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How To Repair a Leather Tear with Leather Glue

Finding a tear on your favorite leather clutch, jacket or even your car seat is the worst! Leather and suede are premium fabrics, and not only are they expensive to purchase, they’re also expensive to repair or replace. Before you give up and spend a fortune trying to find a new trusty handbag, try Aleene’s Leather & Suede Glue instead! It dries clear, permanent, flexible and strong, and won’t soak through or stain your leather items. Happiness is Creating will show you how to repair a leather tear with a little help from Aleene’s Leather & Suede Glue!

What you need:

Aleene’s Leather & Suede Glue

- Leather purse (or other item)

- Cotton, canvas or other natural-fiber fabric – color to match leather or as desired

- Scissors

- Damp cloth

Step 1

Cut tip of nozzle according to glue needs

If you have a new bottle of Aleene’s Leather & Suede Glue, you’ll need to cut off the tip of the nozzle before you get started. The great thing about the nozzle on this glue is that you can cut it to meet your glue flow needs. Each ridge on the applicator tip marks a point where you can cut the tip to increase glue flow. The top ridge indicates minimal glue flow for working with small projects and embellishments, while the bottom ridge allows for maximum glue flow when cut at this point. 

Step 2

Add a thin line of glue to tear

Next add a thin line of glue into the tear on your leather bag/item.

Step 3

Wipe away excess glue with damp cloth

Press the sides of the tear together as closely as possible. Wipe away any excess Leather & Suede Glue with a damp cloth. 

Step 4

Glue fabric patch in place over tear

Cut out a small swatch of fabric into a flower shape or any shape you like. Just make sure it’s large enough to cover the tear! Add Leather & Suede Glue to the back of the fabric patch and press in place over the tear. This will help reinforce the bond under the stress of daily wear and tear – and add a fun decorative element to your bag!

Step 5

Let glue dry completely

Let the glue repair dry completely, then your leather handbag/item is ready to use. See, no awkward stains or discoloration from the glue!

Step 6

Leather & Suede Glue leather repair

Not just for repairs, you can also use Aleene’s Leather & Suede Glue for making home décor, leather jewelry and embellishing your leather clothing and accessories with beads, fringes, trims, patches and more! What are you making or repairing with Aleene’s Leather & Suede Glue? Tag us on social @aleenesdiy and share with us!