How to Repair a Small Tear on a Leather Purse

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How to Repair a Small Tear on a Leather Purse
Accidents can leave a small tear in any leather purse. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Leather goods such as purses and handbags are durable even in the harshest weather conditions. But with normal wear-and-tear and constant use, rips and tears can occur on the most cared-for leather purses. Whether your purse gets cut on a sharp edge or caught on a loose nail, you can repair your own bag with the right equipment and technique without compromising the integrity of the leather itself.

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Things you need

  • Measuring device
  • Scissors
  • Polyester thread
  • Leather glue
  • Super glue
  • Cotton swab

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  1. 1

    Measure the tear with a ruler or your fingers. Add 2 inches to the length and cut a piece of polyester thread. Try to match the thread colour with the colour of your purse leather as accurately as possible to avoid the thread standing out.

  2. 2

    Thread your needle and place the two halves of the torn area together so they match up perfectly.

  3. 3

    Create a simple over-and-under stitching pattern while keeping the two halves of the torn leather touching. Create longer stitchings so the leather does not rip.

  4. 4

    Create several knots at the end of the stitching and cut away the excess thread.

  5. 5

    Add a few drops of super glue onto the knots to secure them to the inside of the purse.

  6. 6

    Apply one drop of leather glue to the exterior of the purse to give it a nice leather-looking coat. Use a cotton swab to evenly spread the leather glue over the stitching.

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