Leather Crafting Camp 2017

Kick off your summer daze with a glorious week at the beach, crafting and relaxing, making new friends, getting away from the downtown city grind and making sandals or a leather bag in the sun!  Escape with us to Cherry Beach for 4 days of leather crafting, BBQ’s, beach combing and good times!

Sandals Option – Class Outline

Tuesday – Students will learn how to create a custom sandal sole pattern based on the shape of their foot, then students will cut out their soles and midsoles. Appropriate design and construction methods will be discussed. Please come prepared with design ideas, sketches and especially photo references to help you design your sandals on your first day!
Wednesday – Cutting Straps, bevelling, burnishing, skiving, adding colour.
Thursday – Add buckles, hardware, oils and waxing. Time to test fit your sandals and take a walk in them!
Friday –  Natural Leather Dying workshop, final glue, sanding, glassing and finishing soles.
Click here to see our Sandal Making class page

Leather Accessories Option – Class Outline

Tuesday – Students can choose from one of several bag designs, and will need to choose their leather, cut out their patterns and straps and dye their leather before leaving it to dry overnight. Bags need to be dyed by the end of our first day.
Wednesday – Pattern pieces are oiled, straps and buckles are added, holes are punched.
Thursday – Bags are laced up!
Friday – Natural Leather Dying workshop, leather plant holder + macrame hanger project!
Click here to see our Bag Making class page

Dates: Tuesday July 4th – Friday July 7th  from 10:00am – 6:00pm 
Light lunch, healthy snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Vegan and gluten free options will be offered.  Friday BBQ and after-class cocktails on Irene’s houseboat will close out our week! Students will meet each morning at 9:30am at Union Station, transportation will be provided to Cherry Beach from there.

Camp Fee is $425 +HST. This includes daily vegan/gluten free lunch and snacks, transportation to and from from Union Station each day.  If you are only able to make it for 1-2 days, please contact us about condensed project options and pro-rated pricing at info@themakeden.com

Materials Fees will vary by project.   

  • Tote Bag: $59-$102 + HST
  • Back Pack: $91-$157 + HST
  • Bucket Bag: $61-$84 + HST 
  • Clutch Purse: $46-$62 + HST Plus Closures: which vary from $5-$19 + HST
  • Sandals:  $65~ +HST.  

This workshop is rain or shine. In the case of weather making working outdoors not possible, you will receive a phone call and camp will move to our Leather Studio at The Make Den’s Bloordale location.

***Class registration fees are non-refundable. If you need to cancel your class, you can use your credit towards a different class date or towards materials from our retail space. There is a $35~ fee for classes cancelled or changed with less than 7 days notice from your registered start date.

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