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Craft a Custom Leather Bag

Unleash your creativity and master the art of leatherwork as you design and handcraft your very own one-of-a-kind leather bag. Discover the fundamentals of cutting, burnishing, riveting, and sewing leather while using specialized tools and techniques. Join us at Craftsman Ave and leave with a stunning leather bag and the skills to create more leather masterpieces.

  • Beginner
  • 18 and older
  • $245
  • 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY
  • 4 hours
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What you'll learn in this bag class:

Leather is an incredibly versatile material that can be used to make a multitude of beautiful, durable things – from stylish clothing to shoes to virtually indestructible luggage, among many other items. In this workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of leatherwork by crafting your own custom leather bag.

You’ll begin this workshop by designing your bag. We’ll provide a large selection of high quality leather for you to choose from for your bag’s sides. We’ll have lots of bold and bright colors, as well as subtle, classic ones. We’ll also provide several color choices for your bag’s straps, which you’ll cut to the perfect length for you.

After making your selections, you’ll begin transforming them into your custom bag. You’ll learn the skills of cutting, burnishing, riveting, and sewing leather. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to the tools of the trade such as bevelers, dies, anvils, and rivets, as well as our state-of-the-art Sailrite Sewing Machine.

At the end of this workshop, you’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind leather bag that you crafted with your own hands, as well as all the bragging rights that go along with it. You’ll also leave with the knowledge and skills needed to make most anything out of leather.

What You’ll Be Making: A handcrafted leather bag approximately 13″x11″x5″

What’s You’ll Be Doing: Using specialized leather craft tools including punches, rivet setters, anvils, and an industrial grade sewing machine.

Click here if you want to book for the Date Night couple class instead.

Skill Level: Beginner — no previous experience is required.

Important Notes:
It’s our business to bring people together to make things and use tools that most New Yorker’s couldn’t and wouldn’t use in their homes.

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations or rescheduling requests 7 business days or more prior to start of a workshop can receive a 95% refund (less one time enrollment fee) or full credit towards a future workshop.
  • Cancellations or rescheduling requests between 7-3 business days prior to start of a workshop will receive a credit of 50% towards a future workshop.
  • Cancellations or rescheduling requests made within 3 business days prior to start of a workshop will not receive any refund or credit.

All cancellation/rescheduling requests should be sent directly to [email protected]

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Craftsman Ave (525)

(4.7-star rating across 525 reviews)
  • Craft a Custom Leather Bag

    Reviewed by Carlee S. on 3/20/2024
    Ranger was fantastic! I would take another class with them any day. In between clear instructions and the fire playlist they let us take the lead on the sewing machines and helped us order food from a local spot so we didn't starve. Would definitely recommend this class.
  • Craft a Custom Leather Bag

    Anonymous review on 11/17/2022
    Great class, my bag came out great! I learned a lot. I would recommend this class to everyone.
  • Craft a Custom Leather Bag

    Anonymous review on 7/17/2022
    Great overall experience with the leather bag class. Max was attentive and hands on while keeping the class fun and easy going. Would recommend solo or as a group activity.
  • Craft a Custom Leather Bag

    Reviewed by Brianna E. on 4/6/2022
    This class was phenomenal! I LOVE my bag. The instructor Will was helpful and made the class fun and the owner Chris was so welcoming and personable. 1000% everyone should take this class for their own custom leather tote bag. I’m obsessed with mine!
  • Craft a Custom Leather Bag

    Reviewed by Ashley K. on 3/14/2022
    I had such a great time making the leather tote bag! I made friends, learned something new, and came home with a beautiful bag that I made!! The teachers were such a pleasure and I loved the space it was in. I cannot wait to go back and try date night with my fiancé.
  • Craft a Custom Leather Bag

    Reviewed by Sandy L. on 11/3/2021
    Great fun and the most amazing class ever. Sander is a patient and caring teacher, My friends and I had a wonderful time.
  • Craft a Custom Leather Bag

    Reviewed by Stephanie B. on 2/24/2022
  • Craft a Custom Leather Bag

    Reviewed by Nicole Marie C. on 12/7/2021
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Students of the Craft a Custom Leather Bag class highly praise the course for not only teaching valuable skills but also for providing an enjoyable, community-oriented experience. They commend instructors for their hands-on teaching style, patience, and for facilitating a fun, easy-going atmosphere. Students report leaving the class with a beautiful, self-made bag - a testimony to the knowledge and skills acquired. They also mention the added value of making new friends during the class. According to student feedback, the class is suitable for individuals as well as group activities. Quotes: 1. "Great overall experience with the leather bag class. Max was attentive and hands on while keeping the class fun and easy going." 2. "I had such a great time making the leather tote bag! I made friends, learned something new, and came home with a beautiful bag that I made!! The teachers were such a pleasure." 3. "This class was phenomenal! I LOVE my bag. The instructor Will was helpful and made the class fun and the owner Chris was so welcoming and personable."

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