Cloth Diaper Tip: DIY Cloth Diaper or Cover Elastic Repair

Posted by Julie on 8/20/2013 to Frugal Cloth Diapering
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One of the best things about cloth diapering is that they're reusable. Just toss it in the wash, and it comes out good as new. After awhile,though, you may find that your diapers aren't fitting cloth diaper elastic repair,diaper elastic replacement,diy elastic repairyour munchkin as well as they once did. The culprit may be "relaxed elastic". Elastic wears out any number of ways, but generally through time and use. There is a theory that repeated drying can wear your elastic out quicker as well.

Luckily, replacing the elastic in your diapers is a really simple process that only takes a few minutes. A note on the elastic you choose to "refresh" your diapers: I prefer braided elastic. It says specifically that it can be used for diapers, and I've had great results with it. Valerie at Diaper Junction gave me two Diaper Rite covers to use for this tutorial, but this process works for most diapers that I've come across.

Supplies:
  • Small safety pin
  • 2 5 inch long pieces of 1/4 inch braided elastic (3 if you intend to replace the back elastic as well)
  • a seam ripper or straight pin
  • Scissors
  • thread to match your diaper
Picture 1 shows the diaper before any changes. If you werereplacing the elastic in a pocket diaper, you'd want to turn it inside out.

cloth diaper sewing

Pictures 2 and 3 show the rough location of the elastic ends inside the casing of your diaper. Some diapers have a little tail of elastic sticking through that makes locating it easier. But you can usually feel the elastic by pinching your way along the sides. From here, you're going to want to grab your seam ripper and open up the casing where you felt the end of the elastic. You're aiming for a hole about 1/2-1 inch long. Do this for both ends of the elastic on both sides of the diaper (right leg and left leg.)

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You should have four openings in your diaper now, and the ends of the elastic should be visible in each hole. Ideally, you will have found the place where the elastic was sewn in originally. Picture 4 shows what you're probably looking at right now, a nicely popped elastic end. Pull the elastic so you can pinch it between your fingers and cut it. Don't let go! Grab your safety pin and new elastic and pin them together as shown in Picture 5.

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This is the tricky part. Work the safety pin into the casing of your diaper, but hold onto the free end of the new elastic. I use my teeth.Find the opening on the other side of your diaper and pull the old elastic. The safety pin will thread the new elastic through the casing. Be really careful to hold the free end of the new elastic tightly, losing it in the casing is not fun. Picture 6 shows the new elastic still pinned to the old, but ready to be sewn down. (Picture 7) Once the free end of your new elastic is sewn down, you can sew the casing shut (Picture 8).

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Time to turn our attention back to the safety pin. The other side of your diaper should still have the old elastic safety pinned to the new elastic.(Picture 9) You can now cut the old elastic off and discard it.

cloth diaper repair

The safety pin still should be on the new elastic. (Picture 10) Once you've pulled yourself enough slack with your new elastic to position it where the old elastic was sewn down without resistance,remove the safety pin and sew the elastic down. (Picture 11.) Once you sew the casing shut, you're done with that side. The process works the same on the opposite leg, and the back elastic as well.

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So what do you think? Do you find this blog post helpful? Think you'll give replacing your elastic a try when needed?

