Imagine you are walking through the woods with your friends and family having some great fun. The journey is strenuous since you are hauling a lot of stuff, including tents, camping gear, and food. Plus, people are counting on you since you have to carry the luggage that is a lifesaver.

All of a sudden, all your load swings on your back with a snap noise. You see that the backpack strap failed you and snapped amid a strenuous journey looking at the backpack. Now, what will you do to carry your load through the trip?

Will you ask your friends to share the load? Or will you carry it back to the base cap where you can find a way to fix it? Or third, should you go to fix it all by yourself.

While the first two options might not seem possible since your companions might already have their share of the load, trekking back to the camp will be a lot difficult if you have come too far. So you are only left with the last option, fix the backpack strap all by yourself.

However, it might take you some time, but it will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. If you want to be prepared for any unfavorable situation like this, then read this guide till the end since here we will tell you how to fix the backpack strap in different ways to carry out your journey content and securely.

How to Fix Backpack Straps by Sewing?

While in the woods, you should have your emergency kit ready with the tools like a needle, thread and scissors etc. You never know what nature holds for you or what your luck entails, so for that, it is good if you carry an emergency kit with all kit and caboodle.

By using the backstitch method, you can quickly fix it. This technique saves your time and the expenditure of getting a new backpack for the next trip.

Tools Required

Following are the tools that you need to fix the broken backpack strap.

  • Needle
  • A yard or two of Nylon upholstery thread
  • A piece of nylon cloth 2-5 inches long
  • Scissors

Steps to Sew the Backpack Strap

1st STEP

empty the bag insert thread

First, you need to empty the bag from all the kit and caboodle. Now you must hold the backpack in a position that suits you the best. Align the backpack straps properly. For best practice, you can also remove the frame sheet.

2nd STEP

Insert the nylon thread into the needle and secure the two parts of the thread. This would guarantee that the needle does not slide off when you are set to sew the strap. Cut the excess thread after you have finished. Now remove any seams or loose threads from the backpack’s shoulder strap.

insert nylon thread

3rd STEP

cut excess thread

Next, fold the nylon fabric well over the edge of your bag strap, aligning it with it. It will serve as a protective coating for the pack strap’s ends. Remember that two edges of this strip of cloth need to be in level with the strap.

4th STEP

Now start the sewing process by using a needle. When you start sewing, look for the edge of the strap and nylon cloth, as they both must be appropriately aligned. Keep in mind that the nylon thread ought to go through both strap and cloth during the sewing. Besides, make sure that stitches are not excessively closed to the edge; otherwise, all this work will go in vain since it might slip off.

fold nylon fabric

5th STEP

start sewing fabric

After finishing sewing the edge of the strap and cloth, you should close the stitch properly so it will not rip on again. A lot of people come with several methods to secure the stitch. However, the easiest one is to push the needle halfway. While you push the needle halfway through the fabric, wrap it around the pointing of the needle and pull the needle to form a stitch. You can repeat this 2 to three times for more secure closing of the stitches.

After patching the nylon fabric to the strap, now comes the time to secure it back to the backpack.

6th STEP

If your thread in the needle is short, then go on to replace the thread. Keep in mind that longer threads lead to more tangling and difficulties in seamless stitches.

close stitch properly

7th STEP

replace the thread

Firstly, align both the backpack strap and the torn part of the backpack. If it’s the shoulder part, you should level it with the shoulder or the lower part of the shoulder strap, then align it with the best fitting place.

8th STEP

Now you should keep the strap in one place that is aligned to the backpack. After that, maintain the pressure on the strap, and start sewing it. Among numerous types of stitches, the professional adventurers suggest using the backstitch method. You can backstitch the backpack strap since it is a very secure and viable technique to repair it.

align strap and torn part

9th STEP

secure the stitches

After done with the stitching of the backpack strap, you will need again to secure the stitches. As described earlier, you can pull the needle halfway through and loop around the thread now, pull the needle, and it will stitches to lock in place. You can apply this step a few times to secure it perfectly.

Once done this, cut off any loose or frayed ends at the edges, securing your backpack from any further damage. This is the first technique on how to fix a backpack strap. 

After finishing the stitches, cut the thread. Also, look for any loose or frayed thread at the sides of the strap so it remains secure and safe.

You see, this was the first method to repair the strap; if you do not have access to thread and needle, then for that, look for the below-mentioned methods.

How to Fix a Backpack Strap with No Sewing?

When repairing a bag strap, there are several points to bear in mind. Shoulders are commonly connected to various items, including customization options, buckles, and sometimes even drawstrings. These components have the potential to slip off and become misplaced when a backpack strap is uninstalled.

