A tear or crack in the precious leather bag you’ve invested in does not mean you need to discard it or sell it off.
Naturally, the first thing that springs up in your mind is to call a professional leather bag “repair guy” or craftsman, but if that’s not an option at the moment and you prefer a DIY approach, then this guide is all you need.
Leather Bag Repair Checklist
Make sure you have the following:
- Fingernail scissors or seam ripper
- Sewing needle
- Fabric scrap (slightly larger than the tears in your bag and similar in colour)
- Fabric glue
- Tape (regular scotch tape is fine)
Let’s Get Repairing!
Reposition those torn leather edges – Use the dull end of your needle to position the torn leather into place as best as possible. Now apply a small piece of tape over the tear so that the leather is held properly in position.
You may need to press the tape a few times over the skin to remove some of the stickiness.
Find the tear from the inside – Turn the bag inside out and find the tear site from the inside. If your bag is lined, see if you can find a seam that’s already near the tear. If that is the case, use a seam ripper to open the seam carefully which will give you access to the tear’s underside.
If there’s no seam, you can use fingernail scissors to cut a hole in the lining, to have access to the torn leather.
Apply fabric scrap/patch – Use the fabric glue to attach the patch of scrap fabric to cover up the tear from the inside of the leather bag. Again, bear in mind that your piece of scrap fabric will need to be reasonably larger than the tear so that it can properly be patched around the tear site.
Apply a little pressure with your fingertips and hold the patch in place for at least a few minutes. This allows the glue to settle in properly.
Apply patch on the outside – Now it’s time to give attention to the outside of the bag where we’ve just applied a fabric patch on the inside. After carefully removing the tape we applied in step 1, use your needle’s dull end to gently open up the edges of the tear and apply just a drop of fabric glue between the leather’s torn edges and the fabric.
Wipe away any excess glue and allow it to settle in for at least a few hours before proceeding to the next step.
Seal up repair site on the inside – Let’s go back to the interior lining of our bag. Use the needle and thread to stitch and close up the hole completely which we had deliberately left open in order to access the leather’s interior.
However, there’s no need fuss over this step as it’s on the inside, and only you’ll know it’s there.
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