How to become a Leather Goods Maker

Leather goods makers make and repair leather articles such as handbags, wallets, gloves, belts, harnesses and saddlery (horse riding equipment). Leather goods makers may specialise in saddlery, harnesses and horse blankets, footwear, hats, whips, clothing, upholstery or special leather goods.

Personal requirements of a Leather Goods Maker

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to perform detailed work

Education & Training for a Leather Goods Maker

You can work as a leather goods maker without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a leather goods maker through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Leather Goods Maker

Leather goods makers:

  • select suitable types and grades of leather
  • draw patterns
  • cut leather to size and shape using special cutting machines called 'clicking' and 'skiving' machines
  • join pieces together with rivets, threads or adhesives
  • sew by hand using needles
  • fill saddles and collars with hair or flock (stuffing)
  • attach buckles, eyelets and metal decorations, and emboss decorative patterns
  • finish products with stain, dye, polish or coats of lacquer
  • repair damaged goods.

Employment Opportunities for a Leather Goods Maker

Leather goods makers are employed by leather companies, saddle makers, pastoral companies and craft workshops.

Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.5%

NSW NSW 34.4%

NT NT 1.9%

QLD QLD 17.5%

SA SA 8.2%

TAS TAS 9.6%

VIC VIC 15.7%

WA WA 11.1%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 88.2%

Female 11.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 40.5%

Not completed Year 12: 28.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 31%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 3.8%

20-24 - 7.6%

25-34 - 12.2%

35-44 - 15%

45-54 - 8%

55-59 - 19.4%

60-64 - 25.3%

65 and Over - 8.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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