How To Repair Nylon Fabric

by Melissa Martinez ; Updated September 28, 2017

Preserve the durability of your nylon gear in a few simple steps.

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Nylon is valued as a synthetic fabric for its durability. It is waterproof and lasts a long time, which is why many jackets, military gear and outerwear are made of it. Even with its durability, though, rips and tears will occasionally occur. If you find yourself with nylon fabric that needs repair, you can take it to a professional. If this is too expensive or simply not an option, you may be able to repair it yourself at home.

Unroll enough nylon tape to thoroughly cover the tear, rip or hole. Make sure you leave enough tape beyond the tear so that it will adhere to the fabric. Use your scissors to cut off the measured amount.

Remove the backing from the tape and discard it.

Press the tape to the damaged area sticky side down. Smooth it out using your fingers, making sure that no air bubbles form. If an air bubble forms and you can't smooth it out, peel the tape off and try again.

Turn the material over or inside out. If there is no sticky side of the tape showing from the other side, you are done. If you can see the sticky side of the tape, proceed to the next step.

Measure and cut another piece of tape to cover the exposed part of the first strip of tape. Repeat steps 2-3 again. The repair is now complete.


  • Nylon tape is available at sporting goods stores and stores specializing in outdoor equipment as it is commonly used to repair tents, backpacks and clothing made of synthetic materials. You may see it called by various names, and it is available in several different brands.

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Melissa Martinez has been a freelance writer and copy editor since 2003. She specializes in Web content and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle" and is now the section editor for a minor league sports news wire. She attended Seattle University.