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  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220
  • 2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220

RJ Leather Sewing School

2 Day Leather Handbag Making Course - Beginners/Intermediate £220



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 ( 2 types of  hobos, 2 sizes of satchels, a tote/shopper and a backpack) 

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. 

Please note: If you would like to create a bespoke design then we recommend you attend the "1 Day Pattern Cutting Course" first. You can then use this pattern during the 2 day handbag making course.

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 £220, 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. 
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.
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.
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 we recommend bringing some lunch. Coffee, tea’s and a few snacks are provided to keep up our energy throughout the day. Please bring some 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 the station to the studio. There is free parking on site.

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