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Professional Leather Handbag Design

A course by Lili Storella
Leather Maker. Littleton, United States.
Joined May 2021
, Leather Maker

Learn the foundations of working with leather to create bespoke bags using professional crafting techniques

  • Best seller
  • 99% positive reviews (168)
  • 6376 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn the foundations of working with leather to create bespoke bags using professional crafting techniques

  • 99% positive reviews (168)
  • 6376 students
  • 22 lessons (3h 28m)
  • 8 additional resources (0 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Leather craftwork allows you to sculpt durable, functional accessories that connect with the people who wear them. Leather maker Lili Storella uses it as a way to express herself and share her story. She designs and creates unique handbags that are sold around the world.

In this course, she teaches you the foundations of working with leather to create a bespoke bag using her 3D sculpture method. Learn to design functional accessories with your own two hands and share your style with the world.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Design, Preparation, and Technique
  • U3
    U3. Making a Minibag
  • U4
    U4. Assemble
  • U5
    U5. Adding Extra Touches
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know leather maker Lili Storella. She talks through how she went from a career in graphic design to crafting leather bags. Then hear about the influences which have inspired her career as a creative.

Discover Lili’s 3D sculpture method for creating handbags. Then delve into the tools needed for this course, from hardware to wax, and see how Lili uses them in her creative process. Learn more about leather, pattern making, saddle stitching, and edge painting.

Lili walks you through the steps needed to make your own handbag. Begin with a design that is both beautiful and functional before creating a drawing of the structure, making a pattern, and a sequence for assembling your parts. Prepare your materials and cut them, ready for assembling.

Learn how to crease, punch, stitch and edge paint your bag. Make your own unique padding details and closure design, which is the part of the course Lili considers the most creative! Then put all the parts together using your assembly sequence from earlier in the course.

Lili walks you through the process of embossing a logo or your initials onto the bag to customize it. Then, to finish the course, hear her tips and tricks for improving your designs, from stepping out of your comfort zone to practicing the techniques you’ve learned.

What is this course's project?

Design and craft your own refined leather handbag with an invisible magnetic closure.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in making their own accessories or learning to work with leather.

Requirements and materials

Previous experience working with leather and the materials in this course is recommended.

You will need a cutter, an electrical creasing machine, a hammer, and other materials specified by the teacher in this course.


6376 Students
168 Reviews
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Lili Storella

A course by Lili Storella

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Leather Maker

Lili Storella is a leather maker based in the USA. Growing up, she was always interested in drawing and expressing herself through making things. She went on to study drawing professionally and received a degree in graphic design. From there, she worked as a graphic designer for eight years before discovering her passion for working with leather.

Lili began making small items for family and friends, but soon turned her love of leather craftwork into her own brand, Mila.jito. She now sells accessories like bags, passport holders, belts, and watch straps around the world and shares her creations with over 50K followers on Instagram.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Design, Preparation, and Technique

    • Technique Foundations 2
    • Material and Tools
    • Design
    • Technique Foundations 1
  • U3

    Making a Minibag

    • Design
    • Pattern Making
    • Preparation
    • Cut the Leather
    • Cut the Reinforcement Material
  • U4


    • Assemble the Individual Parts 1
    • Assemble the Individual Parts 2
    • Creasing, Punching, Stitching and Edge Painting 1
    • Creasing, Punching, Stitching and Edge Painting 2
    • To Learn More 1
    • To Learn More 2
    • Make the Closure Part 1
    • Make the Closure Part 2
    • Final Assemble
  • U5

    Adding Extra Touches

    • Tips and Tricks
    • Hot Stamp Logo and Initial
  • FP

    Final project

    • Professional Leather Handbag Design

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Professional Leather Handbag Design. Craft, and Fashion course by Lili Storella Best seller

Professional Leather Handbag Design

A course by Lili Storella
Leather Maker. Littleton, United States.
Joined May 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (168)
  • 6376 students