Make a leather shoulder bag with Jeremy and Carla Bonner

Ref: SLW09053


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About this course

Working from templates make a simple shoulder bag using vegetable tanned leather. After cutting, punching, edge finishing, hand stitching and riveting, you will go home with an A4 sized bag on your shoulder.

Course Description

Using traditional hand tools you will begin by making a basic travel wallet, and then put into practice the skills learnt to make your shoulder bag.

For the first evening session, Jeremy and Carla will complete a short health & safety talk, and then introduce the materials and tools that you will be working with to make your bag.

Jeremy and Carla will work alongside you demonstrating each process, and the tools to complete them. You will work from templates with traditional hand tools and stitching techniques, and shown how to attach straps, closures and fixings.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of leather for the travel wallet and shoulder bag (A4 size).

What students need to bring

  • Sensible covered footwear - essential in the workshop
  • Notebook and pencil


Jeremy and Carla Bonner

Jeremy and Carla Bonner established Bonner Leather Studio in 2014 just outside Cirencester, where they work together. Jeremy graduated from Birmingham School of Art and Carla graduated from Newcastle on Tyne Polytechnic.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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