How to Fix a Broken Backpack Strap

Backpacks go through a lot of punishment and often get damaged, so knowing to fix a broken backpack strap can save you time and money.

It will also keep another backpack out of landfill, thus have a positive impact on the environment.

Intersport Elverys is committed to a Sustainable future and this blog is the second part of a series where we will show you how to reuse and repair your products.

Why not check out how to fix a broken zipper HERE.

If not, keep reading to learn how to reattach a broken strap with a simple-to-learn backstitching sewing technique.

How to fix a broken backpack strap: Tools needed

  • Hand sewing needle
  • A scissors
  • Approx 3-4 foot of upholstery nylon thread
  • 2×5” of nylon cother
  • A broken backpack!

A step by step guide

Step 1

  • Thread the needle with the 0.7 yards of upholstery nylon thread.

Step 2

  • Align the two ends of the thread, and tie a knot
  • Trim the extra thread off

Step 3

  • Trim the frayed edges and thread off of the backpack and shoulder strap

Step 4

  • Align the 2×5 nylon cloth with the torn off backpack strap

Make sure that the nylon cloth is able to fold over the strap and align up with the other end

Step 5

Make sure that the stitch goes all the way through the Nylon as you sew

Step 6

  • The end of the stitch push the needle about halfway through
  • Take the thread, and wrap it around the sharp side of the needle
  • Pull the needle all the way through

If the stitch did not go through both sides of the nylon, repeat steps 5 and 6 over on the other side. Remember to replace the thread by repeating steps 1 and 2.

If you want extra support, repeat steps 5 and 6 on the other side. Remember to replace the thread by repeating steps 1 and 2.

Step 7

  • Cut the thread and remove the thread from the needle
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 and wit the 1 meter long thread

Step 8

  • Align the handle with the shoulder of the backpack
  • Secure the handle I place by applying pressure and then begin sewing with the backstitching sewing technique

When sewing, make sure to follow your thread and needle carefully. A misguided needle will lead to unwanted tangles

  • End the stitch by repeating step 6.

Step 9

  • Trim off any frayed edges or loose string


Learning the backstitching technique might take some time, so be patient. But once you do, you will be able to apply it to a lot of different repair jobs.

In the end, it will have a massive impact on your life and the environment – a double win!

Check out our full range of sustainable products below or HERE.

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Schoolbags and Size Guide for Kids | Back to School at Intersport Elverys.

Get ready, get set for Back to School at Intersport Elverys and some new schoolbags for kids.

We know Back to School shopping for schoolbags and other items for your kids can be tedious at times.

So when information on finding essentials like the right school bags are scarce, we thought we’d simplify the process.

Picking the right schoolbag for Back to School is an important choice, and the one you choose can vary depending on your child’s age and height.

Before we go through our bags on offers, we want to go through a few areas to look for when making your choice. 

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Ensure you’re getting the right size for the purpose.

Bigger is not always better, so find the right size for what your little ones will be using/putting into the bag.

Bag size is measured in litres, but standard dimensions (height x width x depth) will be available also.

Sound good?

Please note that not all bags are designed to fit binders/folders, and trying to fit these in to bags that are not suitable will stretch the fabric and possibly cause damage.

We’d recommend below 24L for primary school and above 24L for secondary, depending on age and height.


Multiple compartments help keep your kids organised.

Look out for backpacks with padded laptop compartments, water bottle compartments and separate front pockets.

Some bags will also come with a matching pencil case.


Depending on how/where your kids plan to use your backpack.

Most backpacks are made from Polyester or a mix of standard and recycled Polyester.

Other materials used would be lightweight, tough fibres like Nylon.

Some backpacks will also have extra padding on the back for added comfort, and can have a waterproof coating for water resistance to deal with the ever changing Irish weather.


Kids will be kids, remember.

Some brands will offer a warranty on their products to ensure you get good use from your bag.  This will be clearly marked on the bag’s swing tags.

Other features:

Other features that can appear on backpacks would be padded straps for extra comfort and reflective strips for added visibility.

Top Tips

To ensure the backpack you choose is the best fit for your kids, following these simple guidelines.

  1. Before using for the first time, you should adjust the straps so that the backpack fits snugly to their upper back. It should not hang out from the back, and should not hang excessively below the waist.
  2. Distribute the weight of the bag evenly across the back, by spreading the load out – you’re putting less strain on the back.
  3. Make sure they’re using both straps. Only using one puts unnecessary strain on the back and also on the backpack itself.
  4. A full backpack should be no more than 15% of the weight of the wearer.


Check out all our backpacks HERE:

All Star Schoolbags for Kids Offers

UnderArmour Hustle 5.0 €26.25-€55 

The Under Armour Hustle 5.0 Backpack is an ideal all in one carry all, use it as a school bag, it can double up as a gear bag for football or the gym or pack it with clothes and your laptop for a business trip or a weekend away.

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All Star Offer – Jansport Big Student Schoolbag- €38-€56

This Jansport Big Student Backpack is so spacious it meets all needs from student laptops to sporting gear to kids school lunchboxes.  The 4 compartments and further water bottle holder are particularly useful for keeping items separate on the go (34 Litres). 

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All Star Offer – Nike Element Schoolbag- €30-€35

The Nike Element schoolbag combines all the key elements of a school bag whilst being very affordable.

It has all the style and practicality of its competitors, which make it a really popular bag.

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Check out our full range of schoolbags Here 


Back to School Sale

Don’t miss out on some unbelievable back to school offers and deals at Intersport Elverys.

We’ve got all the leading brands for footwear and apparel to make sure your kids are ready for their return.

We also have a free in-store fitting service that helps you find your kids the perfect fit.