Class #19

Making Leather Handbags

Molly Grant

June 2 - June 8


instructor imageThis class will introduce you to the basics of pattern making, along with creative ways to make knots, straps and tassels, as you make several leather handbags. You値l learn the beginning steps of using a portable industrial sewing machine and unique ways to make pockets, install zippers and incorporate fun leather details into your projects. You値l start by learning how to make small zippered bags that are trimmed with leather. Then you値l make a small leather bag. After that, you値l devote the rest of the class to creating a one-of-a-kind handbag of your own design.

The class will begin with discussions on bag design and the various materials that can be used to make leather bags. On the first day, you値l learn how to use the portable industrial sewing machines, how to sew small to medium-size leather and tapestry zippered bags, how to install a leather piped zipper and some of the finer details of finishing a leather bag.

After learning and putting the basics into practice, a 澱ig project will bring out your individual creativity. You値l create your own design, choosing from a wide variety of colorful leathers.

Some sewing machine experience is helpful, but not necessary for this class. Bring a heavy duty sewing scissors and a metal ruler if you have them.

Molly Grant began leather working in her early 20s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she learned the basic skills of traditional leather working. She began by making custom hand-sewn briefcases, recreating authentic bomber jackets and designing knapsacks, handbags, clutches and other small leather items, as well as making leather clothing and designing costumes for local theater productions. She became a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in 1989 for handbags and in 2008 for shoemaking. Since the 1990s, Molly has been showing handbags and footwear at juried craft shows around the country and now focuses her energies on teaching handbag and footwear classes at her Deerfield, New Hampshire workshop and at fine craft schools across the country.

Molly will contact students prior to class.

Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $225 for assorted high quality leathers, zippers, zipper pulls, tapestry fabric, pattern papers and straps to make several small handbags and one large handbag
Web: www.cordwainershop.com

Pricing (per person):
$1045 Dorm Room Package*
$1145 Two-Person Room Package*
$1705 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$615 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals