How to Repair a Jansport Backpack

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How to Repair a Jansport Backpack
Love your backpack so much that you can't bear to see it go? Fix it yourself. (boy with backpack image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

If your Jansport backpack has seen better days, but you are reluctant to let it go, you can try and repair it yourself. Whether the problem is a simple tear on the side or a huge split down the middle, most issues can be solved with just a needle and thread. Be forewarned, however: a backpack that has ripped and been resewn is not as strong and sturdy as a brand new one, so don't try to pack it with as much stuff as you did before.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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Instructions

    Rip/Tear

  1. 1

    Thread your needle.

  2. 2

    Insert the needle into the backpack just before the tear begins.

  3. 3

    Sew up the tear by bringing the needle from one side to the other side until the entire tear is closed.

  4. 4

    Knot the thread tightly and cut off the extra.

    Broken Strap

  1. 1

    Thread your needle.

  2. 2

    Reattach the strap to the backpack by sewing across the top of the strap until the entire thing is back on.

  3. 3

    Sew across the strap in the other direction to give it a strong hold.

  4. 4

    Knot the thread and cut off the extra.

    Broken Zipper, Buckle, etc.

  1. 1

    Order a new zipper, buckle, or other piece from Jansport or from another backpack supply company.

  2. 2

    Remove the broken piece by gently ripping it off or cutting it off.

  3. 3

    Sew the new piece on to replace the old one.

Tips and warnings

  • If you recently purchased your backpack, you might have a warranty from the store or from Jansport that will guarantee you a new backpack. Check your receipt to see if this is the case.
  • If the place where you sewn up the tear looks unsightly, you can cover it with cool patches for a vintage look.

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