Leatherwork – a full leather shoulder bag with Jeremy and Carla Bonner


Ref: SLW12506

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About this course

Working from templates make an A4 sized adjustable shoulder bag from vegetable tanned leather, using traditional hand tools and techniques.

Course Description

On this relaxed course you will be working from templates provided to make an adjustable leather shoulder bag from vegetable tanned leather, using traditional hand tools and techniques.

For the first evening session, Jeremy and Carla will introduce you to the materials and tools you will be working with, and throughout the course they will work along side you demonstrating each process and the tools required to complete them. Even though you will be working from templates, you will discover ample opportunity to personalise your bag as it comes together, and make it totally yours.

Some techniques and information covered during the course will include:-

• Looking at different types of leather

• How leather behaves

• Using templates

• Marking up leather

• Cutting out leather

• Paring leather

• Stitch punching

• Hand stitching

• Attaching billets

• Attaching straps

• The use of rivets

• The use of press studs

• Finishing edges


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 until 9pm, 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


  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including the leather and clasps for your bag (A4 size). Leather PVA is also included.

What students need to bring

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

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Additional leather if required.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). Please note: some strength in your hands is often needed for working with leather.


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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