Strap Torn off - Patching

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Main Steps

1. Cut 2 pieces of leather, 1 for front, 1 for back, skive the 1 edge on each patch that will be going across on the strap. (Unless you decide unskived looks better on the outside)

2. Glue the outside patch on first and trim to the width of the strap, then glue the back bit of leather on but don’t trim yet. Ideally the back bit of leather should go up the strap a bit (3mm) further so that when you stitch, it gets caught.

3. Stitch on, starting at the end of the strap, go up one side then across and back down the other side. Stitch length up the sides to match those on shoe – then where you go across the strap the stitch length may want to be a bit longer so that it doesn't make the strap weak and tear.

4. Trim the lining off.

Strap ends that have been torn

Have a good look at it and consider the length that you want to end up with, if needed put a silver pen line on the strap 40mm from the end and then you will know later on how long to make it, or for a tuck in strap 40mm from the point at which the strap gets tucked under the sole.

1 Make the 40mm mark

2 Cut and skive the top patch, skive the edge that will be on the strap only, and either cut

the patch to the exact strap width and glue on, or glue on and then trim to size.

3 cut the back patch wider than the strap by at least 15mm and 5mm longer, skive the

edge that will be on the strap and glue it on so that it is up the strap by 3mm more than the

top patch, this is so the joins aren’t in the same place which looks and feels better and so

that the stitching will catch the back patch

4 Stitch from the end of the strap up and across and back down to the end again, where

you go across the strap make sure the stitch length is not too short, otherwise it will tear on

the holes

All of this is just a guide and sometimes you are better off with just one thick bit of leather

on the inside or outside or cutting the strap and joining on to it, or replacing the strap


With straps that need to be repaired then hand stitched on, special attention needs to be

paid to the strength of the end so that the new hand stitching doesn’t pull out.

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