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How to repair cracking leather on a purse strap

Updated March 23, 2017

Since a leather purse strap's main purpose is to provide a handle for the person to sling over his or her shoulder, the leather is constantly being manipulated and bent. With this constant use and lack of care, the pressures placed on a leather can cause it to crack. Unless you properly maintain your purse with leather cleaner and leather moisturising oils, the leather material can begin to show signs of wear and tear and eventually crack. Repairing a leather purse strap can be easy, if you follow the right steps and have the right tools on hand.

Place a small pinch of leather filler on your finger and apply it into the cracked locations within the leather purse strap.

Wipe the excess leather filler with a damp cloth and wait for one hour for the filler to completely dry.

Apply light pressure to the repaired area with a piece of very fine sandpaper in order to smooth out the surface.

Squeeze a small pinch of leather repair paste onto your finger and apply it to the sanded-down area. This will give your leather item a restored glow. Make sure the leather paste you purchase matches the colour of your purse strap.

Allow the repaired leather strap to dry overnight, before using the purse.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather filler
  • Damp cloth
  • Very fine sandpaper
  • Leather repair paste
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Paul Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.