The Bag Making Road Trip

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I don't know about you - but I have always adored bags, especially designer bags! I used to look at them in shop windows and think they looked like sculptures. I'd always appreciate the skill and craftsmanship that goes into each piece, from the leather to the perfection of every stitch.

Have you often thought the same but imagined that bag making would require specialist equipment and industrial sewing machines? Well I'm going to stop you there - you can make high end handbags on your home domestic sewing machine and we are going to show you how!

What is Included:

This online course is jam-packed with loads of road trip goodies!

  • 7 Comprehensive modules
  • 3 x leather bag making courses (£114.97 if bought separately)
  • 3 x pre-cut leather bag kits (£200 if bought separately)
  • FREE Upcycled tote bag course
  • Learn ways to customise your designs with FREE appliqué course (£10 if bought separately)
  • 12 months access to our VIP group (£199 if bought separately)
  • FREE tools kit (Worth £150)
  • All bag making patterns are downloadable so you can make your bags over and over again
  • FREE DELIVERY to anywhere in the world
  • BUNDLE PRICE = £498 - A SAVING OF OVER £175!

Module 1

Introduction to RJ Leather Studio, our company story.

Now its time to start your journey:

  • Choose your kit colour - we have 8 different colours of leathers to choose from 
  • Choose your appliqué leather colour choice 
  • Choose your kit hardware colour - we have 3 colours - silver, gold or antique brass
  • How to set up your domestic machine ready for sewing leather
  • Watch our intro to leather, learn about different types of leather & their variations
  • Learn about the tools that are included in your full maker kits & how to use them
  • Watch our how to videos to help you with leather sewing tips and tricks
  • Build your confidence and have a practise on scrap leather provided

Module 2

The Upcycled Leather Tote Bag Course

This is a great introduction to working with leather. We walk you through different ways of sourcing leather such as charity shops and using second hand leather jackets. We want to inspire you to consider using materials, leather and tools that you might already have in your house. There is so much that you can use to make bags from!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Teach you what to look out for when sourcing leather jackets
  • The best method to deconstruct garments
  • How to place and cut your panels from up-cycled materials
  • Professional leather construction techniques
  • Step by step video tutorials on how to assemble the bag
  • How to sew a patch pocket
  • How to attach a drawstring closure

Module 3 - Bonus course

Applique Course

  • Learn about ways that you can customise your bag to make them unique for your brand or personal style
  • Appliqué is a fantastic way of decorating your leather and is a very satisfying technique to learn
  • It's best to watch this module first so you can decide if you’d like to customise your leather panels before starting construction of your bags

Module 4

The Phone Case Course

In this module you will learn how to make your own beautiful mobile phone case with a card holder on the back. The dimensions of the case are Length 11cm x Height 20cm x Width 1cm

Learning outcomes:

Learn how to use our RJ Leather Studio handbag templates
Learn about different stabilisers
How to prepare the panels for sewing
How to fully line a phone case
How to attach magnetic or sam brown closure
How to cut and sew a flap
How to finish the raw edge of leather
How to attach rivets

Module 5

The Arthur Clutch Bag Course

This is the bag that started it all! Hundreds upon hundreds of these little beauties have been sold worldwide and you can now make one in the comfort of your own home! It was also the first short and pre-cut leather course we taught in person and is still super popular to this day.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to use our RJ Leather Studio handbag templates
  • Learn about different stabilisers
  • Prepare the leather for sewing
  • How to finish the raw edge of leather
  • How to fully line a clutch bag
  • How to sew a zip into leather
  • How to make a leather tassel
  • How to sew and attach a wristlet handle

Module 6

The Charlie Tote Bag Course

The tote is a real head turner and is probably the bag we use the most here at RJ HQ. The tote was our first ever full one day course and has been taught more times than any other. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to use our RJ Leather Studio handbag templates
  • Learn about different stabilisers
  • How to prepare the leather for sewing
  • How to sew an internal leather zip frame pocket
  • How to sew a main zip closure
  • How to finish the raw edge of leather
  • How to add an internal key strap with clip
  • How to fully line a tote bag
  • How to attach a Leatherboard base to the bag
  • How to make leather straps and attach with rivets

Module 7

12 months access to VIP group 'The Soul Stitchers'

The Soul Stitchers is a great way to connect with other fellow bag makers.  

There are regular Q+A's, live lessons, sew alongs, guest teachers, and more! All of these will be recorded and posted in the group so you can peruse at your leisure if you can't make them live!

It's community led so full of what you want and you're able to create discussion topics and show your creations here. 

12 months access is included in your road trip bundle.


Plus a FREE starter leather bag making tool kit

We have it all covered, all your essential tools to get going

  • An A3 self healing cutting matt
  • 45mm OFLA rotary cutter
  • Copydex glue & double sided tape
  • Awl & gel for scoring/marking leather
  • Rotating hole punch
  • Rivet Setting tool & rubber mallet
  • Gum tragacanth & edge slicker for polishing leather
  • Plastic pattern master ruler & metal ruler
  • Quilting clips & magnetic seam adjuster
  • Universal Teflon foot & leather point needles


For more details about the road trip please click here

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In Person Courses

We have a range of one and two day courses taught by Rebecca at our studio on the south coast.

Tools & Materials

Your one stop bag making shop. Leather, hardware, fusing, needles, tools, you name it, we've got it!

Handbag Patterns

Instantly downloadable PDF patterns with full colour instruction brochure. Kits available for certain bags.

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