A backpack is an essential item for life. It enables you to carry many things at once. It is useful in everyday life, for hiking adventures, and children going to school. Backpacks are durable.
Due to prolonged use, their straps will sometimes break. The whole strap may come off from the backpack or some part of the strap such as the buckle may break.
You can either buy a new backpack or opt to repair it. If you choose to repair your broken backpack strap, you can do it easily without sewing.
How To Fix A Broken Backpack Strap Without Sewing?
You can fix a broken backpack strap without sewing by using duct tape. Use duct tape that has adhesive on both sides.
Fix a piece of duct tape at the point where the broken strap was sewed onto the backpack. Then fix the strap onto the duct tape and use another piece of duct tape to sandwich the strap.
To strengthen the grip of the tape on the strap, you can use staples on both ends of the duct tape.This is a quick method to fix your backpack without sewing.
Method 1. Using Duct Tape
Step 1. If your backpack strap broke while carrying it, you will need to empty the backpack before you can fix it. This will help to ensure that you don’t spoil the contents of your backpack as you repair it.
Step 2. You will need to wipe the broken-off strap until it is clean. You can hand wash it or wipe it with a wet cloth. You will then need to dry it. Iron it to remove any wrinkles. Depending on the fabric of the strap, it is best if you use a covering cloth while ironing it.
Step 3. You now need two-sided duct tape to begin the process of fixing the strap back to your backpack. Fix the two-sided duct tape at the top of the backpack where the strap was fixed. Then fix the top part of your strap onto this duct tape. Make sure that the tape covers any gap or hole that may have been left by the strap as it broke off.
Step 4. Fix your strap onto the adhesive top side of the duct tape. When fixing the strap, make sure that it is fixed at the exact location it broke off. This ensures that your backpack will maintain balance with the other strap that isn’t broken. Press the strap onto the duct tape with your hands to ensure that it sits firmly on the backpack and the tape.
Step 5. Cut another piece of duct tape and place it over the strap. This helps to fix the strap even more firmly onto the attaching duct tape. Do not cover with too much duct tape as the strap may simply slide off from it. Leaving the tape holding onto nothing.
Step 6. When the strap is properly held by the duct tape on the backpack, staple the edges of the duct tape. Staple the duct tape on the bag, and also staple the duct tape on top of the strap. This helps to enhance the strength of the duct tape to hold the strap onto the backpack. Allowing you to carry as many items in your backpack as possible without breaking it.
Using duct tape to fix a broken-off strap onto a backpack is a quick way to fix the backpack. You will need a more permanent solution so that you will not suffer the same problem again.
Method 2. Fix A Broken Backpack Strap Buckle With Wire
Step 1. A backpack strap can break off your bag or have the buckle break due to prolonged use or a heavy load in the bag without the proper adjustment on your buckle. A single backstrap will not evenly handle the weight and could lead to the remaining strap breaking off. You, therefore, need to fix the broken strap buckle immediately.
Step 2. You will need a new buckle for your strap, two pairs of pliers, strong wire, wire cutters, and a tape measure. It might be difficult to buy a single buckle. You can buy a backpack strap with the buckle size that you need.
Step 3. Now you need to assess the damage on your backpack strap before you can start fixing the buckle. Make sure that the strap is in good condition for continued use. Afterward, remove any remnants of the broken buckle from the strap of your backpack. You can snip them off with pliers or just use your hands to pry the broken buckle of the strap.
Step 4. With the buckle of your strap, you need to make sure that your wire will fit through the space left by the buckle. You can’t fix your new buckle into this space without a needle and thread so you need a wire. A strong and thin enough wire will be sufficient.
Step 5. With your tape measure, measure the length of the buckle holder on the strap. Then measure a similar length of wire. On your wire, add at least two inches over the length of the buckle holder. Cut off the desired length of wire from the larger wire. Or, you can cut a longer wire and trim off the excess before forming the needed hoops.
Step 5. Now form hoops on the additional length of the wire. You need a strong wire that you can’t bend with your free hand. You can use your pliers to bend the wires or a wire bending jig for a perfect curve. Let your wire form a long curve that will properly hold the buckle.
Step 6. Push the wire with hoops on both ends through the available space where the broken buckle was fixed. A thin wire, even with hoops will pass right through the buckle gap. Once you have pushed your wire through, adjust it so that the hoops are facing upwards.
Step 7. Now attach your buckle onto the wire hoops just as easily as you are hanging something on the hoops. If the buckle hangs loosely, use your pliers to tighten the hoop. This will help to hold the buckle onto the strap firmly. Making it easy to now thread the strap through
the buckle to make your backpack carryable.
This is a long-term solution for fixing your broken backpack strap without sewing. With a strong wire, you can continue to use your back for a long time.
How To Fix Zips And Sliders That Don’t Close On Your Backpack Without Sewing
Many times we will find that we have packed too much into our backpacks. Rather than empty the backpack, we reckon that all the excess packed items will fit perfectly. Then we start the journey of closing the zips or sliders on the backpack.
Unfortunately, the zips can only go for a short distance before they complain of the excess items and refuse to close the backpack. You can fix this problem easily without sewing.
The easiest way to solve this problem is to unpack all the excess items in the backpack. You can fill your backpack and leave enough leeway for your zips and sliders to shut the backpack easily. In this case, you don’t risk wasting more time fixing your backpack.
If your zip and slider are in good working condition, you can close your overpacked backpack by place your weight on your backpack as you close it. You can use your knee to press the excess stuff into the backpack to close it with ease.
If your zip is distorted, you can use pliers to fix this problem. Open the zip completely. With your pliers, press the top and bottom of the slider together gently. This will make it easier to now close your filled-to-capacity backpack.
How To Fix Holes In Your Backpack Without Sewing
Due to their durability, many backpacks will have holes in their useful lifetime. You can fix these holes without sewing quite easily. The most common way to fix holes in backpacks without sewing is using duct tape.
First, make sure that the part you want to fix with duct tape is clean. You can wash or wipe away dirt with a wet cloth. Before you fix any duct tape onto the hole, make sure that it is completely dry to enable a proper attachment to the backpack.
It is advisable to cut your duct tape in the shape of the holes. If you have round holes, cut round pieces of duct tape.
Cut a slightly larger piece of duct tape than the hole. This ensures that the hole is properly covered. Cover the outside of the backpack first. Then, turn it inside out, cut another piece of duct tape and cover the hole from inside.
This keeps the hole in the backpack sealed and allows you to continue using it for a while.