Everyone is thinking about what they can do to change their life, many are going back to school! The best way to have a life you love is to be able to do what you love!

 Maybe that's something you have you been thinking about, learning something new? A chance to change your life, doing something you always wanted to do.

There's no better way to change your life then education and training. At HMDH Academy we give you the quality training you need, to help you make those life changes. If you have ever thought about making and designing handbag for extra money or starting your own business, maybe selling online, then think about howtomakeadesignerhandbag.com or as we call it now HMDH Academy! Are you ready to go back to school and change your life?

Enroll today in our Beginning Course and start learning! 

Beginning Course

Pattern making and construction techniques, learn how to make and design any style soft handbag with professional results. Click here to enroll!

Intermediate Course

Learn to make constructed and semi constructed or structured handbags, envelopes, hard clutches, and tailored linings. Click here to enroll!

Advance Course

Learn wallets, frame bags, box bags, push-up frames, wire frames bags, one piece pattern making! Click here to enroll!

Learn to make your own handbags!

You can learn to make beautiful handbags at home at your own pace. We teach you how to make your designs come to life.


Learn fabric and leather techniques!

Learn how to make great fabric and leather bags, wallets and more! When you learn pattern making, you control your own creativity and your own future. 

Create your own collection!

Learn to make your own quality handbags from sketch to finished handbag! Add to your online handbag line! We teach you all you need to know! 

HMDH Academy Student creations!

These bags were designed by our students over the last few weeks! They come from all over the world and from different walks of life. Student designed and make their own patterns, starting with a sketch, then pattern and finally they make their bag.

The results are beautiful and original! HMDH Academy is one of the most unique handbag making environments on the internet. We help students take their first steps towards their dreams.


Our Facebook group is growing and we want it to grow even more! For that we need you!

I encourage all of our students to head over and get involved, you'll learn a lot and have some fun too! We have a great group and really great discussions that will enhance the learning experience at HMDH Academy!

For those just visiting, head on over and see what we are talking about, join the discussions! If you like talking, making and designing your own handbags then you will love our Facebook group!

"www.howtomakeadesignerhandbag.com teaches members how to price work, how to make patterns and design all types of handbags. Two accessories designers have developed the website-Richard and Linda Manigault-I recommend it to everyone involved in accessories. You will learn as much there as you would taking classes at any school."

Michelle Lalonde Former professor F.I.T- NYC - michellelalondeaccessories.com

What our students say about our courses :

“I am loving the information in the course, and I am so impressed by everyone’s work!”

Really learning a lot and more importantly having fun doing it.”

“I really think that since I began to attend your school, I made great progress, because I learned from this bag experience that the design and the pattern are everything.”

” Hi Richard, I’m so happy I found your class and I’m hoping I learn all there is to know about making handbags and understand it all”

Well done Martha! Like every one, the consistency in design and combination of the different elements in this bag made it a successful endeavor. Congratulations!

What I love about HMDH, is that it enables us to take our designs to the next level. But for our mentors to help us be better, we must overcome our fears of critiques and the need of acceptance of our work. That is why we don’t teach design here. We focus on techniques, tools of the trade and problem solving methods so we can be our own creative self. Richard and Linda helped me to be where I am now in spite of my stubbornness and incessant questions about everything. I love to hear about your journey with each bag you make Martha.

Mary, I agree with you, that is why I am taking the course.  I want to learn how to make my own designs and have my own say with a pattern if I buy one.  I have a lot to learn.  Hahaha!  I am looking very forward to seeing more of your course assignments.  You make a very professional looking design!

Thank you Adona!  Now I know why designers use this type of closure.  I love this Academy….

Hi Lori, Welcome!!  I’m loving this place!!  Learning a lot and the people here are awesome. What part of S.Fla are you in?

Thank you so much Richard. I did enjoy the experience.  IMO, there is nothing more frustrating than having wonderful ideas come to mind and not have the skill set to bring them to life.  I feel that I’m in the right place and it’s the right time to develop the skills and with that the  confidence to make beautiful things.

Hi Marlys, Thank you for the compliments. A mother/daughter comes all the way from Chino Hills, which is near San Diego to Cerritos. Yes, I learn a lot from my instructor (I will always be grateful), but wanted go further than making purses from patterns that are given to me. HMDH is this the place I can go outside the box by being much more creative as well as making my own designs/patterns. Your first assignment was very creative and looks professional.