Comments

Date 8/20/2013
Daniel (Cheri) P.
very helpful tips! I've always wanted to know how to replace elastic :)
Date 8/21/2013
Kim Hendricks
Thanks for another awesome tutorial! Don't need to know this quite yet, but it is something I have wondered about!
Date 8/23/2013
Jennifer Cutright
Thank you for this tutorial! I've got a couple of Rarz that are still in great condition other than the elastic. Now I don't have to worry about them leaking and we can start using them again!! :)
Date 8/24/2013
Maggie Martin
Thanks for posting this! I have a few that need repaired. This is good to know.
Date 8/25/2013
Krystle
This is great! I'm new to CD and purchased a few used flips but had no idea that the elastic was bad until I purchased a new one! Was worried I wasted money! Super excited that its and easy fix! Thank you!
Date 8/26/2013
Jenn N.
Great reference. I have only had to add a snap because one loosened up.
Date 8/26/2013
Melissa
Prior to reading this I thought my diapers were doomed. Now I feel like I can replace the elastic! Even though my elastic is all stretched out, I've learned to not dry to covers in the dryer (pocket diapers). I have some more projects to add to my list!
Date 8/26/2013
Rachel N
Great tutorial, thank you. I have had to do some elastic in Bumgenius 4.0 but those are really easy to replace.
Date 8/26/2013
Krystal Glick
I've never had to repair any diapers.
Date 8/26/2013
Hope
We just started CDing, so no elastic to replace yet, but I'm bookmarking this so I can do it when the time comes.
Date 8/26/2013
anne b
Have not had to do this and hopefully won't for a long time!
Date 8/26/2013
Kim
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this!
Date 8/26/2013
Charity
Thank you! Very helpful! I will try this
Date 8/26/2013
Lauren H
There's NO way I'd ever repair a diaper!! I don't sew. The diaper would look absolutely dreadful if I even attempted!! I tried a dress..... Epic fail. Lol!!
Date 8/26/2013
Rachael Brenneis
I have some Bum Genius 3.0's that are in pretty rough shape but I'm too chicken to attempt repairs.
Date 8/26/2013
Sabrina brown
We use fuzzibunz so replacing elastic is easy!
Date 8/26/2013
Meghan V.
Well I do have one that needs elastic replaced. I've taken out the old but have not put in the new. So I've only half done it. :)
Date 8/26/2013
Melissa M.
No I never had, but thanks you for sharing If I ever need to I now know how. I'm book marking this gem. :)
Date 8/26/2013
Missy W W
I don't have any diapers that have lost their elasticity, but I shared so I can refer to it in the future! Thanks
Date 8/26/2013
Michelle L
I haven't replaced any elastics yet but I'll definitely do it myself when needed. I've already done a couple snap conversions, so how hard could it be? Thanks for the tutorial!
Date 8/26/2013
Angela Huber
This is great! I haven't had any elastic wear out yet, but when I do I know where to go! I'm 7 months in right now and so far the only repair I need is renewed aplix or converted aplix to snaps!
Date 8/26/2013
Marisol De alba
I dont think i could do this, ill just ask my sis to do it if i need too.
Date 8/26/2013
Laura Beran
No repairs needed yet on our thirsties :)
Date 8/26/2013
Jennifer Ireland
This is such perfect timing. My elastic just went out on my diaper rite cover. I dont know how to sew so I'm now on the hunt to find someone to fix my cover. These directions will be helpful for that person I'm sure haha.
Date 8/26/2013
Joelle
I have repaired the velcro in all of my BG3's and I had my mom repair the elastic in on of my StarBabyDesigns diapers because I didn't want to mess it up. It was one of my favorite prints, DINOS!
Date 8/26/2013
Chelsea Nation
Bookmarking this post! Thankfully my elastics are all in good shape but I would definitely give DIY repair a try!
Date 8/26/2013
Katie Stephens
I've heard it's easy to do with flips but I haven't attempted it yet - I have a couple I bought used that will need it soon
Date 8/26/2013
Alicia
I have a diaper where the top stitching threads have started coming loose. It wont take much to fix it, but I just need to do it. It seems there is always something waiting in that "repair" pile.
Date 8/26/2013
Tara Everheart
I haven't had to replaced my own elastic luckily :) Though, I don't have a sewing machine, so I couldn't replace my own if I had to.
Date 8/26/2013
Tara Everheart
I haven't had to replaced my own elastic luckily :) Though, I don't have a sewing machine, so I couldn't replace my own if I had to.
Date 8/26/2013
Brittanni
