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Leather Tape – Types, Uses, and The Best Ones to Use

Whether you want to repair your leather couch or car seats or create your own leather wallets, belts, or clothing, leather tape could be just what you need to get the job done.

Single-sided leather tape can be used to repair almost any kind of leather, from couches to auto upholstery to leather clothing and accessories. It comes in various colors and widths to match the color of the leather that needs repair and the size of the area that needs fixing.

There are various DIY ways to repair leather. You can sew it together or sew on a patch, but leather is difficult to sew. You can buy a leather repair kit, which is more time-consuming and may involve smelly glues, or you can use leather tape, which is specially made to repair leather or faux leather.

What is Leather Tape?

Several types of leather tape are available for different purposes. To repair damaged leather, you can opt for tape that features a genuine leather surface with a strong adhesive backing, effectively bonding it to the underlying leather. This method is often simpler and more convenient than traditional leather repair kits, which typically involve using adhesive glue.

For crafting your own leather projects, double-sided leather tape is designed to temporarily secure leather pieces in place until they can be permanently sewn together. It’s also useful for finishing seams with precision and ease.

Black Leather Tape - Liberty Leather Goods
Black Leather Tape

Leather Tape Uses

Furniture Repair

Do you have a rip in your leather couch, or did your cat claw up the arm of your leather recliner? If you want to repair your leather furniture, leather tape is an inexpensive and easy way. This tape comes in various widths and colors, so you should be able to find one to match the color of your item and the size of the damage. You can even buy a leather repair patch for easy fixes — kind of like permanent band-aids for your furniture.

Make sure that you clean the surface and allow it to dry before applying your tape.

This repair tape is made from either real leather or faux leather. Real leather is derived from animal hides, while faux leather is often made from synthetic materials like polyurethane. Neither is that expensive, plus you don’t need a lot. So, I’d recommend getting real leather tape for a real leather item and faux leather tape if your furniture is faux.

This leather tape comes in various colors, so try to find the one that matches your damaged item most closely. ONine brand offers 45 different colors of tape! If you’re shopping online, getting a good color match can be tricky. But you shouldn’t have too much trouble if your leather is brown, black, or beige.

Auto Upholstery Repair

The same leather tapes and patches that you use to repair furniture can also be used to repair rips in your leather car upholstery. I haven’t had to repair my car upholstery (yet), but people report that leather tape holds up well on auto upholstery even if the interior is baked by the hot sun and/or sits out in freezing weather.

Leather Tape for Clothing, Purses, and Leather Accessories

Single-sided Tape for Repairs

You can use leather tape to repair rips in leather jackets or other leather clothing. As with furniture or car upholstery, always clean the surface first. If possible, apply the leather tape to the wrong side of the fabric. It will show up less that way. Of course, if it has a sewn-in lining or a crack rather than a tear that goes all the way through, apply the tape to the right side of the fabric.

If you have a purse or other leather accessory to repair, it works the same way. If you are putting the patch on the outside, you can try to match the color — or if you’re feeling creative, you can use a stylish leather patch to add a whole new color.

Double-sided tape for DIY projects

Many professionals use double-sided leather tape to make their own leather clothing or accessories. In the past, they used leather glues and contact cement to hold pieces together in preparation for sewing or to finish seams after they were sewn. However, the downside is that leather glue can be smelly and messy. Still, I’d say it’s worth a try if you are a leather DIYer.

If you’re using thicker leather for a wallet or belt, perhaps you won’t need to finish seams. But just like you might pin the fabric together before you sew it so that it doesn’t move around, you can make sure that your leather pieces stay exactly where you want while you sew them, giving you a better-finished product without using messy, smelly glue.

Here is an informative video on how to use Double Sides Leather Tape

Helpful Leather Tapes Start With

Here is an easy-reference table with paid links to items that I trust — these are some helpful leather tapes to try.

TypeDescriptionSource
TapeONine Leather Tape Self-Adhesive Leather RepairView on Amazon
TapeAzobur Leather Repair TapeView on Amazon

Types of Leather Tape

Unless otherwise noted, all of these tapes can be used to repair any type of leather or faux leather.

Single-sided Tape for Repairs

Real Leather Tape

  • MastaPlasta sells rolls of real leather tape and leather patches in various natural colors. They also offer decorative patches, including a red heart and a leather band-aid.
  • ONine comes in 45 different colors, including bright colors and neutrals.
  • Bonaier Leather Repair Tape comes in several different brown colors, as well as black and white, and can be used on other upholstery fabrics and real and faux leather.
  • Azobur comes in 14 colors, including black, white, and brown.
  • Numola Leather Repair Patch Kit comes in black, white, and several neutral colors. It is thicker than other patches and is especially good for repairing leather in your car.

