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If your backpack's side pocket has started to come undone, and the elastic is separating from the fabric, this easy-to-use guide will help you put the pocket back together again.

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  1. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack, How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Trim any excess thread and frayed edges from the fabric with your scissors.

  2. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Stretch the elastic to match in length with the fabric.

  3. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Tuck the fabric edge back into the elastic.

  4. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Pin the fabric and elastic together.

    • Working with needles and pins can be dangerous.

  5. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Begin stitching the fabric and elastic together.

    • Start about one centimeter before the tear begins.

  6. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Continue stitching and remove pins when you sew past the part they're holding together.

  7. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Stitch until you have passed the end of the tear by about a centimeter.

  8. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • End the stitch by tying a small knot close to where the thread passes through the fabric.

  9. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Cut the thread just above the knot so there is little excess.

  10. How to Fix the Side Pocket's Elastic on a Backpack: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Clean your work space and put away the tools

    • Congratulations, you're done!

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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