1 Day Advanced Belt or Dog Collar/Lead Making Course £139

1 Day Advanced Belt or Dog Collar/Lead Making Course £139


 Have you ever wanted to try your hand at leather work? 

On this one-day course you will learn how to make a belt from start to finish. You will learn traditional leather craft techniques from carving and embossing leather, dying leather, polishing edges, riveting buckles and sewing on an industrial sewing machine.

You can transfer these techniques to make dog collars as well as belts.


Key skills learned in this course

  • How to make a paper pattern for your chosen design
  • Introduction to leather carving
  • Different ways to dye and stain leather
  • Skiving techniques
  • Finishing techniques
  • Riveting buckles
  • Optional hand stitching or sewing on the industrial machines
  • How to attach different hardware

What to bring

We provide the leather & rivets but please bring with you buckles and any metal component for decoration.  

When buying buckles they will refer to the size of leather belt width that you will use. For example most commonly used is around a 3.5cm buckle for a jeans belt. You will find different colour metals so please pick matching metal finishes for all components.

Some good places to look online are: 

The identity store: https://www.identityleathercraft.com/index.php/fastening-buckles/centre-bar-buckles.html


Artisanleather - http://www.artisanleather.co.uk/buckles.html

And shops if you get the chance to go to East London are:

London Trimmings : http://www.londontrimmings.co.uk

S& K fittings: http://www.skfittings.co.uk

Batchelors: http://jtbatchelor.co.uk

Let me know if you have any questions regarding choosing what to buy.

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.

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.

We have just relocated from Hove to Lancing
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. If you arrive by train it takes roughly 10 minutes to walk from Lancing station to the studio. There is free parking on site.