1 Day Leather & Canvas Duffle Bag Course - £149

1 Day Leather & Canvas Duffle Bag Course - £149


Canvas Colour

Yes its that time of year, blimey what a year it has been. Seeing as last years deal went down so well with you and this year has been so pants, I thought I would treat you all to another BOGOF deal.

This Black Friday. I am offering a buy 1 get 1 free on all our 1 day courses. This can be 2 courses for yourself or you might like to give it to a friend of family member as a Crimbo pressie. 

The offer will be live from midnight on Thursday 26th - Midnight Friday 27th of November 2020


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:        BOGOF2020

4) Pay for course

5) Then once you have looked out the timetable, please get in touch to confirm which course and which date (s) you would like to attend. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. rj.leathersewingschool@gmail.com



{Disclaimer: Once you have bought your BOGOF deal this cannot be refunded. The BOGOF purchase voucher will not expire, you can use it in 1 month or 3 years time whenever works for you. Your purchase can be exchanged for 2 large bag making kits to make at home if you change your mind about attending.}


This is a fantastic size Canvas and leather duffle bag. It has a nice sturdy base which is Ideal for carrying laptops, heavy books ideal for a weekend bag! It also has a handy front patch pocket for quick access for your daily essentials.

When you arrive all of the components for your bag will be cut and ready to be assembled. No need to bring anything but your lovely selves and possibly a camera & notepad to document your project.

Leather & Hardware Colours

We have 4 canvas colour options, Black, Grey, Pink or Olive green. Then 8 leather colour options black, tan brown, dark green, navy, purple and taupe, bright red or teal (see image of leather colours in this description, scroll down images)

The metal component choices are gold, silver or antique brass. During the checkout process please select which colour leather and component type you would like. 

We will provide you with a heavy canvas lining but if you would like to make your bag more bespoke please feel free to bring along your own lining. You will need around half a metre of 160cm wide heavy weight fabric lining.


Key skills learned in this course

  • How to use our duffle bag pattern template
  •  Instructions on how to cut leather,  tools to use, what to look out for.
  • How to cut lining & fusing.
  • Methods & techniques for preparing leather for sewing.
  • Possible ways to sew your bag on industrial sewing machines
  • Which threads to use
  • Professional construction techniques and methods.
  • How to make a patch pocket
  • How to attach a zip
  • How to assemble a duffle bag in stages
  • How to secure the sturdy base
  • How to sew the leather handle

Dimensions : L 40cm x H 38cm x W 25cm     Handle drop 25cm



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 you 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


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.