Leather Tote Bag Making Class

Create a handcrafted leather tote bag at this workshop in New York City!

4 hours Class size 1 to 10     label $225

If you're feeling creative and looking for crafty things to do in New York City, why not come and learn all about leatherwork with this fun, hands-on class?

A tote bag is the simplest form of all bag designs: a single panel of material is stitched on two sides to create a bag and looped handles are secured on either side. Even if you have never sewed a single thing ever, you can easily design and assemble a leather tote bag that will likely last the rest of your life.

After you choose a large piece of leather in your very best signature color, you cut, punch, hammer, twist, and sew your way to leather tote greatness. You will make a bag that's approximately 13″x11″x5" and your Craftsman Ave guide will show you each step. Then they'll set you free to do the work of creating on your own.

You’ll work with tools of the trade such as mallets, anvils, rivets, and our state-of-the-art Sailrite Sewing Machine.

Whether you're looking for team building activities for a creative group or birthday gift ideas for a loved one, you're sure to end this class with a new set of skills and a stunning, versatile leather tote bag!

Knowledge required
Beginner — no previous experience is required.
What you'll get
  • All of the equipment and materials for the workshop.
  • Expert guidance from a local teacher.
  • Your finished tote to take home (approximately 13″x11″x5″).
What to bring
All supplies are provided; just bring yourself!
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday or bachelorette party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mom, anniversary gift, Xmas gift or birthday gift.

Craftsman Ave is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

See additional precautions taken   

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 at 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 4-5 people max so everyone can be safely distanced from each other.

Last-Minute Rescheduling – If a guest doesn’t feel well on the day of their workshop, they can reschedule to a later date at no cost.

Studio Cleaning – With all the wood and metal dust kicked-up in our workshops, there are some areas of our studio that will always appear a little short of “clean”. However, you can be sure that we disinfect all tools and surfaces regularly and especially before each workshop begins.

Mask-Up! – Everyone – guests and instructors – must wear a mask, at least upon entering our studio. BYOM or we’ll be happy to provide you with one. After you arrive, we'll talk about everyone's vaccination status. Masks will only be removed if everyone present is vaccinated AND comfortable with proceeding without masks - otherwise we'll remain masked throughout the workshop. We will also have plenty of gloves available.

Hand Washing/Sanitizing – You’ll find plenty of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our space and everyone will be asked to clean their hands before each workshop.

Upgraded Ventilation – We’ve upgraded the air handling systems in our studio, effectively doubling the airflow through our space. If any icky things make it into the studio air, they’ll be quickly whisked out by our exhaust system.

Distanced Workstations – For

117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Your teacher
Craftsman Ave
Craftsman Ave

5.0 (8)

We transform "regular folks" into welders, woodworkers, welders, jewelry makers, leather crafters, knife forgers, and stained glass artisans in just one workshop. Our hands-on workshops are taught by local makers, artists & designers in Brooklyn.
Locally owned and operated since 2015, Craftsman Ave is a destination to connect people who want to learn how to do new things with a skilled and likable craftsman who can show them how to do those things in a straight forward, fun, and non-condescending manner. You can make cool stuff while supporting the makers and artists of NYC who we hire to lead our workshops.

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Kamnar Kwok Aug 2022

Great class, nice and slow pace with a lot of hard hammering. I will definitely take another class with craftsman Ave.

Leather Tote Bag Making Class review by Kamnar Kwok

Jadira Mora May 2022

This class is so worth it. Will and Massimo were great instructors and extremely patient and kind. The variety colors and straps make it so you truly feel like your bag is one of a kind. I loved being able to craft with my mom and learn a new skill. The space is cozy and welcoming and overall an amazing atmosphere and class. Thank you
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