5-Day Bag Making Workshop

I Can Make Bags in-person workshops! 🌟

Hosted in our lovely London studio, we're opening doors to a limited number of students who want to learn the craft of bag making in person.

5-Day Bag Making Workshop

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Learn to craft your own luxury handbags in our 5-Day Bag Making Workshop, situated in the heart of London.

Over the past 13 years, we've taught thousands of people how to make their own shoes in our highly acclaimed, 5-star rated shoemaking workshops. Today, we're expand our teaching into the realm of bag making.

Specifically tailored for complete beginners, this workshop is designed to transform a passion into a tangible and valuable skill.

Our commitment to excellence goes beyond teaching; we take pride in maintaining small class sizes, ensuring each participant receives personalised attention and dedicated one-on-one time with our expert instructor.

Workshop Structure

Our workshops run for 5 consecutive days from 10am to 4pm, with a 1-hour lunch break.

Please note that for more advanced styles, you may be required to complete some hand-stitching from home in preparation for the next day.

Day 1

On Day 1, you will select a design from our range of pre-developed bag patterns, and choose from our selection of beautiful leathers, we will also teach you about the different types of leather, reinforcements and hardware used in luxury bagmaking. We will also learn expert knife skills as you cut your pieces in preparation for assembling your bag.

Day 2

On Day 2, we will start by teaching you the expert hand-stitching techniques used by luxury bag ateliers. Once your lining has been prepared we will start the assembly process, using your new-found hand-stitching skills to start piecing together your bag. We usually start on the inside by adding internal pockets to the bag.

Day 3

On Day 3, your handcrafted bag will continue to take form as your skills progress. On this day we will usually be working on top handles and adding any necessary hardware to your bag.

Day 4

On Day 4, your bag will continue to take its form, with a focus on additional pieces, specifically, removable or adjustable cross-body straps. 

Day 5

On Day 5, the final day, you will add the finishing touches to your work, and intricately paint your leather edges for a professional-looking finish.

What styles can I choose from?

During this workshop you'll have time to make one of the following handbags.

Baguette Bag

This bag comes in two sizes and has an adjustable strap so it can easily go from a shoulder handbag to cross-body bag.

The bag is fully lined with an inside pocket.

Mini Bowling Bag

This little bag packs a lot more into it than you'd think! She's got a lovely big base meaning it's got that cute mini handbag look whilst still being a practical bag.

The bag has rolled handles, a top zip and an optional cross-body strap. She's also fully lined with an inside pocket.

Top Handle Bag

This little bag is perfect for day to night. She fits way more than you'd think and closes securely with a magnetic fastening.

The bag has a structured base and top handle. She's also fully lined with an inside pocket.

Tote Bag

This everyday tote bag has a top zip and reinforced rolled handles.
It's fully lined with with pockets galore, fitting all of your daily essentials including laptop, water bottle, lunchbox or even a stack of nappies!


I Can Make Bags

The Pillbox,
115 Coventry Rd,
London E2 6GH,
United Kingdom

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Did you know?

If our workshop dates are all sold out and you would like to get started right away, then our Online Bag Making Course might be perfect for you.

Inside the course, you'll find pre-recorded lessons covering 6 bag styles - the same designs as on the 5-day workshop.

The course is super easy to follow and on top of this, we've included bonus tutorials on things like working with different materials, and general bag making tips & tricks.

Discover more details about our Online Bag Making Course.

Additional Information & FAQs

Our 5-day workshop is quite a fast-paced workshop. As we prepare each students' patterns, components and hardware in advance, we kindly ask that you choose a design from our selection above.

At this time, we cannot accommodate design tweaks or changes during the workshop. Thanks so much for your understanding!

Buuuut, you will be able to choose your leathers from our selection. 😉

Our workshops are designed for total beginners. If you're an experienced or advanced bag maker, this workshop may not meet your requirements. It's best to reach out to us beforehand at info@icanmakebags.com to discuss your expectations.

In our 5-day workshops, your bag patterns will be prepared for you ahead of time. You will be able to take your bag patterns with you at the end of the workshop. 😊

If you would like to use vegan materials, we recommend that you contact us before booking your place so we can discuss possibilities. Please email us at info@icanmakebags.com and we'll be in touch!

We have a strict no-refund policy on all of our in-person workshops.

If you have booked onto one of our in-person workshops and would like to reschedule to a later date, you must give us a minimum of 2 weeks notice. We will accommodate a date change where possible. Please note that we are unable to reschedule your attendance if you give us less than 2 weeks notice.

If for any reason you are unable to attend the entirety of the workshop you booked onto, we are unable to compensate you for any missed time or reschedule you to a later date.