Faux Leather Tape

  • Match ‘N Patch is a faux leather tape that can be used to repair real or faux leather. The manufacturer recommends it for areas that “aren’t major interaction points.” It comes in black and white tape and several shades of brown. The company also sells patches.
  • Pelle Patch sells 25 different colors of synthetic leather patches that can be cut to size
  • Duck Brand Duct Tape is not technically a leather tape but can be used on leather. However, it won’t hold in places that get a lot of use, like the seats of sofas or chairs. It won’t look like leather, but it will hold, and you can use it to create funky designs. It is not recommended for car use, as it won’t hold up well in extreme conditions.

White Leather Tape

White leather tape can be useful, especially for upholstery that needs repair. This can include couches, sofas, dining chairs, stools, and any upholstery that will see sizeable traffic and need a durable fix.

Black Leather Tape for Sofas

Black leather tape is very helpful for use on black leather sofas. These can be either natural leather or faux leather, where the tape can help provide a sturdy and durable surface while holding together smaller rips and tears in the material.

Brown Leather Tape for Sofas

Brown leather sofas and related shades of tan can benefit from specifically brown leather tape and dark brown leather tape. This will help the tape blend into the color of the sofa, making it less noticeable while also providing a strong and durable surface that can hold up to the sitting traffic the sofa might see.

Leather Tape for Car Seats

Car seats endure many conditions daily, including hot, cold, abrasions, spills, and wear from frequent getting in and out of the vehicle. Leather tape can help pull rips and tears together, protecting the cushioning underneath while also blending into the seats so it’s not very noticeable.

The key here would be to find leather tape that closely matches the color tone and surface finish of the existing car seats. When chosen wisely and applied well, this can be an easy and effective fix for ripped or torn car seats.

Gray Leather Tape

When working with items beyond upholstery (which gray leather tape can work well for), such as jackets, gray leather tape can be a temporary or sometimes great permanent fix. Sewing is usually an option, though the tape can be perfect for small tears or a quick repair. It can also be cut down into smaller pieces depending on how or where it is used.

Beige Leather Repair Tape

Beigh leather repair tape is useful for upholstery, seating, luggage, clothing, and small accessories. As long as the color match is relatively close, it is a great way to apply a quick fix to small rips and tears.

Self-Adhesive Leather Tape

Most leather tape is self-adhesive, which allows it to bind to torn or ripped areas of leather surfaces or other materials and hold together those repaired areas from further damage. This makes the application very fast and easy.

Real Leather Tape

While some leather tapes are made from plastic or vinyl, others can have a genuine leather surface above the adhesive. This makes them effective at holding rips and tears in place while also having a natural leather surface that matches the item being repaired, blending in smoothly.

When possible, using real leather tape is the best option, and it is closest in look and feel to the original leather item being repaired.

Black Leather Tape/Black Leather Repair Tape

Black leather repair tape is likely the most common color for leather repairs. Many auto upholstery projects use darker colors, and many leather jackets and accessories are also black. If you have a specific project to fix or are looking to have some handy in the shop, black is usually a useful color to have nearby.

Faux Leather Tape

Some leather items are made of faux leather; this might be due to a preference for lower cost (faux leather is generally made from vinyl or plastics), the need for water resistance, or certain finishing textures or properties that can be easily applied to the surface.

Faux leather tape that closely matches the material being repaired will usually be most effective in making a repair that performs closely to the original material and also looks most similar so that the fix is not very noticeable. Faux leather tape is available in various colors, widths, and textures.

Double-sided Tape for DIY Projects

  • Tanner’s Bond Adhesive Tape This tape from Tandy leather comes in 3 widths and can be repositioned, so it doesn’t provide a permanent bond.
  • Ted’s Tape is a permanent adhesive that comes in three different widths.
  • SLC Super Strong Double-sided Basting Tape can be used to hold leather in place while sewing.

This video explores how you can use Tanners Leather Tape on leather clothing.

Where to Buy Leather Tape

Home Depot

Home Depot carries a few tapes that are likely best used on faux leather. If needed, these faux leather tapes (vinyl/plastic) can usually be used as a temporary fix on natural and other leather items.

Walmart

Walmart carries a good variety of single-sided and double-sided leather repair tape. These can be used on upholstery, clothing, and other leather items and accessories. The tape can also be used for craft projects.

