Getting stuck in this broken backpack strap situation may seem terrifying; if you face this right, don’t worry, be calm, and read this article until the end to get the solution right away.

Sewing can be the best option in this situation, but we can use duct tape for temporary usage if it’s not available.

As if your backpack is under the warranty age, you can claim the warranty as soon as possible if you are not in a hurry.

Imagine you are on a hiking trip with your family or friends and suddenly your strap tears of, and now you have an option to lend your sleeping bag, tents, clothes, and gears to other members because these are the important stuff you have you carry with you while hiking.


  1. You can wait for the other travelers to help you.
  2. Carry your backpack to the restroom and hope for someone’s best advice.
  3. The best way, you can repair it by yourself, and it’s not that tough. Although, a backpack is an essential tool for all the stuff.

So, while traveling, always keep your backpack kit with you for any urgent emergencies, and in that time, you don’t have to ask for help from anyone else, and also it will save your money by not making you purchase a new backpack.

You should always have a backpack repair kit with you. As we say, precaution is better than cure, so play safe!

Here are few things you should have in your backpack repair kit

This is a first aid case for your backpack, which is a tiny one that will fit inside your bag or else inside your car.

Sewing Kit

Sewing Kit

Repairing your backpack temporarily will not work at all, and duct tape is not the best solution because that can tear out after some time. An old-fashioned thread is the best way.

A sewing kit should contain all the essentials like a thimble, necessary for those who have clumsy fingers, for protection, straight pins, and a set of strong threads. I Will advise you to replace the common thread with the nylon thread. This type of sewing kit is available everywhere, and you can get fashionable ones also.


It would be best if you always went for folded scissors, it will save your space. Do pick those scissors which are lightweight, sturdy, and durable. Scissors are used to cut the excess thread and also for trimming. There are scissors available, which come with blade guards so that you do not miss your hand while searching for other stuff inside your tool kit. Nowadays, scissors come with stainless steel models, so they are safe from rusting.

Duct tape

This tape is concrete that is readily available and can patch up hard materials also backpack tents. Most duct tapes leave a residue after removing, but some improved quality duct tapes do not leave any trail behind. It can bundle, join or seal heavy objects and bonds well on rough surfaces. These tapes seal out moisture and can resist wear and abrasion.

It can be used as a quick repair!


These areas useful as duct tapes are. These are used to tighten loose bundles and make your bag more spacious and attached to buckles and other gears. These are also very useful to secure equipment if you are carrying it outside the backpack. They are used to string other items in your bag like keys and help organize your bag perfectly. The nylon tie has the advantage of easy operation, sound insulation, self-locking, anti-corrosion, and durability.


It is used for quick repairs. It works on most surfaces and dries pretty quickly, which means there is usually no need to clamp materials together for a long time, unlike many other glue types. It’s specially designed to form strong bonds on many materials.

Pocket torch:-

These are great for night hiking and a great tool if you have to make repairs in the dark. It is also used to find stuff inside your bag if you are in a dark place. These have varieties, such as battery-operated, solar-powered, and also as dynamo powered setup. I would recommend you led torches, which last long, are brighter, and highly resistant.


Take a multi-knife tool. Many manufacturers that produce these have a knife. Apart from that, it has numerous useful tools, like nail cutters, bottle openers, cane cutters, and some knifeless multi-tool comes with rulers, screwdrivers, wire-strippers, hard-wire cutters, pliers, and many other functions. Mostly it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Tenacious tape

This high strength product is made from fabric and is mostly used to repair tents. This handy tape is used for quick repairs. It is used on plastic surfaces, polyester, nylon, canvas, leather, neoprene, and rubber. Keep a roll of this tape, and it will help you in many places. It’s such a fantastic tape that can be used to repair water-resistant gear. It can be used to improve the rips in your backpack and will help avoid tears spread. The tenacious tape is available in roll format and also comes in patches.


Most buckles are made up of low quality plastic, which can break at any point in time, so keep some extra hooks in your repair kit to save you from any inconvenience. Buckles are essential for back and hip support.

  1. Metal stapler:- Take a metal stapler with yourself; it will help you stick the repairs if you are using duct tape and will make the tape stick for a longer duration than usual.

There are two ways to repair your bag:-

  1. Sewing
  2. Duct tape

First, we will start with

How to sew backpack straps with Sewing?


Okay, your shoulder strap broke off accidentally or overloaded. Please take a deep breath; no need to worry, you can quickly fix it by the straightforward sewing method, which we will tell you. Sewing will save your money and time from buying a new one or asking help from other people and giving it out for repair.

