Online courses launching 29.09.22

2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220 - Black Friday 2021

2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220 - Bl


This course is included in our Black Friday 2021 offer buy-1-get-1-FREE

1 ) Select which 2 courses that you would like ( these can be swapped at a later date so don't panic)

2) Add them to cart

3) Apply this code at the checkout:        BOGOF2021

4) Pay for course


This is one of our most popular courses. It is a great introduction to making a men's or women's bag. On this two-day course you will be walked through basic construction techniques required to make a leather bag from scratch. This course is a chance to learn how to make a chrome tanned turned and fully lined soft leather bag with different types of pocket detail and handle options and leave with the knowledge and confidence to continue your bag making projects at home. 

Please bring a camera & notepad to document your project.


Key skills learned in this course

  • A basic intro to different types of leather
  • Understanding how to use professional bag patterns
  • Selecting the correct materials, stabilisers, leather and hardware to create your bag
  • Introducing you to different tools for professional cutting techniques for leather and fabric cutting
  • Introducing different handle types and construction techniques
  • Learning the techniques of fully lining a bag
  • Learning how to sew a leather framed zip or patch pocket
  • Sewing different types of seams and learning how to finish them
  • Different closure techniques & applying finishing touches to a professional bag
  • Different methods for attaching handles using tools

**It is possible to make all of our patterns on both industrial and domestic sewing machines**



Outcomes: Select pattern to use, learn how to trace off the pattern from RJ Leather Studio pattern, select and discuss chosen materials, cut leather & lining, practice on the industrial machines, bonding all fusing

On the first day you will choose from 10 different bag patterns:

T based tote


Mens Backpack

Small Satchel

Ladies Backpack

Magnetic Clasp Hobo

Zipped Hobo with detachable strap

Cross body bucket bag

Mens messenger

Laptop bag


**The RJ Leather Studio pattern you choose is yours to take home with you at the end of the course**


You will have an introduction to different types of leather and will be given a list of all of our trusted suppliers and the tools you will need to make bags at home. 

On day one we will talk you through different types of leathers and then show you how to trace off a pattern from an original handbag block introducing you to professional bag making techniques. Once you have traced the pattern we will then discuss and select which leather material and hardware you would like to use for your bag. 

You will then be introduced to different tools you can use to cut leather, how to cut leather and what to look out for. You will cut the leather, lining and stabilisers and bond all of the stabilisers to the leather. 

We will also do a small introduction to working on industrial sewing machines so you can have a practise in preparation for day two construction. 

The first day is all about cutting and preparing and being completely ready for sewing on day two. 

**If you would like to create a bespoke design, we recommend you attend the 1 Day Pattern Cutting Course first. You can then use this pattern during the 2 day handbag making course.**


Day 2

Outcomes:. Prepare and sew pockets, construct lining, adding hardware, sew the lining, fully assemble bag using professional bag finishing techniques, adding finishing touches, attaching handles and straps

Day two is when the magic starts to happen.  

You will start the day by preparing all of the pockets to sew. There is a lot of preparation in pockets and we try to stabilise everything as much as possible so that when it comes to sewing you are only concentrating on stitching beautifully. 

We then move on to constructing the linings and preparing any tabs or hardware pieces that need to be attached to the main body of the bag. This enables you to see your bag panels all start to be completed and then you can start to sew the final seams in the main (leather) body of the bag. You’ll then attach the lining and the leather together. 

Right at the end is the most exciting part and you turn the bag to the right way round revealing all of your hard work and your professionally finished bag! 

Finally we add on any handles or straps and rivet them on.



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. . 

It is totally possible to make this bag on a domestic sewing machine so if you are more comfortable using one of those it’s no problem at all!

We highly recommend using our industrial machines in this course to really give your bag that professional look.

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



Beginners – Intermediate
This course is £220, you can break the payment down into instalments. If you would like to do this please email us directly 
What To Bring

We know that buying leather and components can be a little overwhelming so you have the option to buy the materials from us for £50, you can purchase the materials package here:

Or alternatively you are bringing your own materials. Please make sure that your leather is not too thick, no more than 1mm-1.5mm if possible.

  • Leather - 6sq ft of leather for the outside of the bag
  • Lining – 1m of fabric preferably of a medium weight
  • Metal hardware – zips, d-rings, oblongs, fastenings, magnets, feet,
  • Notepad & pen for making notes
  • Camera - for taking videos and photos to document your project if you wish
Where to source leather
Click here to find out places we recommend for purchasing leather and metal hardware
What we provide
  • Patterns
  • Pattern card
  • Pencils & rubber
  • Pattern master (ruler for pattern cutting) 
  • Fusing
  • Leatherboard for stiffening the base if required
  • Thread
  • Machines
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits to keep our energy up
  • A 10% discount after your first course with us
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.