Leather Crafting 101

A course by Christina Roth , Leather Goods Artisan

Leather Goods Artisan. Salzburg, Austria.
Joined October 2021

Learn to handcraft leather goods using saddle stitching techniques, from choosing the leather to sealing the edges

  • German
  • 96% positive reviews (56)
  • 3154 students

Learn to handcraft leather goods using saddle stitching techniques, from choosing the leather to sealing the edges

A course by Christina Roth

Leatherwork is one of the oldest crafts in the world and, thanks to Christina Roth, it is more alive than ever. In her workshop, she makes custom, made-to-order items and gives new life to old pieces, with the aim of enhancing the quality of the raw material and refining it with artisanal touches. In this online course, she teaches you everything you need to know about leather and its processing.

Discover the basic skills for cutting, gluing, and sewing leather, and learn how to create a pattern for your item, place buckles and zippers, sculpt volumes, and achieve perfectly smooth edges. These techniques allow you to create your own leather goods and modify, reuse, or repair others you already have, from belts and watch straps to home accessories, decorative objects, and handbags.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 9 downloads

The Leather
8 minutes, 24 seconds
The Tools
12 minutes, 58 seconds
Cutting and Sharpening Leather
16 minutes, 5 seconds
Gluing Leather
12 minutes, 8 seconds
Sewing Leather 1
20 minutes, 0 seconds
Sewing Leather 2
17 minutes, 36 seconds
  • 96% positive reviews (56)
  • 3154 students
  • 18 lessons (4h 7m)
  • 9 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, French, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Hand-sew a zippered belt bag with an adjustable leather strap and leather lining using traditional saddlery techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to work with leather for the first time and those who already have some experience but want to improve their skills.

Requirements and materials

It is possible to take this course even if you have no previous knowledge of leather crafting.
However, you will need to strengthen your grasp of the concepts and skills explained in the introductory lessons before moving on to the final project.

As for materials, you will need a piece of leather suitable for the project, some general hand tools, and special leather crafting instruments that Christina shows you during the course.


3154 Students
56 Reviews
96% Positive ratings
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Christina Roth

A course by Christina Roth

Leather Goods Artisan

Christina Roth is a leather goods manufacturer based in Salzburg, Austria. In her workshop, she makes leather products to order and also repairs and recycles old pieces. After setting foot in a saddlery workshop for the first time, she was fascinated by the sound of the old wooden floor and the smell of leather. Initially, she took up this art as a hobby, but later turned this passion into a profession and began traveling the world to learn from the best bag makers, including Tsuyoshi Yamashita in Japan.

By handcrafting with traditional saddlery stitching, she is keeping an ancient craft alive, and her factory is currently the only business in Austria that trains an apprentice in this profession. In addition to the recognition her work receives in the media, Christina is also an ambassador for this unusual profession and participates in several television programs, collaborates as a jury member in competitions, and gives lectures and workshops.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Inspirations
  • U2

    Basic Knowledge of Leathercraft

    • The Leather
    • The Tools
    • Cutting and Sharpening Leather
    • Gluing Leather
    • Sewing Leather 1
    • Sewing Leather 2
    • Working on the Edges
  • U3

    Preparations for the Belt Bag

    • Pattern and Dimensions
    • Leather Selection and Cutting
    • Gluing Parts and Clean Cut
    • Making the Edges
    • The Zipper
  • U4

    Assembling the Belt Bag

    • Assembling the Bag Parts
    • Making the Shoulder Strap
    • Attaching the Shoulder Strap
    • Customizing the Bag
  • FP

    Final project

    • Leather Crafting 101

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Leather Crafting 101. Craft, and Fashion course by Christina Roth

Leather Crafting 101

A course by Christina Roth
Leather Goods Artisan. Salzburg, Austria.
Joined October 2021
  • 96% positive reviews (56)
  • 3154 students