– BAG MAKING: LEARN HOW TO SEW LEATHER AND MAKE YOUR OWN PERSONALISED LEATHER CLUTCH BAG –

One to one tuition

WERE?

At our studio (map)

WHEN?

During our working hours
View our available dates at the checkout

COST

From 207 (5 hours)
Materials £20

LEVEL:

Some basic experience of using sewing machines is required

WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?

This is a five hour one to one lesson during which you will realise your own unique, personalised leather clutch bag and get to take it home with you.
This is a one to one course during which you will be taught the basic skills of working with leather and learn how to use specific tools for splitting, cutting, finishing and fastening fittings.
The course has the aim of helping you gain confidence in sewing leather, understanding the major difference between various types of leather, working with tools and learning essential techniques to deal with tricky features of leather goods construction.
You will create your own pattern and be able to personalise your item by choosing among a range of stylish details, such as:
– Creating a surface design by using contrasting colours
– Choosing your closure type
– Choosing your clutch shape
– Creating a painted detail with leather paint
– Adding a simple pocket
– Adding a simple wrist strap
– Choosing your own leather
– Choosing your own zip colour

 

WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT?

– Adapting patterns and understanding tricks to customise them to your specifications
– Leather preparation, cutting, marking and finishing techniques
– Understanding leather weight and features, choosing materials according to the specific look/feel you want to achieve
– Learning major characteristics of different types of industrial sewing machines and exercise on them
– To choose the right sewing machine for a specific type of material/project.
– To use various machine feet, tools and equipment in your sewing.
– To understand thread types and needle sizes.
– To sew practical stitches, troubleshoot problems and learn general maintenance of the sewing machine.
– To produce a range of seams and seam finishes.
– To start and complete your own, customised, leather clutch bag!

 

For those whom might already have some experience of the above, you may also be able to learn some of the below topics:
– To sew and finish zips on leather.
– To sew a dart and use fusing.
– Different closure techniques, magnets, studs and pop buttons
– Leather glues and finishing products
– The use of reinforcements to back leather
– Using leather stamps and knives

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

This course is suitable for beginners, people with some basic experience of machine sewing, intermediate and advanced sewers.
You should be able to use measurements and understand verbal and written English instructions.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS? IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO BRING?

Materials are not included but you can either purchase them from us or buy them from other suppliers.
If you prefer to bring you own, just let us know when booking and make sure the leather is not thicker than 1-1.2mm.
Our leather skins and offcuts are the cheapest in London but our stock is limited. Our leather is sourced from Italian brands’ end of production surplus and also from small Italian tanneries when they change their stock of leather skins. The stock is being continuously changed and therefore you will be choosing from colours, textures and types of leathers available at the studio. To have an idea of the leathers we can provide, please visit our dedicated page: https://www.thelondonleatherworkshop.com/leathers/
If you are looking for something in particular that we don’t stock, we will provide you with a list of suppliers to buy materials from and advice on what to buy for your specific project once you have purchased your lesson.

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE:

On the day you will be provided with useful handouts to take home with you which contain:
– A list of tools and materials used during the lesson(s), including a description of what they are and how they are used
– A list of recommended suppliers for both leather and fittings (physically in London and online)
– A glossary containing essential key words related to the topic of the lesson
– A glossary containing information about leather types and characteristics

 

WHEN CAN THIS COURSE BE ARRANGED?

As this is private tuition, you can choose the day(s) and time(s) to come and learn from us that suits you best, within our working hours/days.
Available days:
Monday to Friday
Selected Sundays (please note that the availability for these days is limited and therefore the waiting time to book a slot for these days is generally longer)
Available time slots:
Morning slot
Day slot
Afternoon slot
Afternoon to evening slot
Time slot length:
Slots are available for 2, 3, 4 or 6 hours in a row.
Our availability:
We are generally able to book you in for your sessions 4-8 weeks from when you have contacted us after purchasing the course. Please view our available dates at the checkout.
Of course, we will always try to accommodate your needs and book you in the closest time possible, but we get fully booked quite quickly and therefore please make sure to contact us promptly to reserve your slot(s)!

LEARN HOW TO SEW LEATHER AND MAKE YOUR OWN PERSONALISED CLUTCH BAG – One to one tuition

From £207.00
After purchasing your tuition, you will be sent a link for you to book your preferred day(s) and time slot(s).
View our available dates at the checkout.
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FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TUITION

CANCELLATION AND REARRANGEMENT POLICY 

If you wish to cancel or modify your private lesson, please do so ASAP via email to: learning@thelondonleatherworkshop.com.
Full refunds are only offered if the cancellation is requested no less than three weeks before the event date.
We give our customers the possibility to rearrange their private lesson(s) when giving at least 48 hours notice.
In case of unforeseen circumstances, and the cancellation being requested the day before the lesson, we won’t be able to give a refund, but we will offer a 50% discount on a future booking.
In the unlikely event that a workshop has to be cancelled by TLLW, we will offer the choice of a full refund, a credit or the opportunity to book an alternative date. We will provide as much notice as possible.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Cutting material is usually done standing at a high table and you might be working with special glues, knives and with heavy duty industrial sewing machines.
If you have a breathing problem, any health condition we should be aware of or if any of the above might be difficult for you, please inform us as soon as possible.
You will receive Health and Safety instructions for using the studio and its equipment and you will be asked to sign a risk and liability form at the end of the induction.

ACCESSIBILITY

Our studio is located on the ground floor with three steps down at the entrance. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we do not have wheelchair facilities.

FACILITIES

Wifi is available in the studio.
Teas and coffees will be provided by us.
For 3+ hours long sessions we will have a 15 minutes break, for 6+ hours long sessions we will have a half hour lunch break.
There are two coffee shops and free parking spaces on site.
We run a variety of courses which are related to this topic and that would allow you to expand your knowledge. Please find the complete list of courses HERE.
We also provide the opportunity for people to practise on our sewing machines, tools and studio space.
We reserve a special discount for people who have previously been a student of ours. If you book any of our courses or our drop-in service within 6 months from the completion of a class, you will receive 10% off your next booking.
I am Sara, the director of The London Leather Workshop.
My educational background includes studies in Rome and the UK in fashion and accessory design, pattern making, garment and accessory construction, product development, and marketing and economics in the fashion field.
Alongside my work experience, I have undergone professional training in bag making in Milan and traditional leathercraft skills in Florence.
With two decades of experience in the accessory industry, I offer my professional services to startups and established brands, locally and internationally.
Through a range of private and group classes at The London Leather Workshop, I share my expertise, knowledge, and skills with aspiring leather craftspeople, individuals pursuing a career in this field, and professionals aiming to enhance their skill sets.

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