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Bag Making Summer School

Bag Making Summer School

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Selina Cheong, Georgie Tym, Eting Liu


On this extensive leather bag making course you'll get the opportunity to really understand the world of bag making and working with leather. As a small group (maximum 10 students) you will explore popular bag shapes, learn basic pattern cutting techniques, understand different bag constructions, attend leather merchants, and make three bags working on industrial sewing machines. The course takes place in our Golden Lane campus, near the Barbican, where all the specialist materials and equipment you would find in industry, are available for you to use. Guided by two expert tutors, who are also working in the industry, you will make, from a pattern, your own cross body satchel, a decorative structured bag, and a bag of your own design, which will give you an opportunity to understand the different bag constructions. All leather, trimmings, materials and tools will be provided except for your last project where you will need to buy your own leather.

The course includes:

  • Pattern cutting techniques 
  • Using industrial sewing machines
  • Access to specialist leather machines
  • Stitching on the curve 
  • Leather techniques and understanding different types of leathers 
  • Guided visit to leather and fitting merchants in London 
  • Sourcing leather 
  • Industry terminology

Course Schedule:

Topic 1- Pattern cutting and machine introduction - exploring bag construction types, seams and silhouettes.

Topic 2 - Cross body bag – Increasing your understanding of curved gusset bags and develop your understanding of the bag making process and developing your machining skills. Choosing the appropriate leather for your projects.

Topic 3 - Structured bags – Introduction to the skiving machines, fittings and a different way to insert lining. Ways of finishing an edge and understanding how to create a stiffer bag using bag construction and reinforcements behind the leather.

Topic 4 - Designing your final bag – Introduction to Spec sheets for production. Understanding different types of leather and their application with a trip to leather suppliers in London. Smaller design details will also be taught in this week which will help guide towards your final design. Pattern cutting for your design and toiles making.

Topic 5 – Making your own bag – 1-1 with tutors to finalise the design of the bag and discuss the order of work and construction process for you to be able to do this by yourself in the future. Prepare all components of your design and finish your bag.

At the end of the course along with your bags you will leave with a folder of pattern and shape examples which you can reference when creating future work.


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Payment plans

Early booking will allow you to spread the cost of our Bag Making Summer School. Pay a 25% deposit (non-refundable) of total course fee followed by monthly repayments. To find out more or get your payment plan set up please call: +44 20 7514 7552

Please note, if booking course dates 12/08/2019 - 13/09/2019, there will be NO CLASS on Monday 26th August as this is a public holiday.

Tutor Description

Selina Cheong has been working in the leather accessories industry for over 8 years. She graduated from Central St Martins in 2004. Her career began as a textile designer when she retrained in accessories at Cordwainers.  She has worked freelance for a number of different designers and recently set up a partnership with another leathersmith making samples for catwalks, press pieces and pre production development, as well as small production runs. Selina’s clients range from high end luxury to young start up designers.

Georgie Tym graduated from Cordwainers at London College of Fashion and since then has worked for many luxury accessories companies, gaining extensive industry experience. Georgie is involved with the product at every stage of design and creation; from 2D to 3D realisation. Her most recent role covered the design, development, sampling and production at a tannery in Somerset, re-branding a luxury leather goods brand. She has a broad and in depth knowledge of the leather industry and enjoys sharing this as a tutor on LCF BA (HONS) CORDWAINERS FASHION BAGS AND ACCESSORIES course as well as the short courses at LCF. Georgie also continues to offer a bespoke bag making service, specialising in functional accessories for bicycles.

Read our interview with Georgie on our short course blog. 

Eting Liu began her university studies at Beijing university and then moved to UAL to complete her degree in Accessories: Product design and development in 2010. After gaining her degree she moved into the commercial sector honing her skills at one of London’s leading leatherwork studios. Seeing a gap in market for small scale design led manufacturing she set up Studio168 with fellow alumni in East London offering design consultancy, product development and production. The studio soon gained loyal customers, including brands such as Ally Capellino, Topshop , Fiona Paxton and Mawi. Running a small team Eting liu trained and imparted her knowledge and experience to others and this led her to teaching at UAL. With over 8 years industrial experience Eting has strong pattern cutting skills and specializes in carrying initial design concepts through to final production stage and taking design brief to manufacturers in both Uk and China. Eting is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Pens
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Notebook
  • Small sharp scissors
All other tools and materials, including leather and trims, will be provided and are included in the cost of the course. Please note, however, that for the final project you are encouraged to supply your own leather and fittings to best work with your design. With the guidance of your tutors you will have an opportunity in week 4 to buy from leather suppliers.  You should budget at least £50 for this part of the course.

Available dates

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