How to Fix Leather Using Leather Glue

Leather is a durable material used in making clothing, furniture, footwear, and much more. However, leather can sometimes suffer damage in the form of cuts, breakage, or burns.

Fixing leather may be difficult, but with the right glue it’s easy. This guide contains information on using leather glue to fix leather items.

Here are leather products you can fix with glue:

  • Handbags
  • Shoes
  • Jackets
  • Furniture and chairs

1. Fixing leather handbags

The straps or handles of your handbag can come off without warning, leaving you distraught, particularly if it’s your favourite accessory. You don’t need to worry, however, with the right leather glue it’s easy to fix.

First, you must make sure the pieces overlap properly. Clean both surfaces to remove particles that could affect adhesion. Dab some leather glue onto both surfaces and press both parts firmly for a few seconds to bond. Remove excess glue with white spirit, or if it’s dried, with a scraper.

2. Fixing leather shoes

Stylish leather shoes can complement your outfit and really enhance your look. Still, your shoes can suffer damage that could ruin their appearance. For example, the sole could come off and start flapping when you walk. Flapping soles can be repaired with the application of leather glue. And the process is straightforward.

First, clean both surfaces to remove dust and dirt. Afterwards, apply a sliver of leather adhesive on the bottom half of the shoe. Press the loose soles back into place quickly after this to ensure they glue properly. It takes around 24 to 48 hours for the leather to bond fully. You can hold the parts together with a clamp to guarantee strong bonding.

3. Fixing leather jackets

Leather jackets are popular because they are stylish and durable. What’s more, they are resistant to the elements and will protect you in rain or snow. Despite their tough quality, leather jackets often suffer lacerations and burns that could create unseemly holes in the material. Leather glue can help solve these problems.

a. Fixing cuts in leather

Clean the surface with soapy water and wipe dry with a cloth. Pinch the cut area with your fingers and apply leather glue to the cut edges. Press together for seconds and leave to dry. Clean off excess glue afterward.

b. Fixing burns in the leather

Use sandpaper or another abrasive material to remove burned material from the edges. Clean the leather surface with soapy water and wipe dry.

Cut out replacement leather. Ensure it covers the burn hole and matches the colour of the affected leather material. Glue the replacement leather to the affected area. Hold firmly and let it cure properly.

Note: When fixing leather clothing, you may use a leather conditioner or leather dye to hide the marks and maintain the look.

4. Fixing leather furniture

No matter how you care for your leather furniture, it is bound to get cuts and scratches, especially if you have kids at home. Instead of calling the family handyman, you can use leather glue to repair the furniture and save on repair costs.

If it’s a small laceration, you can just apply this glue to the tear edges before pressing them together to bond. As usual, clean off excess glue and apply leather dye or conditioner if necessary.

Fixing large holes or deep cuts will require cutting out a piece of replacement leather. Ideally, the replacement leather should be the same colour as the affected material and should be large enough to cover the area.

Apply leather glue to the replacement patch and press firmly onto the affected leather. Hold in place for some time. Wipe away excess glue and apply leather dye to make the cut invisible.