Our backpacks and drawstring bags are precious possessions for many of us and sometimes, no matter the high level of their quality, they wear down and tear up, or suffer accidents. You don’t have to throw away your beloved rucksack. There are a few simple tips that you can use and a few skills you can learn. We will be sharing a few backpack repair tips that can help you save your accessory.
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1. Backpack Fabric Tears or Holes
Whether you wear a backpack to go to school, work, or casual outings, sometimes you find yourself in the situation of having to deal with a fabric hole or tear. You can quickly fix this type of incident in both urban and outdoor settings.
- If your urban laptop backpack’s fabric tears while you are in the city, you should buy some duct tape and cover the tear/hole temporarily (from outside and inside as well) until you get home and fix it for good.
Once you get home, you can follow the next backpack repair tips to make your rucksack or even drawstring bag look and act as good as new:
- If you can handle sewing, pick a larger needle and fishing wire or dental floss instead of standard thread; they will allow for stronger patching of the tear.
- If the tear is visible, sew it twice.
- You can overlap the edges of the hole to make it smaller and sew as tight as possible. Next, apply seam grip and two circular nylon patches 1 inch larger than the hole. You will need seam grip, a nylon patch for the backpack’s exterior, and the same seam grasp and second nylon patch to cover the interior. Make sure that the two pieces are perfectly aligned over the hole.
- For proper sealing the hole/tear, you can glue the two nylon patches together. Alternatively, you can sew them together using a strong stitch made of nylon wire.
Nylon patches can be used inside and out for small holes and tears. This last option is water-resistant and can also be used to seal tears.
2. Backpack and Drawstring Bags Shoulder Strap Problems
One common problem with the packs that we wear every day is that their shoulder straps falter. There is nothing more unpleasant and annoying than your backpack strap snapping or the drawstring backpack’s strap tearing. Let us see a few backpack repair tips related to shoulder straps’ fixing!
- Replace the drawstring strap in your backpack with a new piece. You can make a secure knot if your cinch pack’s line needs only some tying.
- You can remove the strap from your work backpack’s shoulder by cutting along the seam. Once you reach the opening, feed the belt through the opening. Make sure the strap stays flat in between the two side seams of the opening;
- Use the backstitching technique to sew three parallel lines between the side seams and make sure you tightly hold the strap in between the seams;
- For more safety, use seam grip to secure the strap back in its place.
Limit the amount of weight that you have in your backpack to prevent straps from snapping. Some drawstring backpacks have safety features and improvements, but they can still hold a lot.
3. Backpack Broken Zippers and Slides
Another common failure of a bag is a zipper that somehow stops functioning, as it should. It is common to have jammed zippers or distorted zippers. A broken zipper on a backpack or duffel bag can make it difficult to travel with your laptop. There are many solutions.
- You will need tools and skills to fix a distorted zipper (one that slides but doesn’t close), such as a pair of pliers, or a multi-tool. The first step is to open the zipper as wide as possible. Next, use the pliers to gently squeeze the slider’s top and bottom together. The ensemble should begin to work seamlessly when the slider is closer to the zipper.
- Lubrication is the best way to fix a jammed zipper. Anything oily will work. You can also use a lip balm if you aren’t at home. It can also be used with soap.
- It is a little more difficult to fix stuck zippers. Use nose pliers instead of regular pliers to fix stuck zippers. To bend a zipper tooth, use the nose pliers lightly to gently push the toot into the desired shape. A broken zipper tooth is not something you want to happen.
Sometimes, it is best to replace a zipper entirely.
Broken Backpack Buckles Backpack Broken Buckles
Whether you are mountaineering or working in the city, you will find it hard to replace a broken buckle, mainly because nobody carries spare backpack buckles. If you are unable to find an exact buckle, you should go to a repair shop and get one. Repair shops are recommended if the buckle has a complex mechanism or you can’t find the right one for the webbing and backpack.
5. Backpack / Drawstring Bag Broken Mesh Parts
Mesh is a frequently used feature of many backpacks or drawstring bags. We use the mesh to line drawstring rucksacks or as pockets for our backpacks. Use your sewing skills to repair or tear the mesh in your polyester mesh bag/rucksack.
- Sew together the overlapped edges of the tear/hole, making sure that you sew sideways, as you need to pull the mesh together;
- You will have to create a grid – if the torn mesh is visible – by sewing up and down to try making the mesh look as good as new;
- If the mesh is severely torn, you should get a new mesh piece and replace the pocket, the lining, or the entire mesh panel if you need to.
Mesh is very vulnerable to physical damage that can quickly tear it. Avoid such inconveniences by carrying your backpack with safety and care in mind.
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We hope you find these backpack repair tips useful and actionable. We would love to hear your tips and tricks. We know how much you love your drawstring bags and backpacks. It would be foolish to let them go. You might consider restoring your backpack to improve its style and functionality.