Patch a Leather Hole or Tear in a Cosplay Leather Jacket or Vest – 6 StepsSuzanne Bowen
Things that you need to patch a leather tear or patch a leather hole in your leather jacket or leather vest:
– Fabric glue
– Fabric scrap (It should be a leather fabric scrap that is as close as possible to the color of the leather jacket or leather vest. It should be somewhat larger than the tear or hole in the leather jacket or vest. Get ready to patch a leather tear correctly! The care of a leather jacket is important.)
– Sewing needle
– Seam ripper or fingernail scissors
– Tape (scotch tape or painters tape)
-Thread (Preferably… use bonded nylon thread if you will sew with a machine close to the color of the leather jacket or leather vest… or use waxed linen thread if you will sew by hand. It is more durable over the long run and is more water-resistant. The bonded nylon is better for use with a machine because the wax on the other thread will clog the machine.)
To Patch a Leather Tear:
1. Move the leather tear areas of the leather jacket or leather vest into the position that you want.
Move the damaged leather back into place with the dull end of your leather needle. Cover the ripped area with scotch tape. You will want the damaged area you put back in place… to stay in place!
2. Turn the leather jacket or leather vest inside out and find the place where the tear is from the inside.
Once you have turned the jacket inside out and have found the damaged area from the interior, awesome! But if your item has a lining — most of Suzahdi leather jackets and leather vests have viscose lining — find the seam that is closest to the compromised area. Slowly open the seam with a seam ripper to get to the opposite of the outside of the rip or hole. If your leather jacket or leather vest does not have a seam, cut a slit in the lining with a tiny pair of scissors to get to the damaged leather.
3. Now for the leather fabric patch … or any patch that has a design that relates to your interests or that somehow makes sense with the leather jacket or leather vest, i.e., motorcycle, scifi, career, hashing, Comic Con, or other orientation. This step takes place on the inside!
Attach the leather patch or another type of patch (that is bigger than the rip or hole in the leather) with fabric glue to cover the damage. Your fabric will obviously need to be larger than the tear in order to adhere and properly patch the tear. Press down on the patch for 15 minutes with something heavy that will not damage the leather jacket or vest to enable the glue to dry and fully attach the patch to the inside of the jacket.
4. Complete the repair now on the outside of the leather!
Carefully turn the jacket back to the correct side for wearing, the outside, that is. Remove the tape and use the dull end of the needle again to open the edges of the rip or hole. Add a smidgen of fabric glue between the leather patch 0r another type of patch and the damaged ends of the leather. Gently clean off any residue that is on areas you don’t want it on.
5. Let the glue dry for up to 24 hours before the next step.
Some people use a hot hairdryer to speed up the drying, but that will cause serious distress to the leather jacket or leather vest.
6. Complete the repair on the inside lining of the leather jacket or leather vest.
Turn the jacket or vest inside out again to get to the inside of the repair you have begun. Use the leather needle and bonded nylon thread to sew the hole together that was cut in order to get to the non-exposed, inside side of the leather. Feel like stitching your initials even if you are not sure how, go for it! What a cool personalization when you patch a leather hole or patch a leather tear. Take advantage of the trial of your skills.
In conclusion … a bit of advice…
One of the main ways that customers accidentally tear their leather jackets and leather vests is when they are in a hurry to remove the item off a hanger. Take your time, okay? The tip of that hanger can be heck on a beautiful leather jacket or leather vest. We distress some of our handmade leather jackets & leather vests. You can get a well-aged look over time. Just apply a bit of leather conditioner every 3-6 months to keep the item supple, resistant to damage and looking expensive!.