Calfskin Cross Body Bag Making Workshop

Make your very own versatile small crossbody bag.


Make your very own versatile small crossbody bag from a selection of premium grade Italian leathers. You'll get expert guidance and throughout your workshop you'll be cutting your leather, marking out & chisel punching out all your stitching holes, setting hardware, waxing threads, making your shoulder strap, burnishing edges and finally bringing it all together by hand stitching using a traditional leather Saddle Stitch, a thread with a needle at each end. The final bag size is approx 40cms . A bag this size will easily fit an A4 folio. You can of course make your crossbody bag smaller or larger if preferred, if you wish to create a larger mail bag, a supplemental charge for the leather is available. With my expert guidance throughout your workshop you'll be cutting your leather, marking out and chisel punching out your stitch holes, setting any hardware, waxing your threads, burnishing your edges and then finally bringing it all together by hand stitching using a traditional leather Saddle Stitch.

Note that this is a very busy and full day of making requiring lots of concentration at each stage of creating your very own unique bag. If you've not worked with leather before or have no other transferable craft skills we suggest that for you to get the most from this bag workshop, that you take one of our shorter workshops first to build up your familiarisation and skills base. We provide teas/coffees biscuits throughout the day. You are welcome to bring along a packed lunch and eat as you're making! We look forward to meeting you, and seeing your finished bag.

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What you will learn

  • The basics of working with leather.
  • To design and construct their own leather bag.
  • Learn traditional leather saddle stitch.

What you will get

  • Students will leave with own designed and fabricated crossbody bag.

What to bring

  • Just your enthusiasm!

What to wear

Casual clothing and enclosed shoes.

Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!

Masterful Makers - Luxury DIY Workshops. 

The Art of being a maker!

Makers take raw materials and transform them into objects of desire. 

It is an art form, it is a craft, and it can be learned!

Come and experience a workshop with Masterful Makers. In as little as 2 hours you can walk out with a piece of handmade jewellery, luxurious leather bag, stunning knotted mala or your own personalized luxury skincare products. All designed and crafted by you!

Let me introduce myself, I am Victoria White, a one-woman dynamo/mad scientist/designer & maker of crafts. I am the owner of Masterful Makers and offer boutique workshops from my studio.  

My love for art, the history of man and pretty shiny things came together while being pregnant with my daughter and working for the Museum of African American Art in Florida. I fell in love with African trade beads. They were historical in context and heavy with human drama. They were an artefact, an antique and pretty. Pairing the few trade beads I had with semi-precious stones and sterling silver wire I began to make my first wrapped earrings. It was very therapeutic and relaxing, until my husband (at the time) saw the box of earrings I had made and took them to work. He returned that afternoon and presented me with a box of money, after having sold them all to his work colleagues! And that is how all this madness began. 

That was a bit over 25 years ago. And here we are now!

I have my BA in art history and a Diploma in Visual Arts and Silversmithing. 

I use my workshops to pass on my skills and knowledge so that you too will see just how enjoyable being a Maker can be. Coming away with personally designed and created pieces!

I am Victoria White and Making is my passion, let me make it yours as well!

Come and experience a Masterful Makers Workshop!

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Masterful Makers - Luxury DIY Workshops offers credit notes. We require 7 days notice prior to the start of a workshop to change the workshop time and date.

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