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Handsewn Leather Shoulder Bag: Online Course

Course Overview

Here it is—a perfect shoulder bag for everyday errands! This classic yet funky crossbody bag is where traditional saddle-making techniques meet contemporary styling. In this online make-a-long format class, you'll meet with fellow students and instructor Beth Down each week for four weeks as you  will learn how to craft your own unique bag. Students will receive materials by mail ahead of time, including the leather pieces with holes pre-pounded for sewing and hardware already attached (these steps require specialized tools). During the live online sessions, you'll learn how to hand-sew vegetable tanned cowhide with a two-needle saddle stitch, along with wet-molding, surface design and leather care. You'll have some work to do on your bag in between each class session, and will learn new steps each week.. With a little love this bag will last many years, developing a rich patina as it lives its life with you.

This online class will be conducted via Zoom. You will receive the meeting link when you register.

Note: Students must have good hand dexterity for hand sewing.

Session Information

Note: to give us time to mail your materials, registration for this class closes on August 28th.


Fri, Sep 25th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 1 Day
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 12-2 pm each Friday for four weeks
Intergenerational age: 14 and up with an adult
Tuition: $350.00
Materials fee: $150.00
Tuition Note: Materials fee includes shipping

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Each student will receive a packet of materials and tools in the mail for this class.
  • You will need a laptop computer or tablet with reliable internet in order to participate.

Optional Tools

Feel free to have your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course on hand.
If you use reading glasses, have them handy for this project.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.