Bag Making 2: Tote Bag


This course will teach you to design and create a tote bag, including design and pattern making, leather skiving and folding and attaching standard fittings. This course builds on the skills already gained in the Bag Making 1: Clutch Bag course. Pre-requisites apply.

Course content

  • Designing and pattern making
  • Cutting leather/material by hand
  • Leather skiving
  • Leather folding (beading)
  • Leather and material sewing
  • Attaching standard fittings.

Ideal for

This course is ideal for people who are interested in the craft of designing and making bags by hand. Pre-requisites apply.

Important Information

OHS requires participants to wear closed shoes. Attendance at the first session is compulsory, so that students can learn the foundational skills and processes necessary to progress in the course.

More information


Students will learn the art of bag making, and finish a tote bag.


Participants MUST have completed the Bag Making 1: Clutch Bag before enrolling in this short course.

Materials supplied

All leather and course materials are supplied. Tools will be available for use within the department.

Materials to bring



Participants will be emailed an RMIT Certificate of Participation after completion.

Additional notes



Andrew Smith

Andrew has been working in the leathergoods industry for over 30 years. He studied at the famous Cordwainers College in London, passing City & Guilds in Leathergoods Manufacture with Distinctions.
Andrew has worked as a designer, technical design/pattern maker and production co-ordinator for major leathergoods and handbag companies in England, Denmark and Australia. In Australia, he has worked for Oroton and Spencer & Rutherford.
During Andrew’s career he has produced a wide variety of leather products such as handbags, wallets, briefcases, desk accessories and general leathergoods. Andrew has been teaching short courses in leather handbag making at RMIT for several years now.
“It is a long day as I drive in after a days work to teach the class. I do this because I believe that we only have our skills and knowledge on loan. It is very important to pass these skills and experience on to the next generations.
We all started knowing nothing. Over the years teachers gave me their time to show me how and why. With time I gathered the knowledge, skills and experience in leathergoods manufacture, and so it is a great pleasure to pass them on.”

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