 15th
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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
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.
Thank you so much for a wonderful course. I've worked in the field of education for over 30 years and have experienced masses of different courses in the UK, Switzerland and Germany. I can honestly say yours was the best ever - fun, informative, clear instruction, well-arranged, resulting in a completed project (not always the case).I certainly hope to return for another course. Meanwhile I send warmest greetings and thanks to you and your team...
Just wanted to thank you all for an absolutely brilliant and inspiring course this weekend. I’m finding it hard to concentrate on “proper” work today as I have lots of pictures of bags floating around my head (oh and the odd helicopter).I am so glad to have spent time in your company as a student I felt so confident by the end of the weekend. Thanks guys
This was a great course. Gaynor and her assistants were very patient and generous in sharing their considerable knowledge and skill. I loved every minute of it.
I cannot fault this course for anything. Not only is Pembrokeshire beautiful and Narberth town excellent, but the staff of 'Leather Courses Britain', marvellous educators.We as a group were immediately felt welcome but no time was wasted in getting down to the reason we were there. We got an education in the tools, in the material, and the process. Although I personally felt like I was high maintenance, I was never made to feel like a nuisance. There was nothing but patience from the staff there (and tonnes of cake!)I learned so much over the weekend- the most important was the realisation that I could continue leather working as a lifetime hobby. Gaynor made sure we all felt capable. I came away from the course with the desire to establish a hobby and a messenger bag I am immensely proud of. I plan on attending another course in the very near future. Gaynor, Gary, Elizabeth, and Sian, thank you!
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Gaynor, Enya and Elizabeth were constantly on hand to guide us through every step of the way. I am really pleased with my messenger bag, so much so that it has become my everyday bag.