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  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £199
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £199
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £199
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £199
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £199
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £199

RJ Leather Sewing School

2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £199



This is one of our most popular courses; it is a great introduction to making a handbag. On this two-day course you will be walked through basic construction techniques required to make a leather handbag from scratch.On the first day you will choose from 6 different handbag shapes 2 variants of each style ( a hobo, a satchel or a tote/shopper ) 

We have pre-prepared patterns for you to use so you don’t have to worry about any complicated pattern cutting on this course. You are welcome to customise your chosen designs slightly if you feel confident. This course is a chance to learn how to make a  turned and fully lined soft leather bag with different types of pocket detail and handle options and leave with skills you can use for future bag making projects. 

Day 1: Select pattern to use, customise pattern, discuss chosen materials, cut leather & lining, practice on the industrial machines, start to sew the lining.
Day 2: Bag construction and final assembly.
Key skills learned in this course
  • Adapting patterns
  • Choosing materials and leather
  • Professional leather and fabric cutting techniques
  • Preparing pieces for zips, fusing and considering materials weight and combinations
  • Fully lining a handbag
  • Learning how to sew a zip & patch pocket
  • Sewing different types of seams and learning how to finish them
  • Different closure techniques & applying finishing touches to a professional bag
  • Attaching handles
You have the option to work with domestic (Janome or Bernina) or industrial sewing machines. We have a Typical walking foot cylinder arm machine and 2 flat-bed industrial sewing machines, they are all fitted with slow speed motors so they are really easy for even a beginner. We now also have a skiving machine to help with reducing the thickness of the leather in the seam lines. You are welcome to use either depending on your choice of materials, but our aim is for students to produce professionally finished bags and we’d recommend using an industrial machine to get the best results.
Beginners – Intermediate
This course is £199, 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. All our courses are run in parallel, so you may be making something different to other students on the day. This course runs from 10.30am-5pm.   Start time is flexible but it allows people arriving by public transport to get cheaper tickets.
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.

There are a few shops, cafes and a pub in 5-10 minutes walk from the studio if you would like to buy lunch or please feel free to bring a packed lunch. We have 1/2 hour lunch break from 1pm-1.30pm. 

We have just re-located to Hove near Brighton
Echo 1, Maritime House, Basin Rd N, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1WR. Located right on the seafront near Hove lagoon, beautiful sea views from the studio. 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 or alternative FREE parking 5 minutes walk from the studio.If you arrive by train we can arrange for you to be collected free of charge from Hove or Portslade station. 

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