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« on: July 15, 2010 05:09:18 PM »

I have a beautiful, vintage, tapestry bag:

It is vinyl or pleather though, and the handle is ripping:

Is there anything I can do? I thought about just making new handles from some scrap leather I have, but there's really nowhere to attach the hardware so that I could put on my own handle. The handle is sort of built in to the metal of the frame, and I don't really have the tools to reattach something like that. Is there any kind of repair I can do the damaged spot?
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2010 08:09:47 PM »

Just a thought - what if you cut it all the way thru, then cut the other side the same distance then attached a new, short piece by zig zagging the 2 together? Don't how easy it would be, but it was just a thought.

« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010 07:54:58 AM »

Oh - looks difficult, but I understand why you want to save it. Maybe you could 'open' the handle, put a piece of thin but strong material inside (nylon or something like that) glue it in place, and close the handle again to hide the new strap.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2010 01:53:04 AM »

Isn't there some kind of like liquid vinyl? Like for repairing seats and the like? If not that, maybe putting duct tape (black) on the inside where it couldn't be seen easily and trying a clear glue? And if that turns out badly, you could always cover the straps (which should at least be solid) with some matching fabric?

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010 01:30:02 PM »

Repairing it with epoxy or some sort of liquid vinyl was going to be my suggestion as well. However, I would just plan to cover it. Luckily you have enough colors in there you should be able to find something that matches. It would probably give that whole are, which appears to be the victim of time and use, a little extra strength.

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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2010 10:28:55 AM »

take it completely apart and remake the beautiful fabric into a new bag.

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2010 06:06:01 AM »

I would take it to a shoe repair shop first and see if they can do anything with it. If it's vinyl, you'll have the devil of a time getting the right glue for the job. They might be able to make you a new handle. Up to you if it's worth the dough or not.

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