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
- Thread the needle with the 0.7 yards of upholstery nylon thread.
- Align the two ends of the thread, and tie a knot
- Trim the extra thread off
- Trim the frayed edges and thread off of the backpack and shoulder strap
- 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
- Begin sewing across the handle with the backstitching sewing technique
Make sure that the stitch goes all the way through the Nylon as you sew
- 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.
- Cut the thread and remove the thread from the needle
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 and wit the 1 meter long thread
- 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.
- 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!
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