I've always wondered about this! Would be extremely useful especially for hard to find diapers. I always feel so iffy about using them because on one hand, they're gorgeous, but on the other hand the wear really shows since they're clearly older.
Date 8/26/2013
Krystle McNure
This is great! I'm new to CD and purchased a few used flips but had no idea that the elastic was bad until I purchased a new one! Was worried I wasted money! Super excited that its and easy fix! Thank you! (Just in case) lol
Date 8/26/2013
Brittany o.
I've replaced quite a few elastics - with varying degrees of success. Something always seems to go wonky the more expensive the diaper, lol!
Date 8/26/2013
Mel
Great tutorial, will save as I have not needed to make any repairs at this time
Date 8/26/2013
Mel
Great tutorial, will save as I have not needed to make any repairs at this time
Date 8/26/2013
Reesha McCollum
Fortunately I haven't had to repair any diapers in almost 2 years, but if I do then I'll share this post with my husband. I couldn't sew if my life depended on it lol!
Date 8/26/2013
Nicole Portillo
Make it sound so easy. Wish i was handy like that to replace this grovia elastic :/
Date 8/26/2013
Melissa c.
I've never tried, but this is a great reference!
Date 8/26/2013
Shanda Frydenlund
I haven't had to yet, but it is on my to do list and this was a huge help in making the choice to do it myself!
Date 8/26/2013
melanie hoffman
twins...and we started cloth diapering a little over a month ago - going great so far - much thanks for the tip cause we'll need it!
Date 8/26/2013
Tabetha G
I have replaced the elastic on a few diapers. It was not really that hard once I had done a few. The biggest learning curve was on how tight to make the elastic. There where a few of them that I could have made smaller. But I had fun trying, once I got over the fear of messing up my diapers. :)
Date 8/26/2013
Tabetha G
I have replaced the elastic on a few diapers. It was not really that hard once I had done a few. The biggest learning curve was on how tight to make the elastic. There where a few of them that I could have made smaller. But I had fun trying, once I got over the fear of messing up my diapers. :)
Date 8/26/2013
Bekah
I have repaired many BG aios over the past few years just like this and still have more to repair. I've also repaired fb xs.
Date 8/26/2013
Cassandra Tyler
I actually had to repair the elastic on a brand new Flip cover that I JUST got in the mail from the seconds sale....I don't think I did it correctly, the leg is now leaking.
Date 8/26/2013
marie ha
Haven't yet, but should, bc I was given ten pocket diapers that need it.
Date 8/26/2013
Nicole K.
I have repaired some of my BG 4.0 by replacing elastic in the legs! I did it all by hand, seemed easier to me than trying to hold things in place and get it under the machine. Ive also converted some alpix to snaps and its been so nice not to have the snag ups that aplix was causing in my washing machine!
Date 8/26/2013
Michelle Hill
Yes! I have replaced elastics in some hand me down fuzzibunz. Not hard but takes some time....
Date 8/26/2013
Angel
Looks much simpler than I expected! I think even I could do it without messing it up haha. So far all I've had to repair was a missing snap, though...
Date 8/26/2013
kristen
Ive been full time cd with my lo since she was a month old, four months old now, hoping to not need this info any time soon but Glad its here when I end up needing it someday!
Date 8/26/2013
Christina L
I love the step-by-step breakdown of this tutorial! It makes me feel like I might actually be able to do it in the future if necessary, despite my lack of craftiness.
Date 8/26/2013
Renee Hankenson
I found the pictures and information in the tutorial very helpful. Thank you for the step by step and picture breakdown. I haven't attempted to change the elastic in some of my daughters diapers. Seeing this blog post makes it seem super easy and quick that I may actually fix the ones needing fixed.
Date 8/26/2013
allisa h
I have not replaced any elastics yet but need to go to get some and redo a few of them. Keeping this bookmarked for when I do the project thanks so much :)
Date 8/26/2013
Jennifer N.
I've attempted to replace the elastic on my bumGenius 4.0 diapers. It was time consuming, but not too hard. Was worth it!
Date 8/26/2013
Breanne
Thanks for the tutorial! I'll definitely use it when the time comes.
Date 8/26/2013
Tia Edinger
I'm working on making my own cloth diapers, and elastic still seems so tricky to me. Maybe it'd be different repairing an already made diaper?
Date 8/26/2013
Elizabeth D'Angelo
