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Bag pattern making and prototyping course

€ 7250,00
Sep 28th, 2020 → Dec 4th, 2020

English, Italian
9AM to 5PM, Mon to Fri

This class is the core part of our training in the bag field, which we recommend to both designers and technicians.

Our main objective is to train those who wish to work as pattern makers in bag factories. We teach them both the pattern making techniques and the basics on how to make the prototypes of the bags with the use of machinery. However, our students are not only future technicians, but also:

  • The new generations of company owners, who have often a background in economics or marketing, and attend our school courses because of our reputation and to acquire technical expertise in a short period of time
  • Designers who wish to understand what happens “behind the scenes” when they send their design to the factories, those who recognize the value of having a common language with the technicians of the factories that produce their bags
  • “Makers”: those who want to start a prototyping/production workshop and want to learn how to make different types of bags

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How our courses change with COVID-19

Since February 2020 with the spread of COVID-19 the school had to suspend all training courses. Italian Ministry of Education and our Regional government have communicated that we will be able to start courses again from June 2020. Nevertheless we need to assure the safety of our students and put actions in place to prevent the spread of the virus again.

The major constrain that we need to face is the distancing. We won’t be able to use the facilities of the school as before because we need to assure a minumum distance of 1 meter between students. For this reason we have decided to change the way we organise our classes.

The three pillars of our training will remain the same but we will change the way we organise each of them

Lessons from the teachers

Our teachers have been working hard to prepare video lessons to cover all course topics. You will be able to access these contents at your own pace from home.

Individual work

Learning by doing has always been the center of our training. We will send you all the materials you need to work. Teachers will assign homeworks to assess your understanding of each topic

Review with the instructor

Teachers will dedicate 100% of their time to review your individual work and to give you feedbacks and suggestions on how to make better. This is a key moment of the course

Topics covered during this course

Pattern making

The course takes in to account the technical making of 10 different bag constructions: t-gusset, bucket, Boston, briefcase gusset, box/saddle bag, strip, framed bag, triple bellows, t-short and darts, bag with pleats, Bugatti bag.
The complete set of the patterns in cardboard is prepared for each of these constructions, including the external and internal parts, reinforcements, linings and patterns for cutting.
The sequence of the patterns worked has been studied to let students face an increasing complexity, while adding different elements and details of constructions.

During the first week the teacher introduces students to the world of bags: names of the different styles of bags are explained together with a detailed explanation of how each construction is developed in production and which materials and components are used.
It is important for the students to understand the differences between the three main types of constructions: those that start from the bottom, the gusset and from the face.
In addition, they have to learn the various types of edge finishes: raw edge, folded, stitch & turn. We teach all these details with practical examples and making prototypes of each.
In the beginning of the course students also start to practice in the use of the typical tools used by the pattern makers: cutter and cardboard.


About 140 hours of the course are dedicated to prototyping. Among the 10 sets of patterns developed during the course, students – organized in teams – make four complete prototypes. The aim of the hours dedicated to prototyping is to train participants both in the manual operations and in the use of the machines. The sample room in the bag classroom is equipped with a splitting machine, a skiving machine, four arm sewing machines, a high column sewing machine, a vacuum bench for glue and a roughing machine. Being a sample room and not a factory for production, part of the operations such as edge painting is made with manual tools.

During the hours dedicated to prototyping we have a second teacher that joins the class to teach the use of the sewing machines.

For those who want to make more prototypes and spend more time practicing, we recommend the 3-week bag making course. During this course, students make three additional prototypes of bags, on top of the ones made during the 10-week class hence they complement each other. 10-week class.

Knowledge of materials

During the course the teachers organize lessons on different topics about materials and components:

  • leathers: how leathers are produced (students will also visit a tannery), which animals are used, which finishes are available on the market and how to use the leather in production, how to evaluate the quality of the leather and how to cut the different patterns to have a better consumption while maintaining the look and the quality of the bag.
  • reinforcements: fundamental components of the bags. During the course, students get a better understanding of the different types of reinforcements commonly used in bag making and they learn how to properly use them – cutting them in the right direction – in order to achieve the desired effect of stiffness or softness.
  • metal components: we are convinced of the importance of accessories as distinctive elements of bags.

During the course students learn the differences of using different materials to make the accessories, the galvanic process and the finishing available together with the range of costs. In October, students visit Lineapelle, the most important international fair where suppliers of materials for shoes and bags exhibit their newest collections. At Lineapelle our students can search for materials, understand what is available on the market and build relationships with the most renown international suppliers.

Final assesment

During the last two weeks each student is challenged to make the patterns and a sample of a bag – starting from a design that they make – without the support of the teachers. The quality of the bag made is part of the final evaluation of the course together with:

  • a written test with both multiple-answer and open questions
  • a practical exercise that is the making of the patterns of a design provided by the teacher
  • an oral examination

During the course few intermediate tests are made to assess the progress of each student. The result of these tests is part of the final evaluation too. The Arsutoria diploma is issued to those who successfully complete this final exam.

Our studentsHave a look at some of our past students experiences during this course

Andrea Camacho
Industrial Engineer

I want to start my own business in the bag industry

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Andrea Camacho
Industrial Engineer

Andrea is a young industrial engineer, graduated from Universidad de Los Andes who fell in love with leather handbags. Andrea has always loved design and while working on her graduating project being a business plan for leather goods, she also developed designs and first prototypes, she felt the urge to pursue this path with the aim to be able one day to launch her own brand.

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Naveen Kumar Perumal
Family Business

Bags are a family business I am intended to move forward

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Naveen Kumar Perumal
Family Business

Naveen is a civil engineer and architect who comes from a family business with a strong tradition on footwear making. He has been working in the family business for almost 3 years but has decided to learn about bags to actually look for new market opportunities.

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Miline Van Houtte
Started a bag workshop

Changed my career and opened a bag retail shop.

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Miline Van Houtte
Started a bag workshop

With a background in the pharmacy industry, Miline decided recently to follow her passion and to start a business in the bags together with a friend. She has opened a bag retail shop with a manufacturing workshop in Brussels. In Arsutoria School she has attended both the pattern making and the design course.

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Giulia Forcellini
From retail to product development

I wanted to strengthen my skills in technical product development

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Giulia Forcellini
From retail to product development

Giulia has a background in law but she always worked in fashion retail. After few years at Hermes, she decided to take the pattern making course. Right after graduating, she found a job in a leading high-end bag manufacturer in Milan where she started a career in product development.

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Our students prototypesHave a look at some of our students best creations. The next one could be yours!

Ziqiao Xie
Handbag with exotic details
Noura AlNaggar
Squared satchel
Anastasia Crippa
Precious backpack
Arianna Pisani
Calf Leather, Strip Construction
Fiona Seah Siew Lan
Crocodile Leather, Strip Construction
Daphna Peleg
Cork Fabric, Back Pack
Cloè Plouffe
Calf Leather, Stitch and Turn with Piping
Paola Michel Piza
Calf Leather, Mixed Construction (T-gasset and Box Construction)

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