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Make your own Leather Bucket Bag or Saddle Bag

Join me in my Bristol studio in Montpelier to make your very own leather bag or backpack. There will be 3 styles to choose from: a saddle bag, bucket bag an...
£175 pp
What happens in this class?

Join me in my Bristol studio in Montpelier to make your very own leather bag or backpack. There will be 2 styles to choose from: a saddle bag or bucket bag. Both styles are constructed using absolutely no stitching, sewing machines or needles! Pieces are woven together with some strategically-placed rivets to keep them secure. You'll even get to choose the colour of your fully functional leather bag. The class size is limited to a maximum of 4 people to ensure you get plenty of one to one attention!


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Is this suitable for beginners?
Yes! I shall guide you through each step of the process so that you'll feel confident and learn the basic skills needed to make your sneakers.
I'm not very strong or able bodied, will I struggle?
Cutting leather, punching holes in leather and sewing leather can be hard work physically and requires some degree of strength and mobility in your hands. I can help with some of these aspects.
Is your workshop wheelchair accessible?
Yes, my studio is on the ground floor and there are no stairs. I have a normal height table for wheelchair users to work at. The toilet is on the same floor but hasn't been adapted for wheelchair users.
Do I get to choose the colour of my bag?
Yes! I have a wide range of coloured leather for you to choose from. You can mix and match leather colours to create a unique bag,
Is there parking?
There are only 4 parking spaces for the building which unfortunately cannot be booked. On street parking with parking tickets are available (max time is 3 hours but you can pop out and move your car to another bay!)
What do I do for lunch?
I'll provide teas/coffee and cake/biscuits and we'll take a short lunch break. There are plenty of independent cafe's nearby in Stokes Croft to grab lunch.
Booking Options
Private BookingFor groups of 2 to 4 guests

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Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.
Your Teacher

Esther set up Leather Needle Thread in 2016 teaching handbag making workshops in Bristol, UK. Having guided over 300 people to make their own DIY leather bags (and the odd espadrille and leather sneaker!) from scratch she learnt what they found challenging, what they enjoyed and how they developed a sense of pride in their abilities.

Esther has been a leatherworker for over 10 years and studied bag design and construction at the London College of Fashion before going on to work in the industry as a leatherworker and sample maker. The bag making kits were dreamed up because she…

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Class Location
Leather Needle Thread
Studio 2, Apperley Studios
1 St Andrews Road