Words to describe Jess Wootten, Cordwainer and Leather Craftsman at “Wootten” - second generation shoe maker / bespoke + beautifully handcrafted / local producer of quality slow fashion / the bloody friendliest bloke this side of the Yarra! Now if that doesn’t lure you in, this certainly will - hand make your very own leather handbag under the instruction of Jess! Who Wootten want to take part in this workshop, I ask? Imagine boasting a fancy handbag THAT YOU MADE YOURSELF!

Join us in this highly anticipated workshop on Saturday 1st April (this is no joke) – get in quick as these seats are hot to trot and strictly limited! Last time we sold out and had a waiting list so you don't want to miss out on the magic!

Important Info

The Windsor Workshop is located on level 1 of 115 Chapel Street, Windsor.  Windsor train station is a 4 minute walk, or jump off at Duke Street stop on Tram 78.  All day parking is available behind Paint Spot, Windsor (opposite the station) for around $7/day.

Our workshops are suitable for persons 16 years or older.

You may be photographed at this event.

Terms and Conditions/ Cancellations

The Windsor Workshop reserves the right to cancel any scheduled workshop.  The reasons this may occur are (a) if a workshop does not reach the minimum number of students or (b) an Artist or Workshop Facilitator falls ill.  In the unfortunate circumstance of a workshop being cancelled, students will be notified at least 2 days before the commencement of the workshop and a credit note will be issued to be used at a later date.  Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds if the class is cancelled. 

If you are unable to attend your workshop, please let us know within four days of your workshop and we will give you a credit note to be used at a later date, or transfers are available upon request. No credit notes will be issued for cancellations when less than four working days' notice is given.

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Class Schedule

Saturday 1 April, 2pm - 6pm

What you will learn
  • How to hand cut and hand sew leather
  • How to ‘finish’ the leather
  • How to select and grade leathers
What you will get
  • A fine piece of Australian tan leather from Ballarat, plus all the materials you will need to hand sew your handsome leather bag
  • A once-off, student only special offer on the purchase of a beautiful Wootten apron
  • Food, glorious food! Have you seen our grazing table? Let’s just say we not only feed your minds, but we feed your tummies too. We will nourish you with an array of fine food, designed to fuel your body ready to produce that final masterpiece!
  • Oh, and a glass or two of delicious sparkling wine...

What to bring
  • Please bring bucket loads of enthusiasm - you will be unleashing your unfounded creativity.
What to wear

Comfortable and casual

Appropriate for

This class is for all skill levels


The Windsor Workshop

Vendor since 2015

We are a creative hub for the arts / crafts / design movement providing workshops and events to inspire.

We seek out and promote local Melbourne based Artists.

We unleash the unexplored creativity in people.

We provide a social gathering for people to slow down and team up.

We create a sensory experience that will get people talking.

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12 April 2017 • Leather Bag Workshop – Wootten (April)

What a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. Jesse was friendly, approachable and very informative. I left with a beautiful clutch bag having had no experience working with leather before. I would whole heartedly recommend this workshop. Thanks for a lovely day guys


11 April 2017 • Leather Bag Workshop – Wootten (April)

My sister and I attended this class and it was absolutely fantastic! The space was great and we were well taken care of with good food, good wine, and good people. The bag we got to make was beautiful and I am excited to use my new skills on future projects. And last but definitely not least, Jess from Wootten was a awesome teacher, extremely friendly and provided easy to follow instructions.


05 April 2017 • Leather Bag Workshop – Wootten (April)

It was a great class taught be the very talented Jesse Wootten and hosted by the always lovely hostesses with the mostest Bel & Bree. The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable and it was great to walk away with a beautiful leather bag made by me.