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Sew a Leather Tote Bag

4.8(8 reviews)
Make your own fabulous handbag from wonderful durable leather. You choose the style and colour and work entirely with reclaimed leather.
Leyton
In-person
£140 pp
6hrs
Beginner
Next available date:29th June 2022
What happens in this class?

You will learn the techniques involved in sewing handbags by producing your own leather bag.

The course includes:

-Choosing the style -Selecting leathers -Cutting leather accurately -Using leather tools -Using an industrial sewing machine -Fitting hardware -Making handles You may choose to add personal touch like pressing your name somewhere on your bag.

This course is suitable for total beginners. Bag making is hard and intricate work, but totally satisfying. When you make your own bag, you love it more and loved bags last longer!

Things to remember

Bag making is hard work so we will need to keep our energy up! Please bring some food to bring with you or be prepared for a quick lunch from a local shop or cafe. Drinks and a snack are included in the price.

Latest Reviews
4.8(8 reviews)
Jade - 23 April 2022
Overall, I am very happy with the bag I made. Eli had a some great leathers to pick from and all the tools and materials needed. She offered good advice and helped when needed. Eli was lovely to chat to. However, there are a couple of things that made me give the workshop 3 stars. The main one being that I felt like the workshop could have been better prepared - having a clean work space, tools ready, machine ready, other examples to show different styles. Eli felt a bit scattered and unorganised, meaning that I didn't get to properly finish the straps as this step was forgotten. The workshop was freezing. We used heaters but it was so cold and a note to bring layers would have been very helpful. And lastly, the description says: Drinks and a snack are included in the price, they were not. I paid for a tea for Eli. There was also no time for a lunch break, so I'd encourage the description to be changed or for a proper break to be factored into the timing. I am very happy with my creation and did have a nice time, but feel that for the price of the workshop more thinking and attention could go into the overall experience!
Justine - 4 March 2022
Thank you Eli for reigniting my love of making! This was a brilliant workshop to attend, in a well equipped space, surrounded by people who were all willing to help. I am delighted with my completed saddle bag, & great to be able to customise this to what I wanted too! Thank you for all your expertise, good humour & patience - you are a brilliant teacher!
Alcia - 17 February 2022
Great session, and I love the finished bag. Lisa was very helpful and even stayed late so that I could finish.
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Age Requirement

14All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Flexible cancellation policy

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

Your Teacher

Love and Salvage is trying to plug a gap - creating durable fashion accessories from waste materials and teaching others the skills to do the same!

Working with leather and bag and shoe making is easy. The workshops demystify techniques so that students leave with the knowledge to approach their own more complex projects.

We work with local furniture businesses collecting their waste leathers and fabrics to turn into accessories. So students have a huge range of trendy colours and textures to choose from. All abilities are supported in small classes in the designers own home.

Class Location
Love and Salvage
Leyton
Unit 12, 17 Argall Avenue
E10 7QE
London

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Sew a Leather Tote Bag

Reviews

Jade - 23 April 2022
Overall, I am very happy with the bag I made. Eli had a some great leathers to pick from and all the tools and materials needed. She offered good advice and helped when needed. Eli was lovely to chat to. However, there are a couple of things that made me give the workshop 3 stars. The main one being that I felt like the workshop could have been better prepared - having a clean work space, tools ready, machine ready, other examples to show different styles. Eli felt a bit scattered and unorganised, meaning that I didn't get to properly finish the straps as this step was forgotten. The workshop was freezing. We used heaters but it was so cold and a note to bring layers would have been very helpful. And lastly, the description says: Drinks and a snack are included in the price, they were not. I paid for a tea for Eli. There was also no time for a lunch break, so I'd encourage the description to be changed or for a proper break to be factored into the timing. I am very happy with my creation and did have a nice time, but feel that for the price of the workshop more thinking and attention could go into the overall experience!
Justine - 4 March 2022
Thank you Eli for reigniting my love of making! This was a brilliant workshop to attend, in a well equipped space, surrounded by people who were all willing to help. I am delighted with my completed saddle bag, & great to be able to customise this to what I wanted too! Thank you for all your expertise, good humour & patience - you are a brilliant teacher!
Alcia - 17 February 2022
Great session, and I love the finished bag. Lisa was very helpful and even stayed late so that I could finish.
Anonymous - 16 January 2022
It was a fantastic experience! I went alone and met lovely people there and made a fantastic quality bag! We could pick the style of the bag we wanted and the colours. Eli was really lovely - what I enjoyed most is that she supported all creative ideas, even if they didn’t fit the standard approach. She was super enthusiastic and supportive! The location was a little out of the way and not too easy to find, but it was totally worth it once there! Looking forward to going back for another class!! Thank you Eli!
Steph Woodley - 22 November 2021
Eli was really informative and helpful. I made a great tote bag and my daughter a stunning saddle bag. Nothing was too much trouble. Good to have some time just to make something that's lovely and also practical. Need to make some shoes now!
Laura - 13 October 2021
Excellent workshop. I really enjoyed the day and made a fantastic bag. The tutor, Eli, was very good. I highly recommend making a tote bag workshop
Angela - 1 May 2019
I had a great day with Eli! I learned so much about working with leather. What once seemed daunting to me ended up seeming so simple and easy under Eli's great tuition. I ended up with a gorgeous yellow bag that I proudly use on a daily basis. (Eli has so many lovely leathers to choose from) And I look forward to making more bags using the knowledge I gained from my day with Eli.
Philippa - 12 February 2019
Attending Eli’s workshop was a fantastic day, she is very friendly and enthusiastic and wants you to end up with the leather bag of your dreams!! Her studio was comfortable and during the workshop Eli was able to spend a lot of time assisting and showing me (a novice) how to make an amazing bag.