Leather LAB 2.0



10AM - 4PM



This advanced level class is designed to will use the classic techniques of hand-sewing with leather. Students are able to choose from projects that demonstrate the basics of working with leather including cutting, punching, hand sewing, riveting, snap setting, finishing and care. Students will be guided through the process from hide to finished product – leaving the class with their very own handmade laptop sleeve, or tote bag. Depending on what you are making, you might need the entire 4 hours, but some might finish earlier. 

You will be able to choose your leather project by selecting the ticket option on eventbrite. When you arrive there will be a variety of colors you can choose from (black, different shades of brown, tan and even a few bright colors).

We recommend that students have taken a previous Leather LAB, Leather LAB 1.0 or one of Merchant Leather's classes before registering for this class. We believe that you will be happier with the end result if you've had previous experience.


Materials included

Vegetable Tanned Leather
Brass or Nickel Hardware
Linen Thread
All Tools Provided for Student Use








Dan, the master mind behind Merchant Leather, is a completely self taught leatherworker. Drawing from traditional techniques as well as trial and error, Dan has developed his own unique style of designing and building high quality leather goods. 

Merchant Leather is a designer and producer of classically styled, handmade leather goods. Merchant Leather goods are simply, yet timelessly designed and built for everyday use, for generations to come. Merchant Leather bags and accessories are made one at a time, entirely without machines, and proudly carried around the world. 

Merchant Leather works to pass on the tradition of working with leather by teaching students of all ages the basics of hand-sewing and design in classes throughout the Midwest.

what attendees are saying...

"This was my first experience at the Lab and I loved it! Daniel was a great teacher, so patient and helpful! The atmosphere was lovely, an unexpected surprise! Loved the greens and candles on the table, the apple cider and thumbprint cookies! Jessica was also very helpful and welcoming as well. It was a great evening to learn something new and come away with a project I'm proud to show off and use! Thank you Lab staff and Merchant Leather!"

- Susan s.


"I had so much fun making my leather clutch. The instructor was great. He was very patient and helpful throughout the class and walked you through every step! He made sure you understood or felt comfortable with what you were doing before he moved on to help the next person. I also really enjoyed meeting new people at my table and chatting with them while working on our different projects. I would definitely recommend this to family and friends if you want to have a good time while making something cool!"

- katilin V.


"What an awesome class! The instructors were warm and welcoming, and the space was very inviting. It was a great group of fellow participants and I really enjoyed getting to know others during the class. Thank you, LAB, for the fun event! Excited to use the new clutch I made."

- amy g.