Class #83

Making Leather Handbags

Molly Grant

October 31 - November 6, 2021

instructor imageThis leather handbag class will introduce you to the basics of pattern design and sewing on portable, industrial sewing machines. You will learn to create interesting pockets and install zippers, learn different ways to make knots, straps and tassels and learn creative ways to add interesting leather details into your own unique projects.

The class starts with a morning lesson on the sewing machines. Then you’ll choose from an array of fine leathers to use for your beginning projects: three or four small bags in various styles, with a concentration on techniques that will be used again on your big project—a roomy tote bag. You can use your own creativity to make your customized tote.

Sewing machine experience is helpful. If you happen to have your own portable industrial sewing machine, you are welcome to bring it along.

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, payable to Molly during class, for assorted high quality leathers, zippers, zipper pulls, tapestry fabric, pattern papers and straps to make several small handbags and one large handbag

Pricing (per person):
$1120 Dorm Room Package*
$1220 Two-Person Room Package*
$1835 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$625 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 5 meals