Leather Bag Making Course

Leather Bag-Making Course

leather tote with flap - leather bag making course

As featured in ‘The Guardian’, our extremely popular two day beginners Leather Bag Making weekend guides you through each step of making and traditionally hand-stitching your own beautiful leather tote, messenger or satchel.

This is a fabulous weekend’s tuition for beginners or the more experienced …and you will leave with an amazing piece of work to be proud of!

Upon completion 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’ weekend with plenty of support and encouragement as you construct your hand-made leather bag working from one of our pre-cut patterns.

Will I have learnt enough to make another bag at home?

Absolutely! After a weekend of tuition in our workshop 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’ (subject to availability) and some vegetable tanned leather to get you started!

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How much does it cost?

The full fee is £360.00 per person

You can book as an individual or come with a friend.  Please be assured that we won’t cancel your booking unless its outside our control.

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 and coffee are provided too, so all you’ll need to bring along is yourself and a willingness to learn.

Please contact us for suitability and more information.

Where is the Leather Bag Making tuition held?

Our popular Leather Bag Making weekend is held at our small, but full equipped workshop in the picturesque Georgian town of Aberaeron in Ceredigion, West Wales…. We’re on the coast, just minutes from the harbour; the perfect spot to visit and enjoy the course.

Where Can I Stay? Aberaeron town has a good choice of B&B’s, many just a short walk from the workshop.

How do I book a place?

Simply click this Book Now button to book and pay for your tuition. Alternatively, you can request a date of your choosing; just contact us

Course dates are:

  • APR 2024 Sat 20th to Sun 21st
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 by Mike and Natalie

Natalie and I both made beautiful leather bags over a weekend. We'd done a bit of leather work before but asked Gaynor to treat us as new to leather. It's a lovely and well arranged workshop within walking distance from town and Gaynor generously and patiently took us through each stage of the task with humour whilst the rather wonderful Gary brought us tea and cake just when we needed it. I very much recommend this course.

 by Jon Jackson

Unutterably Superb. No amount of praise / rave review will do; this intro to bag-making is excellent, and simply cannot be faulted. Organisation, Content, Communication and Follow-up Support - all marvellous.

In the company of highly skilled, knowledgeable and gifted tutors, we were treated to not only guidance in the craft, but also came away with what we made - all were beautiful bags - and fantastic inspiration, to continue to develop and create more. Our tutors were superb - brimming with know-how combined with an easy, confident way of teaching which made everything a joy. Every question was answered fully, and well-informed - we were taken also, the extra mile and given all the benefit of experience and enlightenment.
We all love materials and tools, and GDH gave us the very best of both - a surefire start to a successful project.

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 by Julie Barritt

What a fantastic course. I've learned so many skills and produced an amazing tote bag. Thank you Gaynor, Julie and Hannah for sharing your expertise and patience. Everything has been well thought out from start to finish. What an incredible journey. For anyone thinking could I make that ?- the answer is - yes you can ! Highly recommended.

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