Repairing the Corners on a Clear Plastic Purse?

I must have a clear purse to carry my diabetic supplies at work. The problem? After a while, the corners develop holes which are small enough to not really matter, but they scratch my skin and hurt. Is there anyone out there that knows how I can fix that myself? I have a Thirty-One clear bag, and that is not cheap enough to just trash and replace.


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October 2, 20170 found this helpful
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You can try pushing in the jagged edges and putting on a clear epoxy from the inside to keep them shut.


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October 3, 20170 found this helpful
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"Plastics" actually come in many different forms so be careful and give your repair ideas a lot of thought as what may work okay on one type may not do well on another.


  • I believe your bag is a softer type but when "broken" it has sharp edges as the material is thick.
  • I have repaired plastic containers by using a heated iron on the corners. Just touching the hot iron melted the sharp corners but this can also cause damage if the iron is too hot or held more than a couple of seconds. This was just a touch and remove and a 2nd time to seal.
  • This was not done on something that anyone would see but it did not look too bad.
  • This requires an old iron that will not be used on nice clothes as some plastic may stick to the iron.
  • I would suggest this as a lost resort unless you are going to try doing your repair with any kind of tape.
  • I do not believe that any kind of duck tape will work because it always seems to curl at the edges or curved ends where a cut is made.
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  • I have used clear Gorilla tape and it seems to last a long time. It stays clear and lays flat.
  • I believe they also make Gorilla tape in colors now.
  • It is inexpensive and can be bought at most big box stores - Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot - hardware stores, auto parts stores, and on line from any number of sites.
  • Here is one site that shows product.
  • You may have to think about the best way to apply tape so that it covers the area that is giving you the most problems.
  • My daughter's idea was to file the sharp edges, take a pretty (but thin) scarf, place inside bag, and poke it through each corner and let a one or two inch piece hang through each hole. Maybe start a new trend...

If you decide to use a tape I would suggest you try to file down any really sharp edges. Maybe try some sandpaper or a nail file might work. Edges should be pretty smooth or they may poke a hole in the tape after a period of time.


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October 2, 20170 found this helpful

There are a few methods you can try to repair the corners of your bag.

  1. Duck tape is a fantastic tape for repairing such holes. Nowadays this tape comes in different colors. You can try mending the corners of your sack using a colored duck tape.
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  3. Epoxy is yet another effective way to mend your sack. You should find another plastic similar to this and cut a small piece. Then glue it in place. If the edges are rough you can cut away the rough edges and then apply your patch.
  4. Heat is also very effective when repairing plastic. You can try heating up the plastic and fusing it back together. Be careful with this method and use the proper tools. Don't heat the plastic too hot because it will melt. You should try using a small paint spatula and heating this up. Then carefully apply the heated metal to the hole to fues it back together.

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October 16, 20170 found this helpful

Secure edges with duct tape or clear packing tape.


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