Handbags carry a heavy load as women struggle to balance many roles in their lives. Keeping a handbag portable is essential to a busy lifestyle. While a broken handbag strap can be inconvenient on any given day, it’s no reason to ditch the bag especially if it was expensive or is one you can’t live without. Invest the time in repairing the strap so you and your bag can get back in business.


Determine the type of material the bag is made out of. Leather bags are more difficult to repair yourself, but cloth bags can easily be fixed with a needle and thread.

Get metal fixtures from a crafts store if the straps are attached using metal rings. Most crafts stores have a section with these rings.

Reattach a cloth strap by fitting the strap back into place. Take care to make sure the strap is the right length. Pin it into place and sew it down. While it may not look perfect, handsewing a strap in place is a quick and easy fix.

Repair a thin leather strap with a heavy duty needle and thread. It is tough work on the fingers, but is the simplest way to reattach any strap.

Consider removing the entire strap and fitting the handbag for new straps. This could be a good opportunity to revamp your handbag to have longer or shorter straps, cloth or ribbon straps, wooden handles, or other decorative touches.

Fix unmanageably heavy leather handbags (or just leather straps) at a shoe repair shop. Shoe repairmen have the equipment to deal with any kind of leather repair, not just shoes, and are a great asset for handbag repairs.