DIY bag repair. Remove scatches from leather handbag.

remove scratches from leather handbag

In this DIY bag repair video, I restored a scratched leather cross body leather handbag that I bought second hand from my local thrift store for $6.

Watch the DIY video on YouTube

The front of the bag was scratched and someone had, quite unsuccessfully, tried to use biro to cover them up. I knew this would be a really quick and simple restoration project – and I was right.

For this DIY project, I used:

  • eucalyptus oil
  • dishwashing liquid
  • shoe dye
  • shoe polish.

First I had to remove the pen marks. I did this was eucalyptus oil on a cotton ball. I then rubbed the eucalyptus residue off with the dishwashing liquid.

Next, I blotted shoe dye on a cotton ball over the scratch marks and worn areas. After letting this dry for an hour or so, I then rubbed the shoe polish across all the black leather on the bag. I let this soak in for a few minutes and then remove any excess with a clean cloth.

And finally, I polished the entire bag with a leather conditioning spray. And that’s it. It looks like new. This is now my new favourite bag!

See you next time,

clothes care

Why caring for our clothes, shoes and bags is important.

Clothing care, including shoes, bags and accessories, has many advantages:

  • ensures clothes last longer
  • keeps them looking great (and you too)
  • ensures they keep functioning as they should over time
  • reduces waste, keeping clothes out of landfill
  • saves money, reducing the need to buy more clothes
  • discourages fast fashion – one of the biggest global polluters


Clothing care increases durability

Proper clothing care ensures that garments, shoes, bags and accessories maintain their quality for longer.

This involves following care instructions on labels, using gentle washing cycles, air drying when possible, and storing clothes correctly. For instance, delicate fabrics like silk or wool require special handling to prevent damage. By paying attention to care instruction labels, storing clothes correctly, repairing and mending them, ensures your clothes stay in good condition for many years – even decades.

Caring for your clothes means you can enjoy them for longer, reducing the need for premature replacement.

Caring for our clothes reduces waste

The fashion industry is one of the largest polluters globally, with significant environmental impacts from production to disposal.

Fast fashion, in particular, encourages a cycle of rapid consumption and disposal, leading to massive amounts of textile waste in landfills.

When we extend the lifespan of our clothes through proper care, we can drastically reduce the volume of waste generated and the demand for new clothing production.

Ethical and sustainable

Caring for clothes aligns with the growing movement of supporting ethical and sustainable fashion.

By making a conscious effort to to maintain, mend and repair, rather than discard and buy new, we contribute to a shift towards more responsible consumer habits.

Clothing care equates to significant financial savings

Investing time in clothing care will equate to significant financial savings – now and in the long term.

By prolonging the life of our clothes, shoes and accessories,  we reduce the need to buy more clothes more often.

Mending clothes and repairing accessories can be less expensive than replacing with something new.

Over time, the money saved by not having to replace clothes frequently can be substantial – great for your hip pocket (and the environment).

Image and style

Well-maintained clothes and accessories convey a more polished, professional look, attributing to your personal style and how we are perceived by others.

Without doubt, looking good makes us feel better and boosts confidence.

Appreciating the designers and craftspeople

Caring for our clothes fosters a deeper appreciation for the sewers, tailors, designers and craftspeople who make our clothing and accessories, supporting a more thoughtful approach to the clothes we wear.