Leather Belt Making (short course)

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Why study this course?

This three-session course will introduce you to the craft of belt making as well as giving you an understanding of leathers and tools.

More about this course

The Leather Belt Making short course is a workshop-based course that will introduce you to the skills used in bridlework. The course is suitable for anyone with little or no experience of leatherwork as you'll be taught leatherworking skills, which will enable you to make a leather belt.

You'll learn how to cut a leather strap accurately and use decorative tooling, hand dyeing and finishing. You'll also learn about belt hardware and how it is fitted. Small class sizes and plenty of hands-on opportunities mean that most students come away with two belts and will have practised a variety of techniques with emphasis on hands-on application, such as:

  •      cutting leather straps
  •      bevelling leather
  •      burnishing and creasing cut edges
  •      riveting
  •      skiving leather
  •      edge staining
  •      saddle stitch
  •      hand stitching
  •      machine sewing
  •      punching holes ready for buckles
  •      making and fitting keepers 
  •      finishing and polishing

This leather belt making short course is hands-on, and advice and guidance is available throughout using a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques.

By the end of the course, you'll have learnt:

  • about different types of leathers and their different uses 
  • about various tools, materials and techniques
  • how to cut and hole punch vegetable tanned leather
  • how to hand stitch and machine sew leather
  • how to personalise or pattern leather by stamping and carving
  • how to apply professional edge finishing and polishing using leather dyes for edges and cover


Tutor profile

Read more about course tutor Franco Marinelli.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

The course is suited to those with little or no experience and for those with an interest in working with leather. This is a practical course so requires a degree of manual dexterity.

What our students say

"A very good course, well taught..."

Course dates

Course dates Dates to be confirmed
Length One day a week for three sessions
Day and time Saturday, 11.30pm to 5.30pm?
Maximum class size 8
Contact hours 15


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

In addition to the course fees, there is a charge for materials of up to £15.

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.