How to Repair a Small Tear on a Leather Purse

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Things You'll Need

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