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Mastering Bags

Mastering Bags

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


This comprehensive leather bag making course offers you a unique opportunity to learn and develop all aspects of bag pattern cutting and making under the guidance of our specialist Bag Making tutors. 

Based at our Golden Lane site, you’ll have access to the full range of industrial machines used in the making as well as the different types of sewing machines used for stitching leather. You’ll learn how to click (cut your leather by hand) and how to prepare and fit the many components involved such as the hardware and linings. 

You will also have visits to leather merchants and make a variety of bags during the course which includes a cross body and structured bag as well as designing and making your own bag.

The course includes:

  • Pattern cutting techniques 
  • Industry terminology
  • Using industrial sewing machines
  • Access to specialist leather machines and treatments which may be achieved.
  • Leather techniques and understanding different types of leathers and appropriateness of selection as well as Sourcing
  • Guided visit to leather and fitting merchants in London 

You’ll start the course with an introduction to bag pattern cutting and a thorough overview of the industry.  You will then, through a series of practical demonstrations and hands-on workshops, making several styles of leather bags.  You will build up a comprehensive set of reference notes and supporting patterns for all your bags, cover information on suppliers and tools, as well as learning how to create and complete a sample specification ticket used in production. This part-time course takes place on Saturdays, over 30 weeks.


  • Creating mood/colour/materials boards
  • How to draw different styles of bags
  • Final design boards
  • Stylized drawing 
  • Technical drawing with specification sheet
  • Collection board

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

You may also be interested in other courses from our Mastering programme.

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

Dates: (Saturdays, delivered in three parts)

Part 1: 28 September 2019  - 30 November 2019
Part 2: 4 January 2020 - 7 March 2020 
Part 3: 18 April 2020 - 20 June 2020

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 Mastering Skills courses. 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:
Due to the length of this course International Students who hold a passport from a country that is outside the EEA or Switzerland must already have immigration permission to stay in the UK which covers the full length of the course and has no restrictions on studying.

Tutor Description

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.

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. 


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

  • Magazine tears, photos and research materials
  • USB stick
  • Fabrics
  • A4/A3 sketchbook
  • 3 x A3 polyboards
  • Pen and pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Scalpel and blades

As part of your research you will be required to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account.  It is unlikely you will need to spend more than £5.

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