Online courses launching 29.09.22

5 Hr Learn how to make Leather Handle Taster Course - £85

5 Hr Learn how to make Leather Handle Taster Course - £85


New course for 2020!

During this coures you will be intorduced to 5 different handle construction types. There are a huge amount of d ifferent types of handles. The methods and types will vary depending on your choice of leather. handles can be a very important part of the design of a bag, they have to be functional and practical but they can also stand out as a main feature of a bag. 

You will learns all techniques required to make 5 different type sof handles, flat centre fold chrome tanned handles, braided vegtan handles, raised flat leather handle with keeper, a rounded bugatti handle and raw edge leather handles painted with a unique rubberised paint. 

You will make all 5 handle types and will be able to take the home with you at teh end of the course, along side some useful fact pack notes on construction notes and processes. You will also be provided a list of suppliers and places to source materials from. 

All materials are included in this course. There is no need to bring anything but your lovely selves and possibly a camera and notepad to document your project.


Key skills learned in this course

  • How to make soft centre fold leather handles and attaching them to hardware
  • How to make a braided vegtan leather handles.
  • How to make a raised flat leather handle with keeper and hardware
  • How to make a bugatti handle (tubular handles)
  • How to make raw edge flat handle and paint the edges of the handle with a rubberised paint
  • How to create patterns for the handles
  • How to accurately cut the leather
  • Working with different stabilisers 
  • How to sew the handles
  • How to add hardware and secure your handles onto a bag


You have the option to work with domestic or industrial sewing machines. We are very lucky to be sponsored by Tysew Sewing Machines and we have a number of different machines all fitted with servo motors which are ‘slow speed motors’ so they are really easy to use and beginner friendly. . 

In our studio we have:

One flatbed lockstitch

Two flatbed walking feet

Two walking foot needle feed cylinder arm

Skiving machine

Rivet press

Eyelet press

Popper press

4 Janome domestic sewing machines


Previous students work
Wondering what other students have made? Visit the gallery.
Timetable, Booking & Time
To view our timetable click here.  The course runs from 10:30-17:30 weekdays and weekends. 
We now have a max capacity of 4 students. We have a large open plan 6m x 6m space that is very easy to have everyone social distanced apart. All machines have been set up 2m apart and demonstrations will be given to all students one at a time. I will wear a mask for close contact teaching but it is not compulsory for students to wear them as you will all be 2m apart. 

Once you have viewed the timetable and decided which date(s) you would like to attend please click “add to cart” on the course page. During the checkout please write in the dates. 

On the day:
We will have a half an hour lunch break together so please bring lunch and snacks. Before Covid 19 I used to provide lunch and snacks but for now I have been advised for people to bring their own, which I am sad about as I loved providing this.  Coffee / tea will also be provided but if you would rather bring your own then, of course, are more than welcome. 
Unit 7, Suite1, 44 Chartwell Road Lancing Business Centre, Lancing, West Sussex BN15 8UE. Once you have booked the course you will receive an email with driving directions and public transport info. There is limited FREE parking on site and we are around 10 mins walk from Lancing train station.