Asked on Jan 16, 2020

How can I repair the strap on my bag?

DeeUnique Creations By AnitaFlipturn


The strap is tearing the bag open! But I love this bag and I’m not ready to toss it yet.

11 answers
  • Tinyshoes
    on Jan 16, 2020

    Malea...You will probably have to patch but can buy the grommet kits at Walmart (or that's where I got mine years ago). Looks like canvas material. If you know of a shoe repair place you might take it there and let them see if they can fix it. Good luck!

  • Recreated Designs
    on Jan 16, 2020

    Oh no, that is too bad. Can you get some thick thread (or fine yarn) and sew around the hold to close it up. Almost like an embroidery type stitch so that it looks pretty but blends in and keeps the bag from ripping even more?

  • Mogie
    on Jan 16, 2020

    Looks like you need to reinforce the hole where it is tearing. You could try a iron on patch and just stitch around the edges of the patch. I know they are supposed to be good without stitching but I have learned the hard way that isn't always true. Looks like you need to put down something that would work like the metal piece that came off too since that appears to have some weight on it.

  • Cheryl A
    on Jan 16, 2020

    here is some helpful hints

    you could also patch the torn area with a color that matches or even is a contrast to the bag - you could cut to size and use fabric glue to put it on and then just repair the inside with heavy duty thread

  • TannerA
    on Jan 17, 2020

    This fabric tape might work:

    Probably a little better than a colored duct tape. You could wrap it horizontally all the way around the bag in between those stitching lines so that it looks a little more than a patch around the one handle.

  • Simple Nature Decor
    on Jan 17, 2020

    Patch it with some blue canvas and add a new circles for the handle.

  • Dwp7470b
    on Jan 17, 2020

    I'd just cover the Grommet Area with a strip of a decent upholstery Leather that you or a decent shoemaker put grommets in.

    You'd need to work the Strap around the Bag and through the new Grommets and beneath the strip of leather, but you will likely get another 20 years out of it.

  • Flipturn
    on Jan 17, 2020

    Because the grommet has come off, the fabric has no longer been protected against the rubbing of the strap. As the small hole was not reinforced earlier, it has grown larger, and unfortunately the integrity of the whole opening is now destroyed due to disintegration of the fibres.

    Suggestions above to sew the opening with threads will be ineffective, as there is no longer sufficient fabric with which to anchor the threads. When the needle goes in, it will only continue to pull the fibres apart.

    Trying to stitch around the edges of an iron-on patch will not be effective either, as the thread will catch and break, and the needle will get gunked up from the glue on the underside of the patch. Also, as this portion of the bag bends and gets a lot of tugging from the strap, it is unlikely that an iron-on patch will stay adhered.

    The 'fabric tape' that Tanner mentioned is recommended moreso for vinyl and outdoor nylon, not cotton canvas like your bag. Besides, almost $8 for a strip 3" x 20' IMO is pricey, especially since a 3" width may not be wide enough to thoroughly cover the damaged area, and 20" will not be long enough to go around the whole bag.

    What I would do is to wrap duct tape around the entire centre area. Carefully cut out (with small sharp scissors) a small hole to allow the strap to move easily. Lay the bag flat, and firmly press on the tape to smooth it down as you go.

    The challenging part of this repair is to determine whether or not the end of the strap can be unstitched, pulled out, put through a new grommet, then stitched back in place. If not, then you may have to make do with the above repair, but eventually the strap will begin to fray simply due to the abrasion of rubbing against the raw edges of the tape.

    If you can release the strap to thread it through a grommet so that the raw edges of the duct tape do not continue to cause it to wear down,

    purchase grommets large enough to accommodate the width of the strap.

    Follow instructions to set the grommet using the setting tool. (Click on the red triangle arrow after opening the link).

  • Flipturn
    on Jan 17, 2020

    Dwp7470b has a sound option to use patches of leather. They also noted correctly that the strap is enclosed inside a casing.

    If you have already have scraps of leather and the requisite leather glue, then I would suggest to try it with the grommet kit I mentioned above. Paying for a shoe repair to patch with leather and then install grommets may/may not be cost effective for the value remaining in the bag.

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Jan 19, 2020

    You can use a contact glue, it will hold the grommet and you will not see any stitching.

    • Flipturn
      on Jan 19, 2020

      Ah yes, that makes sense.

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  • Dee
    on Jan 19, 2020

    JoAnn's fabrics, Michaels, BBB, Hobby Lobby and Amazon sell grommets of all sizes. Even Lowes and Home Depot have heavy duty grommets. You probably have to reinforce the inside of the bag as well as the outside. I would buy large grommets and reinforce both sides of the strap to distribute the weight.

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