Toronto Leather Class for Beginners

Leather Studio at The Make Den

I recently took the Leather Fundamentals class at The Make Den in Toronto and loved it! I’ve been sewing for years, but had really been wanting to try something different. This class was a perfect introduction to leather working and leaves you prepared to make multiples of your class projects or take a more advanced class. Also, all materials are provided and there’s no sewing experience required, so it’s easy to get going.

In this four week course you will learn the fundamentals of working with leather and create three pieces to take home. Each item teaches different skills (machine sewing, hand sewing, pattern cutting, grommeting, hole punching, dying, oiling, etc)  and takes about 1.3 classes to complete.

  • The first piece you make is either a passport holder, money holder, or card holder. You have the option to stamp a word or a symbol on the holder.
  • In the second class you start working on a belt. You can chose the width, finishing details, and the hardware colours.
  • In the third class you get to make a clutch / document holder / pouch. There are several different patterns for these ones and a range of sizes.

You can chose whether you want to dye your pieces or keep them natural and oiled. I chose to do my passport holder and clutch in black after a first (failed!) attempt with the tan dye dried blotchy. Tan worked well for my belt (I chose the 1” size) because of the limited surface area, so think hard about the coverage of your chosen dye and try a sample before your finished piece.


What to expect

  • Wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Come with ideas in mind for your pieces
  • Class will likely run beyond the 2 hours allocated each week
  • Be creative! A couple of the girls in my class combined their belt and clutch to make a fanny pack.