Amazon

Amazon carries many leather repair tapes, patches, and two-sided leather tape. The benefit of looking on Amazon is the wide variety of options, colors, and finishes available; you’ll likely find what you need for projects or repairs here.

Others

Many craft and fabric stores also carry leather tape. A brick-and-mortar store can be a great resource if you need something the same day or would like to look closely at the tape before purchasing it. The variety might not be huge, depending on the location and size of the store, but depending on your project or need, they might have just what you’re looking for.

Best Leather Tape

Choosing the right tape can make working on a project easy and effective. It provides strength and durability, along with a visually appealing color match.

Single-sided Leather Tape for Repairs

Azobur Leather Repair Tape

Azobur makes quality single-sided leather repair tape available in wide widths and many colors, making it versatile for different repair needs and aesthetic preferences.

Match’N Patch

Match’N Patch makes one of the most popular leather tapes. It is strong, durable, reasonably priced, and comes in various colors and surface patterns.

MastaPlasta

MastaPlasta produces specialized upholstery repair tapes intended for quick, easy fixes. Their surface matches real leather in appearance and feel. If you’re looking to repair a noticeable tear in a couch or leather chair, MastaPlasta is a nice option.

ONine

ONine makes a leather repair tape that is good for upholstery, handbags, jackets, and larger accessories. It comes in a long roll to cut and apply as needed.

Numola (especially for leather car seats)

Numola makes a very wide (4-inch) leather repair tape. This is especially good for car seats where tears might be long and require strong adhesion across the areas to keep the rip stable. The surface colors allow for use across many common leather colors.

Double-sided for DIY

Angel Crafts

Double-sided tape is great for leather projects and craft projects that use leather. Angel Crafts makes quality, acetyl-free, double-sided tape that can be used on leather and other fabrics and materials.

Tanner’s Bond Adhesive Tape

Tandy Leather makes Tanner’s Bond leather tape that works well, holds strong, and is quite durable. It can bond leather to leather or other materials when used as part of a craft project or other repair/design effort.

Helpful Insights

What is the best leather repair product?

The best leather repair product will depend mostly on the type of leather being repaired and the size of the needed repair. In general, MastaPlasta makes quality tape. Also, Tandy’s Tanner’s Bond Adhesive Tape is strong and effective.

What tape will stick to leather?

Most tapes will stick to leather, though finding one that forms a strong bond is key. Tapes with strong adhesives will usually perform better (since they need to bond to the leather fibers). Specialized leather repair tapes, which account for these unique uses, will generally perform best.

Is there such a thing as fabric tape?

Yes, there are tapes specifically made for fabrics and thin materials. These might work well on some thinner leathers, though a leather-specific repair tape will usually work best for thicker leathers and more permanent holds.

How do you stick leather to leather?

Leather can be stuck to leather with leather tape. Leather glue adhesives can certainly be an option, but leather tape can work excellently in some cases, such as a rip, tear, or need for easy application. Various types, widths, colors, and strengths are available, making it possible to find one that can likely be a great fit for your project.

How do you join two pieces of leather together?

Leather can be combined using several methods, including sewing, gluing, and taping. Taping is usually the fastest, though depending on the application, a more permanent fix such as gluing or sewing might be required.

Conclusion

So now you know how to use leather tape for repairing leather or your DIY projects. Leather tape is cheap, easy to use, holds up well, and doesn’t have smelly fumes like leather glue. If you have cracks, tears, or stains in your leather furniture, clothing, accessories, or car upholstery and want to fix them yourself, give leather tape a try.

 

Related Questions

Will 3m tape stick to leather?

3M makes a wide variety of tapes. The company recommends using its adhesive transfer tape to bond leather. This type of tape is generally used for manufacturing and not for household use. It is available, however, in smaller packages from office supply stores, art supply stores, and, of course, Amazon.

Does Gorilla Tape work on leather?

Gorilla Tape will stick to leather but may not be the best leather repair solution. If the rip is out of sight and not in a place where it gets a lot of use or friction. It should work just fine. However, on a sofa cushion or leather jacket, for example, it will probably wear loose over time and leave a sticky residue.

Also, it will not look as nice as leather tape because it will look like — well, it will look like a piece of gorilla tape. On the other hand, it may be less expensive than leather tape. So it might be worth trying on something that won’t get a lot of wear and tear and doesn’t have to be aesthetically pleasing.

What is leather tape for bike handles?

You can also buy leather tape to wrap around metal bike handles to make them more comfortable to grip. We didn’t discuss this today, but if your handlebars are metal, this tape could make holding the handlebars a little more comfy.