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Traditional Crafts

Hand-Sewn Leather Toolbag

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Course Overview

In this course, students will make a small toolbag with buckle closures and a removable shoulder strap. We will learn the foundational skills of hand-sewn leatherwork, using the traditional two-needle saddle stitch and natural vegetable-tanned cowhide. We will begin with a small project and then move on to make a toolbag that you can customize with surface decoration. Skills covered will include sewing by hand with a saddle stitch, wet molding, hardware installation, pattern drafting, and leather treatment. This is a relaxing, machine-free way to construct a useful object of great beauty and integrity. Students age 16+ may sign up for this course. Youth ages 14-15 may attend if accompanied by an adult. Adult/child pairs will complete two projects and pay two materials fees.


Required Tools 

  • All tools and materials will be supplied.

Optional Tools 

  • Reading glasses if necessary


Fri, Feb 23rd, 2024  –  Sun, Feb 25th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $285.00
Materials fee: $175.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Beth Dow
Beth Dow
Minneapolis, MN

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Hand-Sewn Leather Toolbag