Straps are one of the most common areas in backpacks that tear due to excessive usage.
You can somehow manage to still use the backpack by knotting the strap so that it feels tight, but it will not hold for a long time.
Just because straps are tearing, that doesn’t mean you have to purchase another backpack.
The more threads come out of the straps, the thinner they become.
Before you face something awkward, in this article, I will share how to fix a backpack strap step by step guideline with you.
Even if you don’t have any threading or stitching skills, with some tools, you can fix it easily.
How to Fix a Backpack Strap Step by Step Guideline
I also had no idea how to fix such a problem that I went through many times in the past.
If I had known about the fix, it would have saved a lot of money that I invested in new backpacks. Hence, to make sure you don’t make a similar mistake, I will guide you through the processes.
Things You Will Need
The first and foremost thing that you would need is obviously the nylon webbing. 2m nylon webbing should suffice your needs for this case.
If you don’t find the exact same color, try to get one that is close to the color of the current straps.
A pinking shears to cut in zigzag shape.
A seam ripper to rip the stitches.
Cut the Straps
Take the shears and cut both the straps similar to the height of the straps that the backpack came with. You can customize the size larger or shorter according to your preference as well; don’t have to go with the exact same size that the backpack comes with.
Cut the Stitches
Then, take the seam ripper, and cut stitches on the edges that are holding the strap. If there are zigzag stitches, insert the seam ripper to cut all of them at once or try a couple of times. It will save both time and effort.
When you finish cutting the stitches, now, you should be able to remove the strap from the slit of the back panel of the backpack.
Insert the New Strap
Now, insert the new strap into the X shaped slit. Consider adding a pin to make the strap temporarily stick into the X.
Stitch on the strap in an embroidery machine, creating an X shape stitching. If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you can hand stitch it, but it will not be much strong.
Then consider stitching the top of the strap around the edges. And finally, make a narrow zigzag stitch where the strap ends.
Repeat the processes with the other strap.
Finalize the Fixing
Once you are done with both the straps and they are properly stitched to the slit of the backpack, attach the straps into the loops of both shoulders.
To give a finishing touch to the fixing, fold the edge of a strap about ¼ of an inch, then fold it again about 2 inches. Head to the embroidery machine again to make multiple straight stitches until you think it’s strong enough not to come off the stitches easily. Do the same with the one strap.
That’s it, you have finally fixed the straps of your backpack and saved a considerable amount of money that you might spend on a new backpack.
The next time you come across a similar issue with your other backpacks, you now know what to do. And if you see the straps of your friend’s backpack is losing the stitches, you can help and impress that friend of yours.
How to Reinforce Backpack Straps?
You don’t need to do stitching and sewing if you can prevent the straps from tearing in the first place. Unlike other straps, you cannot double up the nylon because it will look awkward when you go outside. Thus, over stitching the straps to reinforce doesn’t suit here.
Fortunately, there are other ways to make the nylon straps stronger and reinforced. Look for fabric glue in departmental stores. Apply the glue on the seams, over threads, and around the edges of the straps.
Also, you can apply industrial grade E6000 super glue; it works best for synthetic fabrics. Both work great and tightly hold up fibers. The glue will prevent the nylon straps from breaking and fraying. Regardless of abuses and punishments, the straps will withstand conditions extremely well.
If you frequently adjust the shoulder straps, stop doing it for the sake of its durability. Every time you adjust, the metal or plastic buckle slightly wears the fabric, which is impossible to notice unless the wear becomes visible. Therefore, make sure you don’t adjust the straps too often; it will increase the longevity of the straps.
Ways to Extend the Life of a Backpack
Whether it’s day-to-day commuting, camping, hiking, or traveling, your backpack is an important piece of gear that takes care of all your supplies and accessories inside it. Taking care of a backpack isn’t difficult, it’s more like using a backpack in the right way.
- When you reach the destination, put the backpack on the ground facing the shoulder straps and back-padding upwards. Straps and padding wear when these come in contact with the surface. Stones can scrape the texture, and dirt can reduce the durability of the material.
- Once you get back home, keep the backpack in your wardrobe or any other place facing the straps and padding against the wall. Be sure not to keep it under a pile of clothes to keep the shape intact.
- Try not to offload the backpack with other backpacks tied up by ropes. It can severely damage the back-padding of the bag. Carry your backpack as long as it’s possible for you to do.
- When you are trekking, cover the backpack with a rain cover. The less you expose the backpack to sunlight, the more the water-repellent layer of the fabric will be in good shape. Do the same while transporting the backpack by a vehicle.
- Loose or detach the shoulder straps when you store the backpack in a wardrobe.
- After each trip or trek, consider cleaning the backpack properly. It will reduce the dirt build-up and make it much easier to clean.
Hopefully, this article was beneficial enough for you to learn how to fix a backpack strap step by step guideline. Don’t abuse the backpack unless you have no option left in some situations. Otherwise, it will not last long, no matter how sturdy the material is.
Brian Millar is the owner and author of Backpackreviewed. Brian spent every possible minute outside. His passion for the outdoors led him to earn a degree in Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2010. A guy who is trying to get away from his desk so that he can fish, hike, travel and just be in outdoors!!! Find him on Twitter here. Happy reading!