How to Repair Leather

Leather is made from the tanned and treated skin and hide of animals. Some of the animal skins that can be used are from cows, snakes, lamb, deer, elk, and kangaroos. Leather can be used for a number of things like upholstery, garments, luggage, and shoes.

Leather products are expensive. When the material gets damaged, you can send it to a professional or repair it yourself.

You can repair leather by using a leather repair kit. These kits are low-priced and are easily available from department stores. You can also order them from the Internet.

A leather repair kit comes with a manual. There are several brands and kinds of kits available commercially. The contents of a kit include:

  • colored liquid adhesives for covering tears or rips;
  • spatula for spreading the adhesive;
  • textured grain paper to form grain in the adhesive; and
  • heat applicator to make the adhesive stick to the leather.

You can also repair small holes or rips in a leather product by patching it. Prepare a swatch of leather to cover the damaged part. You can cut a small portion from a hidden section of your jacket like pockets or linings. If that is not possible, look for patches sold in fabric stores, upholstery shops, or on the Internet.

You will also need: garment glue, polyester or silk thread, a heavy-duty needle, sharp scissors, a hammer with smooth head, paper, and pencil.

Remove the damaged portion by cutting a circular hole with sharp scissors. Put a piece of paper underneath and trace the circle. Cut this circle from the paper to serve as your pattern for cutting the circular leather patch. The patch should fit exactly into the hole.

Cut a round piece of linen with a diameter an inch bigger than the leather patch. Glue the leather circle onto the middle of the linen patch. Then stick the linen patch to the backside of the leather garment, with the patch fitting the hole exactly.

Use something heavy and even like a phone book to weigh down the patch while it is drying in place.

If the damaged area is big, you may need to seek the help of your tailor, the luggage repair professional, or the upholsterer.