I fixed elastics on my older Goodmama's. the first time I did it, I was a paranoid mess that I'd mess up the diaper but now I can do it in a quarter of the time!
Date 8/26/2013
Kimberly Hamel
I have replaced the elastic on one of my rumparoo diapers. It was fairly easy
Date 8/26/2013
Michelle Briggs
I love the article, so many great tips. I've replaced kamsnaps and elastic, but no huge repairs. That is the great thing about cloth, you can fix it if you need to!
Date 8/26/2013
Morgan
I successfully replaced elastics in an Applecheeks diaper recently! I think I could do it again if I had to too! Yay!!
Date 8/26/2013
paula mcclurg
waiting on baby girl, building my stash.. I will remember this post when I need to fix them!
Date 8/26/2013
Rae
While I haven't replaced an elastic, I can see myself doing it down the road. I'm pretty handy when it comes to sewing (mei tai carriers, car seat ponchos) and I'm sure I'll have a friend need an elastic replaced somewhere down the road.
Date 8/26/2013
Bobbi Steward
I have never had a need to fix the elastic on our cloth diapers. However, sewing machines and I don't mix, so it probably wouldn't be good to try and fix my own.
Date 8/26/2013
Lindsay
I have 9 rumparooz with spent elastic. Someone needs to fix them for me. ;-)
Date 8/26/2013
Tonia
I recently repaired the elastic in a few of my Rumparooz pockets. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! :P
Date 8/26/2013
Tina Hale
Great article! I'll have to remember these tips should I ever need to do repairs. Thanks!
Date 8/26/2013
Lisa Anders
I have a Blueberry Coverall that's only about 3 months old that is in need of some elastic repair. These instructions are great but I think it's still a bit much for me! I hate to admit this, but I don't even own a sewing machine! :/
Date 8/26/2013
Cabrina
I have not had to repair elastic on any of my diapers yet. I have had to replace some hook and loop, so I'd give it a try if it came to that.
Date 8/26/2013
Autumn Hegler
Haven't had to try yet but I think I could handle it
Date 8/26/2013
Beth F.
I haven't needed to do this yet, but it seems easy enough! Great information!
Date 8/26/2013
Holly Hogan
I haven't had to do any repairs yet but I would definitely have no problem doing it. Nice tutorial!
Date 8/26/2013
Amber Locke
I have a Thirsties cover that needs the elestic around the leg replaced. I haven't felt confident enough to try it yet..
Date 8/26/2013
Sarah Hayes
Ive never had to repair any of my diapers and Im glad I havent. theres no way I could do it on my own and I prob wouldnt pay to have it done unless I could find someone local to do it. hopefully i can make it through the rest of the time we'll be using Cds without any issues
Date 8/26/2013
Amy Meade
I think if I had diapers that were in decent shape except for the elastic I'd definitely try to replace it. After all, if I'm successful I've extended the life :)
Date 8/26/2013
Melinda Markel
I tried to do this once without a sewing machine and the PUL was too tough to get through by hand. I think it would be really easy with a sewing machine though!
Date 8/26/2013
Stacy Sedory
I haven't needed to do this and hope I won't have to!
Date 8/26/2013
Nicole
I had to fix a button on one of my aio diapers the buttons that held the flap inside came off! After one use! So I attempted to fix it. Its an at home only diaper now!
Date 8/26/2013
Kelly Johnson
I've never attempted to replace, but this will be helpful in the future. Thanks!
Date 8/26/2013
Hope
We just started CDing, so no elastic to replace yet, but I'm bookmarking this so I can do it when the time comes.
Date 8/26/2013
Carlene Loeffler
Great tutorial! I don't have a sewing bone in my body but with the step by step pictures and instructions, my diapers just might have a chance. Thanks!!
Date 8/26/2013
Jenn
I have some older BG that need new elastic and maybe converted to snaps. Still kind of scared to try!!
Date 8/26/2013
Hannah Parkison
I'm not the most creative person in the world so this will definitely help as a reference!!!
Date 8/26/2013
Ashley
I haven't had to do any elastics, but I did just finish some covers with teeny tiny holes in the pul with dritz instant vinyl!
Date 8/26/2013
Briana Homerstad
Never had to but I am glad that you posted DIY directions.
Date 8/26/2013
Bethany
I use prefolds and covers so my covers would be the only thing to fix if necessary. By the time they would need new elastic they would be ready to be replaced anyway. I only have a few in each size so they get a lot of use. Good info to know just in case though.
Date 8/26/2013
Gabrielle
