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 £330.00 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:

  • JAN 2019 Sat 19th to Sun 20th
  • FEB 2019 Sat 9th to Sun 10th
  • FEB 2019 Sat 23rd to Sun 24th
  • APR 2019 Thu 11th to Fri 12th
  • APR 2019 Sat 13th to Sun 14th
  • JUN 2019 Sat 8th to Sun 9th
  • JUL 2019 Thu 4th to Fri 5th
  • JUL 2019 Sat 6th to Sun 7th
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by Ana Carvalho Thompson on Leather Bag Making Course

An amazing course! They give you full attention and help to make you get everything correct to have your bag perfect. Gaynor, Gary and all team are very kind, nice tea break and lovely fire. Looking forward to do it again!

I found the leather bag weekend course after stumbling across the 'Guardian' review of the weekend and I was really impressed with the finished bag in the article.Gaynor was so good at explaining and making sure the 3 students on my weekend understood every step of the process. I was initially apprehensive about cutting..and ruining... large pieces of beautiful leather. You gain more confidence as the weekend proceeds.Gaynor, along with her lovely staff ensured we finished our bags but had plenty of tea, cakes and chat.I really enjoyed the stitching which was absorbing. I'm so proud of my new leather bag. Thankyou soooo much for such a wonderful weekend. Will be back for sure.

I have long wanted to learn more about working with leather and was delighted to be given a place on the November course with Gaynor for my birthday this year! My husband researched long and hard as there are several on offer in various parts of the country - he chose GDH Leather Courses for its professional approach, lack of 'trendy' self consciousness and thorough attention to the craft of leather working. We watched all the film clips on the website as they were very helpful. Two very exciting days packed with information and emerging new skills with high ratio of tutors to participants (there were only 6 of us). From start to finish our days were carefully planned so that no one got left behind and we finished our beautiful bags by end of play on day 2. Gaynor, Julie and the two lovely Hannah's were expert coaches. We stayed at Marion Jones' lovely comfortable house in Northfield Road in Narbeth and Gary very kindly collected and deposited us back home again at the end of the day. I would completely recommend the course and would love to attend another at some stage.

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