Leather Bag Making Course

Leather Bag Making Course – Beginners Level

Description – Leather Bag Making Course with professional tuition

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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.

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 £340.00 per person

You can book as an individual or come with a friend.  Please be assured; we never cancel courses, 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, coffee and afternoon cakes are provided too, so all you’ll need to bring along is yourself and a packed lunch.

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:

  • MAY 2022 Sat 7th to Sun 8th - FULL
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Leather Bag Making Course
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 58 reviews
 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.

 by Anna Williams

I‘ve just finished this weekend bag making course and I’m delighted with my bag. Firstly I would like to thank Gaynor, Gary, Julie and the lovely Hannah for your help, patience and teaching me . I’m shocked at how much I’ve learned and can’t wait to continue my leather making journey on my own xx

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