I would/will probably replace elastic to maximize the life of my diapers, despite having no sewing experience. I wonder about adding elastic in spots that don't have it to begin with (like a pocket opening or along the belly panel)
Date 8/26/2013
kelsey
This is great! definitely pinning for future use. We're still new to CD so no replacements needed yet!
Date 8/26/2013
Patricia Mills
I desperately need to fix my elastic on my first set of diapers. My first set of BG 4.0s have seen 2.5 years of fairly well daily use.
Date 8/26/2013
ElizabethW
No diaper repairs yet. This info, definitely be helpful when I need to make any fixes. Thank you.
Date 8/26/2013
Lora v
I haven't had to repair any yet but I'm gla to see this tutorial! I am sure it's in my future!
Date 8/26/2013
Heather Ring
I have only been cloth diapering for 7 weeks so no repairs necessary yet, I can see this as helpful for the future.
Date 8/26/2013
Aurora Piña
Very helpfull!!. I need to replace elastic to 4 Grovia shells. Thanks!!!!
Date 8/26/2013
Kimberly Rimrodt
My little one tends to outgrow diapers well before the elastic has a chance to grow "tired". (Even the one-size ones are getting small, and he's only 9 months!! <:-0 ) I may have to look into sewing my own, as he's quickly getting into custom-fit territory!
Date 8/26/2013
Becky Knepp
I haven't tried repairing any diapers...yet. I just ordered some refresher kits from cotton babies to do the velcro on a few covers. Hopefully that goes well!
Date 8/26/2013
Lisa
I do not and have not had any diapers that needed elastic repairs but I have always wondered how to repair it if the need arises so this is very informative. Thanks for sharing!
Date 8/26/2013
sasha perry
I received 2 diapers from a friend which is was ultimately confirmed my decision to cloth diaper my daughter due in about 10-11 weeks. I had to repair elastic and the aplix on one and replace a few snaps on the other which for someone who isn't great with clothing repairs I actually did quite well I tested them out on my then 32mo old and had no problems in so excited to finally cloth diaper my third child had I known what I know now when I was pregnant with my son I would of cloth diapered from the start. But hey better late than never and thankfully I now know how to make my own repairs just in case!! :)
Date 8/26/2013
JenH
This is a great tutorial! I had no idea it could be so easy to repair the elastic in cloth diapers. My new mantra: I will not be intimidated by a little bit of sewing! I will not be intimidated by a little bit of sewing!
Date 8/26/2013
Marcie black
I fixed a seam on one diaper, and I have a snap applier on my amazon wish list to replace a few missing snaps, but so far my stash is holding up pretty well.
Date 8/26/2013
Copper Siegel
Almost all of the back elastic in my RAR's are shot but I'm putting off fixing them. They're the only ones I'm having issues with right now thank goodness!
Date 8/26/2013
Kate Barnt
I've tried to repair the elastic before on one of the first diapers I sewed by myself… I'm glad I tried it on that diaper because it was unsuccessful!
Date 8/26/2013
Caitlin
I have never needed the elastic changed but the Velcro on some of my aplix diapers go out so fast! Wish I was brave enough to try to replace that
Date 8/26/2013
Christine Lau
Amaze at how easy it is to repair the elastic and Velcro. My bumgenius 3.0 are getting well use with my 2nd boy. Only bad thing is this doesn't give me any excuse to buy new cloth diapers.
Date 8/26/2013
Rachel Garner
I'm new to cloth diapering so I don't have any that need repair yet. I'm hoping I can learn to do it myself, though!
Date 8/26/2013
Virginia Reyes
I have a pocket diaper, Happy Heinys cow print, that I got second hand. It needs the elastic redone and new pocket material. The PUL is still good. I am too apprehensive to do it myself. If I ever do decide to jump in and do it then I will come back and review this post! Thanks for the tutorial!
Date 8/26/2013
Jennifer Wilson
I haven't done it yet, but I would be willing to! Hopefully I won't ever have to :)
Date 8/26/2013
Hannah Peterson
No repairs needed so far!
Date 8/26/2013
Mandy Schaible
Thanks. I have been looking for a good tutorial on how to replace the elastics in my dipes.
Date 8/26/2013
Sara C
Thanks for the tutorial. I haven't had to replace any elastics yet!
Date 8/26/2013
Kimberlie
I replaced a snap on one diaper and added a couple hip snaps on a couple HH diapers. I have 3 with realized elastics that I am now inspired to fix instead of get rid of. Thanks for the encouragement!
Date 8/26/2013
Kaitie Donahue
I haven't done it myself but have some Freetimes that are in DIRE need of new elastic! Thanks for the tutorial :)
