Make a Fabric and Leather Messenger Bag

When and Where

Dates
29 Feb 2020 - 14 Mar 2020 (20 hours, 3 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Location
Morley College London

Cost

Full fee
£195
Concession fee
£160
Senior fee
£180

Quick Facts

Availability
Yes
Tutor
Keren Brat
Course code
VFC310A

What you will learn

Ideal for beginners to the subject, learn the basic construction methods required to produce a finished messenger bag in a unisex design. Learn how to combine leather with fabric and gain skills that can be used to develop your own pieces. Working with a provided pattern, you will make a lined bag in soft leather and heavy solid coloured fabric with a zip closure and an across the body Webbing strap with a slider. No previous experience in bag making or leatherwork is required but sewing machine skills are essential.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • use a commercial pattern to cut different types of materials
  • construct a messenger bag using soft leather and fabric
  • add an interior shell using appropriate materials including linings and interfacings
  • attach suitable fastenings and fittings such as zips, sliders and metal tuck catches
  • follow instructional handouts and diagrams

Class format and activities

Following a commercial pattern, you will practice a variety of seaming and finishing techniques that will enable you to produce simple leather accessories. Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis with technical advice depending on your needs. After examining and discussing samples and examples, the tutor will demonstrate how you can use a domestic sewing machine for stitching these challenging material. The tutor will facilitate group discussions and work with students one-to-one and

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

You do not need previous experience of using this material but basic sewing machine skills are essential. English speaking / reading plus basic numeracy is desirable.

What you need to know before you enrol

• This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.
• Cutting materials is usually done standing at high tables. If this is difficult for you, please inform your tutor.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building.
• There is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
• Working with leather requires using specialist glue and knives. You will receive Health and Safety instructions for using these. If you have asthma or a breathing problem, please inform your tutor.
Please note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – this includes any liquids at all.

What you will need for your class

• a basic sewing kit: sharp heavy fabric scissors, pins, tape measure
• notepad and 2/3 colour pens, 2H pencils, sharpener and eraser,
• masking tape, paper scissors
Also:
• you will be required to purchase a materials pack from your tutor, containing everything for the course, for no more than £35 per pack. This must be given to the tutor at the start of the course.
• sewing machine bobbins will be available from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course
• paper and card are provided for use in class

What you can do next

The course provides an excellent introduction to using this challenging material or as a refresher or taster of new techniques. You may be interested in our accessories courses including Design and Make a Bag, Leather Accessories short Course,Make a Leather Purse/Wallet . Please consult the course guide.