successful fix for pochette strap!

rrachel

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Jul 21, 2010
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so recently i bought an older obviously used but in great shape mono pochette accessories off of a friend who needed to re-home it for holiday money. the downside was that the entire strap from the looped leather end to the stitching by the d-ring was split. i took it to my sa in hopes he would be kind since i have been so kind to him this year, no luck. i had to pay to have it either re-glued(what i would prefer so the leather matched) or buy a new handle. Soooo.. i decided before paying so much to have an older bag re-glued maybe I should just give it a shot myself. i searched around on here for tutorials but i didn't find much. i am typically rather crafty though so I went into my local sewing/craft store and picked up some clear leather glue. This stuff is used for anything from repairing shoes and handbags to furniture and leather garments. here are the steps i took to successfully repair the handle. try if you dare! (but it was fairly easy/cheap and took me 5 mins to apply and a little wait time to make sure it was dry)

first, i put a big dollop of glue on a paper plate. Then i used a flat end toothpick to apply it carefully and evenly to the strap. Next i stretched the handle to where it was taut and the two sides matched perfectly. I kept the handle taut and laid it across a textbook, then i placed another textbook on top to keep the sides pressed together. Then to apply pressure so that it really stuck I put one of my 10lb free weights on top of the book. I went out to dinner and by the time i was back i checked out the handle and it was as good as new, except better than new because the patina matches the leather tab on the bag! I so did not want to have a light handle and a honey colored tab. Ta-da! i'm proud of my handy work!


 

Shoebaglady

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Oct 5, 2011
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It looks perfect! I would have never guessed it was in such bad shape. Great job and thank for sharing the tip!
 

rrachel

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Jul 21, 2010
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thanks! =]
now i'm considering repairing some of my inexpensive leather shoes! i'm on a roll! hehe
 

Lilarose

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Sep 27, 2009
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What a clean and neat job! You saved yourself a BUNDLE of $ doing it yourself. Looks great!
 

deem0nessa

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Jan 7, 2009
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Good job!!.....that took lots of confidence and it paid off well as your crafty talent was put to good use!!!
 

st.love

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Aug 2, 2012
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Thanks for sharing this, I am considering doing the same with my pochette strap which has split right down the middle, my only concern is, did the glue make the leather stiff at all??
 

st.love

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Aug 2, 2012
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New England
so recently i bought an older obviously used but in great shape mono pochette accessories off of a friend who needed to re-home it for holiday money. the downside was that the entire strap from the looped leather end to the stitching by the d-ring was split. i took it to my sa in hopes he would be kind since i have been so kind to him this year, no luck. i had to pay to have it either re-glued(what i would prefer so the leather matched) or buy a new handle. Soooo.. i decided before paying so much to have an older bag re-glued maybe I should just give it a shot myself. i searched around on here for tutorials but i didn't find much. i am typically rather crafty though so I went into my local sewing/craft store and picked up some clear leather glue. This stuff is used for anything from repairing shoes and handbags to furniture and leather garments. here are the steps i took to successfully repair the handle. try if you dare! (but it was fairly easy/cheap and took me 5 mins to apply and a little wait time to make sure it was dry)

first, i put a big dollop of glue on a paper plate. Then i used a flat end toothpick to apply it carefully and evenly to the strap. Next i stretched the handle to where it was taut and the two sides matched perfectly. I kept the handle taut and laid it across a textbook, then i placed another textbook on top to keep the sides pressed together. Then to apply pressure so that it really stuck I put one of my 10lb free weights on top of the book. I went out to dinner and by the time i was back i checked out the handle and it was as good as new, except better than new because the patina matches the leather tab on the bag! I so did not want to have a light handle and a honey colored tab. Ta-da! i'm proud of my handy work!


Sorry I didn't realize it was an older thread & should have quoted so you would see it, please let me know how the strap is holding up, thanks! :biggrin:
 

gyfbless

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Jul 16, 2015
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This is so great! I am crafty at all. I was trying to take off the strap and adjust its position. Then I realize there is a little part that splits as I laid it even. So I found some glue and apply to it. However, since I didn't pull it taut to apply. As a result, when I was pushing it to make it stay together, the split becomes even larger and larger. Now almost 1/3 of the strap are splitted. I also didn't wait it to dry before I push them, so the glue came over to the leather surface and I was stupid enough to use a tissue to get rid of the glue and the tissue got stuck to the surface. I tried to wash the glue off and followed your steps. I hope it will become better, as I have almost already damaged it. Thanks a lot for sharing!