How to Sew a Topstitch Repair on Leather Bag by Hand
How To Repair A Bag Strap
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
Repair a hole or frayed or broken stitching on a leather bag, briefcase, suitcase, or laptop bag
To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- Show the bag needing to be repaired.
- Show the tools and materials you will use.
- Explain how you will make the repair.
- Show the repair in progress.
- Show your newly repaired bag!
My everyday carry leather purse broke - the leather loop that holds the D-ring that the shoulder strap attaches to came apart. I used some red cotton embroidery floss from my stash, an awl (I don't think it's an actual leatherworking awl, but it worked), and a regular needle to stitch it back together. I thought I might need to use one of my curved quilting needles, but the leather ended up being flexible enough that once I pierced holes for the needle with the awl, a straight needle worked just fine. (Which is fine with me, as I'm still not super coordinated with the curved needles yet.) The finished stitching isn't the prettiest, but it's functional and I think it turned out pretty well considering this is my first time working with leather. And since the thread is the same color as the purse, it's not noticeable unless you're looking for it.
They/them. Autistic and disabled permie newbie in zone 6a.