Stuff you will need while sewing:-

  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Nylon thread ( take the thread depending on how wide your strap is)
  • Nylon cloth (around 2*5 inches)


  1. First things first take all the stuff out of your backpack completely; if possible, take out the frame.
  2. Keep the bag aside for some time.
  3. Take nylon thread and needle, insert the cable inside the needle and align the two ends of the rope and tie it so that the line doesn’t slip off while sewing.
  4. When done, trim off the extra thread.
  5. Take the backpack and keep it in a comfortable position so that it’s easy to sew.
  6. Cut the threads of the edge of the backpack where you have to sew.
  7. Take the nylon cloth and align it with your backpack strap; keep the nylon cloth over the backpack’s edge; this will protect the edges of the backpack strap. Make sure the nylon cloth edges are correctly placed.
  8. Start sewing the edge of the backpack strap to the nylon cloth with a needle. Make sure and look through, the needle is going back and through to the backpack strap and cloth both, and it’s not too close to the edge because it will get slip away, and then you have to repeat the procedure.
  9. Once you are done with sewing the backpack’s edges from one corner to the other, do close the stitch, or else it will get loosen. Everyone has a different method of completing the stitch, and we will tell you how it is relatively easy. Push the needle halfway through, wrap the thread around the end of the hand and pull the needle way through.
  10. Replace the thread if you need more while sewing; it will depend on the backpack’s size and the width of the strap.
  11. Replace the thread more than once so that it does not hurt to keep some handy.
  12. Use more nylon thread if required, but do not make it too much thread, or else it will get entangled.
  13. Now, you have to place this backpack strap to the end where you have to attach the rest; this will be along the backpack’s shoulder.
  14. Keep the strap in place and aligned, and apply pressure by pressing it and start sewing. Use the backstitching method suggested by many travelers, which is the best way to stitch backpacks. There are many types of stitches, but this one is used mostly. This type of stitch is not only reliable and durable, but it is also redundant.
  15. Now you are done with sewing all the sides, push the needle halfway through as we told you previously, close the knot so that it doesn’t get loose, and do it a few times to make it a firm knot.
  16. After that, cut the extra threads, if any.

Now, your backpack is ready again to carry all your stuff and free from any further damages—sewing s the easiest and durable technique to repair your bag.

If you know how to sew a backpack strap, then you can do any further damage repair in the future. Your backpack can wear and tear from the same place where attached after some time because it will get loosen, which is a sign of immediate repair.

Sewing is not a big deal if you have excellent and handy tools.


How to repair a backpack strap without sewingDuct Tape

Duct Tape

Keep this thing in mind while fixing a backpack strap. These straps are attached to many things, not only the backpack like sliders, buckles, and belts. When a backpack strap is detached, these things may fall off and get lost.

By using duct tape, we can repair a backpack strap without sewing.


  1. The same thing, first take all your stuff out of the backpack and put it in a safe place.
  2. Please keep all the stuff away while sticking the tape because some of the duct tapes leave a hard to take out residue, and even after washing, it doesn’t get off, so keep this in your mind.
  3. Clean the straps and edge of the separate parts of the backpack with a cloth to stick quickly and correctly.
  4. Let the strap and bag dry and wait until it dries completely.
  5. Now, cut-off the double-sided tape to cover the area. Cut it in the proper size so it fits properly.
  6. Then take the tape and gently push inside the gap, ensuring enough tape is inside and griping the sides correctly.
  7. Now insert the backpack strap inside and hold it tight while applying pressure with both your thumbs so that it gets a proper grip on the fabric.
  8. Using duct tape covers all the area, but don’t over the video it or slip off.
  9. Staple the two areas where the two ends are meeting, do it as many times as space provides, and use the metal staple because it has a good grip and can hold the fabric and the tape firmly.


Duct tape is treated as a quick fix and temporarily. Should use if you do not have access to scissors, needle, and thread. No video tends to stick to the tape forever, and it can easily slide away after some time creating further damages.


Here we end our guide on how to fix a broken backpack strap. But to avoid it at some level, choose a good quality backpack that covers all the bases. Bags are sturdy and not built to last forever, so you have to make the right choice and take proper care of your backpack, and it will last for a longer time.
Wear and tear are expected while traveling and eventually can occur at any time. You need to be prepared for this situation in advance.
But now you know how to fix and handle these situations.
Good luck!