Hand-stitched perforated bag detail

Hand-stitched perforated bag detail


This  practical course introduces the design and construction of the hand-stitched fashion handbag.  

This course is open to beginners, and allows students who have attended the Design a Handbag weekend to make up their own design. Beginners will have the chance to follow the original programme outlined below, choosing from a selection of our prepared patterns.

Working in premium vegetable-tanned leathers and fine calf skin, you will discover how to:

  • Select the correct leather for hand-stitching and lining
  • Understand grain and pattern layout for professional cutting
  • Master the art of saddle-stitching by hand, using twin needles and linen thread
  • Practice  three different seam constructions, and learn how they can be used in design
  • Experiment with scoring and folding to create volume and form
  • Trial different construction options for handles, zips and pockets
  • Make a hand stitched leather handbag

 Intermediate and continuers can:

  • Refine your skills by practicing advanced techniques including butt-stitch and box-stitch
  • Learn how to create moulded gussets and inset seams
  • Practice pared, turned, piped and bound edges
  • Design your own pattern for a hand-stitched bag

There may also be the opportunity to explore surface processes including embossing, stud work and stamped decoration.



Materials to the value of £30 are included in the price of this course, and you will be given a full information pack on tools, equipment and suppliers. Katherine will supply a selection of her own classic/contemporary patterns to choose from, with the option of adapting them to your own design.

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Finsbury Park, email for details.


Places – 8
Dates – Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April 2018
Cost – £330.00


  • Materials to the value of £30
  • Use of specialist equipment
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Suppliers information pack

Additional tools and materials will be availabe to purchase on request