Stitching the backpack strap on is not difficult if you have the appropriate equipment, as we have demonstrated. If you have this equipment on hand, you will be able to reattach the backpack strap quickly.

You can handle any issues that get to your feet if you are familiar with fixing a backpack strap.

Fixing the Strap by Using Duct Tape

fix backpack straps with duct tape

1st STEP

You ought to empty the backpack from all the stuff. This way, you can make sure that the stuff does not get ruined while fixing the backpack.

2nd STEP

You will have to clean the ruptured strap till it’s neat. It may be hand washed or wiped down with a damp cloth. After that, you will have to air-dry it. Straighten any creases with steel since you will have no access to iron at that point so that any straight bar will do the job. You can warm the bar and press it onto the strap just as you do with irons. Make sure not to overheat the iron bar that burns the strap. Depending on the material of the strap, it’s recommended to press it with a protecting cloth.

3rd STEP

To start the procedure of reattaching the strap to your backpack, you’ll require two-sided duct tape. Attach the two-sided duct tape to the peak of the backpack, in which the strap was previously attached. Then, using duct tape, bind the upper section of your strap. Ensure the tape fills any gaps or holes that the strap might well have left when it snapped.

4th STEP

Attach your strap to the duct tape’s sticky side. Remember that when you are reattaching the strap, it should lie in the same spot where it snapped away. This keeps your bag balanced with the help of other straps that are not damaged. To guarantee that the strap fits tightly on the pack, push the duct tape along with your fingers.

5th STEP

Now that you have correctly fixed the strap cut another tape piece to paste it over the strap. This aids in securing the strap all the way more tightly to the sticky tape. If you use too much duct tape, the strap may slip away, so refrain from using too much sticking.

6th STEP

After the strap is appropriately held at a place by the duct tape, now stape the sides of the duct tape; you need to staple the duct on the pack and the upper part of the strap. This way, you can increase the duct tape’s resilience by holding the strap to the bag. Enabling you to hold as many things as needed in your bag without damaging it.

Few Nuts and bolts That You Need To Carry On Your Excursion If In Incident You Need Some Repairs

backpack repair kit

Backpack Repair Kit

While out on the expedition, a repair kit is a must-have. Since you will be bugging out for days and do not know what nature holds for you, you need to carry a repairing kit to tackle any unfortunate situation like gear failure. This way, you will save money and be prepared for emergencies.

Sewing Kit

Like we stated earlier, the duct tape and stapling of the straps is no permanent solution; however, for best practice, you can use the backstitch method to reattach the backpack strap. The backstitch method might seem a bit old fashioned and obscure, but it will undoubtedly be a long term solution. While on an adventure, you must carry a sewing kit that houses sewing needles, buttons, firm thread, buckles, and pins. This way, you can tackle any unfortunate situation like a backpack strap ripping apart.


A scissor is another must-have for travelling. Several scissors come in compact and foldable style and are super light to carry. You can even put the scissors in the sewing kit as well.

Duct Tapes

When vacationing, carry a roll of Duct Tape on board. These tapes are constructed of tent material and have a high-strength stickiness. Plastic materials, neoprene, vinyl, rubber, synthetic fibres, nylon, canvas, and sometimes even leather may all benefit from this sort of tape.


Every backpacker’s kit must contain a knife or, better yet, a multi-tool that incorporates bottle openers, tin cutters, clippers, rulers, screwdrivers, wrenches, wire-strippers, hard-wire cutters, and other helpful tools all in one compact form factor.

Extra Buckles

Many backpacks have average plastic buckles that are prone to breaking or damaging if you carry a heavy load. So for the best practice, you can carry a few spare buckles in your kit that will save your journey if some buckle breaks.

Torch or emergency light

A pocket torch or a compact emergency light is the best thing to carry in your backpack. While bugging out for days, you have to stay in the dark and wild so a light source can best serve in such circumstances. A torch can be battery-operated or solar-powered, or in some torches, you might get dynamo power. Among these, the solar power torch is best since you do not need to fear for the battery to run out. In the other two scenarios, you can always carry spare batteries.


In a few simple steps, you can mend your backpack strap by yourself. However, we strongly advise you to conduct thorough research and select the best backpack for your requirements. Always seek backpacks that are built to last. However, no bag can survive forever; you need to replace the backpack after some years. When you choose your pack correctly and use it with caution, it will almost certainly last longer than you expect. Now let us wish you have never had to replace your favorite backpack and that you enjoy a pleasant journey with it.