Intro to Leather Sewing Workshop

Introduction to Leather Sewing

Learn to sew a leather tote bag using your domestic sewing machine!


Instructor: Nelusha McDonald

Duration: Saturday June 3rd & 10th, 10:00am-3:00pm

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate - students must have experience on sewing machine.

Cost of Class: $120 Retail/ $100 Club Price

Course Code: 18-100202

Students will learn the basics of leather bag construction, leather selection, and pattern making, as well as how to install hardware, pockets & straps.

Course Fee Includes:

  • Craft paper, hardware (D-rings, rivets, swivel clips), rubber cement, tools provided for use in class.

Students Must Bring:

  • Domestic sewing machine
  • Walking foot compatible with your machine (Kenmore option available at Sears for approx. $20)
  • Binder clips
  • Pen/pencil
  • Sharp scissors (that you don't mind becoming dull)

Required Supplies - Approximate cost $­100 Club/$130 Retail** - Available for purchase in store

  • Domestic leather needles size 16 or 18
  • CBB69 thread
  • Metal ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Leather (leather colours will vary depending on availability)
  • OLFA Knife (suggested but not essential)
  • Awl (suggested but not essential)


** Cost will vary depending on which tools you may already have, and the type of leather

About Nelusha!

I am an indie handbag designer. While I am formally trained in couture construction, my adventures in design are all about playing outside the rules. Every day I discover that with every new skill we have the courage to explore and develop, we grow to heights we couldn’t imagine we are capable of. Leather working is a perfect example of such a gift – one which I am so happy to share!

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