Craft a Custom Leather Tote Bag

at Craftsman Ave - Gowanus

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$225 4 seats left
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Gowanus, Brooklyn
117B 11th St
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this bag class:

Make a custom leather tote bag from scratch!

Leather goods have been used by humans as far back as 5,000 BCE when Egyptians crafted sandals, clothes, gloves, buckets, bottles, and burial shrouds. In this dynamic workshop, you’ll use a variety of tools and materials and join the long history of leather craftspeople by creating your very own leather tote bag.

You will select a leather color that fits your unique style and then cut, punch, hammer, twist, and sew your way to a piece that will turn heads everywhere you go. You’ll become familiar with tools such as mallets, anvils, rivets, and our state-of-the-art Sailrite Sewing Machine.

Nothing can top the versatility of a leather tote bag, so if you’re at brunch or running errands around town when an admirer asks, “Where’d you get that bag?” you can proudly say “I made it!”

What You’ll Be Making: A handcrafted leather tote bag approximately 13″x11″x5″

What’s You’ll Be Doing: You will use a variety of common, as well as specialized tools to create your piece. Tools include mallet, hole punch, rivet setter, anvil, and industrial grade sewing machine. During this workshop you’ll be flexing your muscles and handling delicate thread, so prepare for a dynamic and fun time!

Skill Level: Beginner — no previous experience is required.

Important Notes:
It’s our business to bring people together to make things and use tools that most New Yorker’s couldn’t and wouldn’t use in their homes. This is really difficult to do via Zoom. Gathering people in our post-COVID world requires that we take our guests’ safety even more seriously by implementing every possible precaution.

To ensure your safety while at a Craftsman Ave workshop, we’ve implemented the following precautions:

  • Small Class Sizes – We’ve always specialized in offering hands-on workshops for small groups of people. In the past, we limited our workshops to 8 guests. For the foreseeable future, we’ll be further limiting our workshops to everyone can be safely distanced from each other.
  • Masking - We will be following all applicable regulations regarding masking, including allowing vaccinated guests to attend workshops without a mask.
  • Hand Washing/Sanitizing – You’ll find plenty of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our space.

It’s our goal to err on the side of caution during these challenging times. If you have any questions about our precautions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Refund Policy

Cancellations or rescheduling requests 1 week or more prior to start of a workshop can receive a full refund or full credit towards a future workshop.  Cancellations or rescheduling requests between a week and two days prior to start of a workshop will receive a credit of 50% towards a future workshop. Cancellations or rescheduling requests made within two days prior to start of a workshop will not receive any refund or credit.  All cancellation/rescheduling requests should be sent directly to [email protected]  


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6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD 1 $225
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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD 1 $225
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Reviews of Classes at Craftsman Ave (408)

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Craft a Custom Leather Tote Bag
Reviewed by Brianna E. on 4/6/2022
This class was phenomenal! I LOVE my bag. The instructor Will was helpful and made the class fun and the owner Chris was so welcoming and personable. 1000% everyone should take this class for their own custom leather tote bag. I’m obsessed with mine!
Craft a Custom Leather Tote Bag
Reviewed by Ashley K. on 3/14/2022
I had such a great time making the leather tote bag! I made friends, learned something new, and came home with a beautiful bag that I made!! The teachers were such a pleasure and I loved the space it was in. I cannot wait to go back and try date night with my fiancé.
Craft a Custom Leather Tote Bag
Reviewed by Sandy L. on 11/3/2021
Great fun and the most amazing class ever. Sander is a patient and caring teacher, My friends and I had a wonderful time.
Craft a Custom Leather Tote Bag
Reviewed by Stephanie B. on 2/24/2022
Craft a Custom Leather Tote Bag
Reviewed by Nicole Marie C. on 12/7/2021
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