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

5 Hour 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. All our courses are run in parallel, so you may be making something different to other students on the day. This course runs from 10:00-15:00 (include 1/2 lunch) 
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. 
Capacity & Course times
Our classes are very small (max. 5 students per class) so there is plenty of one-to-one tuition. Courses tend to fill-up fast so if your requested course date is already fully booked we will be in touch to discuss alternative dates that suit you.

Tea (&herbal tea) and coffee and biscuits are is provided but please bring your own drinking water.

All classes run with a minimum of only 1 person so you can have peace of mind that once you have booked your place you know nothing will change.

On the day:
We will have a half lunch break together and lunch will be provided for you. We will have a selection of bread cheese, ham, and salad. If you have any specific dietary requirements please bring your own lunch.  Coffee / tea and a few snacks will also be provided to keep up our energy throughout the day. Please bring your own drinking water.


Top Floor, Unit 7, Suite1, Parklands Business Centre, 44 Chartwell Road, Lancing, West Sussex BN15 8UE. Once you have booked the course you will receive an email with driving directions and public transport info. If you arrive by train it's roughly a 10 minute walk from Lancing station to the studio. There is free parking on site.