One Day Leather Bag Workshop

Learn to create your own unique bag at this day-long leather workshop!

Rosanna Clare

Rosanna Clare


7 hours Class size 1 to 2     label £165

Spark your creativity with this beginners' leatherworking class in Guildford! Hosted by an experienced local artisan at her studio in the gorgeous Surrey countryside, this all day course will give you all the skills you need to craft a stunning and practical leather bag that you can use every day, or give as a fantastic gift for a special occasion.

Encompassing all aspects of the leather working process, from selecting the right leather to punching holes, stitching and finally embossing, this all-day course is the ideal starting point for this fun, sustainable hobby. Don't worry if this is your first time, as you friendly leathercraft expert will be on hand throughout the day to offer tips, tricks and help if needed.

Whether you're coming alone or as a duo — the class makes a brilliant bonding activity for couples, friends or family! — you'll leave with a gorgeous leather bag you've made yourself, plus the skills to continue the craft for years to come.

Knowledge required
What you'll get
  • All materials and equipment provided.
  • A handmade leather tote or fold-over clutch bag to bring home.
  • All the coffee and tea you can drink!
What to bring
  • A packed lunch; alternatively, there is a cafe next door to the studio.
  • You're welcome to bring a leather jacket or garment with you to upcycle if you wish.

Cranleigh, England

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Rosanna Clare
Rosanna Clare


I am a professional leatherworker with years of experience under my (handmade) belt! With a former life as a Design & Technology teacher, and a Masters degree in Textiles from UAL, I pursued my love of leather to develop a range of courses to pass on my knowledge and experience to others. Within just two years of setting up my business, I was commissioned to write the now very popular leathercraft book Sew Luxe Leather, published in 2018.

Part of my ethos is sustainability, reducing waste by utilising leather in every form. I love designs that use up the smallest pieces of leather, such as earrings and coasters made from offcuts. My inventiveness with ‘waste’ has led to my taking part in the BBC TV programme ‘Money for Nothing’ where products destined for the tip are transformed by artisans like me.

I am passionate about being able to pass on my knowledge of leathercraft to others by running a series of fun workshops. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned leather crafter looking for your next project, I cater for both individuals with one-to-one tuition, and groups of up to six at my Surrey studio. I can also cater to larger groups at other venues, which are ideal for team-building activities or away days.

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