More Leatherwork – Make a Small Satchel Style Bag

Tutor: Ruth Pullan

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.


Typically for a max of 7 people.

Full Day

← Back to search

Join leatherworker Ruth Pullan for an intensive day learning to make a small hand stitched satchel style leather bag – probably slightly larger than the one depicted but please note the slightly longer day to allow for this.

Previous knowledge of leather work will be assumed so you must previously have attended Ruth’s introductory workshop or similar, and be familiar with saddle stitching….there is quite a lot of stitching which can be hard on the hands so you really need to know that you can stay the course!

On this day you will learn about leatherworking tools and techniques. You will dye and decorate pre prepared leather pattern pieces for the body and gusset of the bag, cut and make holes for buckles, straps and attachments, and then stitch and finish your beautiful bag to take home.

You can choose to make your bag using the natural leather colour or Ruth has a selection of water based dyes available. Choose from grass green, brick red, yellow ochre or conker brown.

Note there is a £40 materials charge payable to the tutor. (Due to rising material costs this is a small increase in the original cost quoted.)

Click on the title below to find a list of additional items you’ll need to bring with you.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

All materials and specialist tools will be provided, however the following things would be useful to bring:

- Paper/notebook
- Soft measuring tape
- Dyes will be used so wear old clothes or bring an apron!

In addition, if you happen to have either of the following it would reduce waiting time for equipment:

- a rotary hole puncher
- a marking awl (sharp pointy tool for marking)

Related Courses

Bookbinding - Leather Wrap Books

Bookbinding - Leather Wrap Books

Thu, 17 Oct 2024

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kate Bowles makes handbound books using recycled papers and fabric. Join her to make your own leather wrap book. During this one-day workshop you will be introduced to the heritage craft of bookbinding...


Register Interest

All Levels

-1 spaces available

Blacksmithing - Sculptural Flowers for the Garden

Blacksmithing - Sculptural Flowers for the Garden

Sun, 27 Oct 2024

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Forge your own gorgeous gifts on this hands-on day whether you are new to blacksmithing or want to try your hand at something different. Blacksmith/sculptor Adrian Wood brings forges and anvils and you...


Register Interest

All Levels

0 spaces available

View all heritage-crafts courses

View all leatherwork courses

Your email will be used to communicate ArtisOn news, special offers, new dates etc via our quarterly email newsletter. We will not share this information with any other organisations or use it for any other purpose.