Date 8/26/2013
Megan
Interesting info! I have a nice little stack of diapers that need the elastic replaced, but Im just not sure about doing it myself! I dont sew well!
Date 8/26/2013
Alicia
Thanks for this! I've got a stack that could use new elastics!
Date 8/26/2013
Danielle Barlow
I have been thinking that I will need to use this tutorial in the next year! Funny thing is that I was thinking that I needed a tutorial on elastic repair, then you posted this!
Date 8/26/2013
melissa poteet
We ordered bum genius repair kits when 3.0s started leaking with baby #2. I think they were stretched out from #1. I was too chicken to do it myself but a friend replaced elastic in all my diapers and some with Velcro and they have been great ever since. When we are done with cloth I would consider selling my diapers with the repair kits usually $1 each. so happy to say we are using the same diapers 3.5 years later!
Date 8/26/2013
Whitney
I haven't had this issue come up yet (lo is 3 mos) but I'm gonna go ahead and day that I wouldn't even attempt to. No matter how clear the instructions are I would still mess it up and it would look like one of those Pinterest "nailed it" photos. No matter how crafty I think I am it never works out. It would just be an excuse to buy more fluff :)
Date 8/26/2013
Brandi D
I have never had to repair a CD
Date 8/26/2013
Jessica Brown
I have zero sewing skills so as of now I do t think I would dare to try to repair elastic on my cd's. sewing is on my list of hobbies to try. Great tips!
Date 8/26/2013
Miranda
Thank you for this! I need to replace in my BG's Ive replaced the Velcro but the elastic def needs replacing! :)
Date 8/26/2013
Amber Shinn
Haven't needed to replace any elastic yet (thankfully!) but I would like to redo a couple of my aplix diapers - they look so worn :( Not sure if Im up for doing that myself though. . .
Date 8/26/2013
Erin Ritter
I haven't needed to replace elastic but I will if I need to. I love my Softbums too much to let them go because of elastic!!
Date 8/26/2013
Tamara
I have repaired a few cloth diapers, but not recently. With my daughter I used prefolds and plastic covers but found that they were no where near absorbent enough. I ended up making a stack of doublers out of terry wash cloths around fleece, with a flannel top layer against the skin. That helped a lot!
Date 8/26/2013
Meg
Tried once. Next time will be neater!
Date 8/26/2013
Valerie
I am new to CD, so no repairs yet.
Date 8/26/2013
Tiffany Kreh
I've sent 10 AIOs out for repair because they're all I used in the beginning and I wore them out. Never attempted it myself - I'd rather donate them then spend my time on it lol.
Date 8/26/2013
Lindsay kaples
I love this! I just ordered 6 refresher kits for my BGs and this is exactly the info I needed to repair the elastic!! Thanks
Date 8/26/2013
Michelle H M
I have sewn elastic onto cloth diapers. It is fairly simple. The hardest part is finding the free time to sit down and do it. A quick tip, if the elastic is cut longer or shorter it can fit different sizes.
Date 8/26/2013
Jami F.
I have replaced the elastic on several of our diapers. This post was very helpful and gave me some tips on how to do it better the next time around. I have at least 10 diapers that need some new elastic and Velcro. I will be referring to this post again. Thank you!
Date 8/26/2013
Melissa Jane Sharma
I converted a few hook and look diapers to snaps but ended up with only half the diapers I did have snaps that worked. I can not sew to save my life so i'd probably send it out for repair as I rather not ruin my diapers. I would consider practicing on one the diapers I have that i don't really like.
Date 8/26/2013
Kelly Ball
Two weeks till being new g-ma. Twins! Attempted CD 25 yes ago. Super excited now with all the new technology! Enjoyed tutorial and would definetly attempt elastic repair.
Date 8/26/2013
Brittaney
I dont have any dipes that need repair yet, but I have never sown anythin that would be note worthy! I wouldn't want to risk it especially when the diaper rite covers are so affordable.
Date 8/26/2013
Sabrina brown
We Use fuzzibunz so replacing elastic is easy!
Date 8/26/2013
Sabrina brown
We Use fuzzibunz so replacing elastic is easy!
Date 8/26/2013
Michelle Reeves
I just replaced the leg and back elastic in all my BumGenius 3.0s to get them ready for baby #5. They were heavily used by my youngest two children and I converted several to snaps quite a while ago, now with the new elastic they are almost as good as new.
Date 8/26/2013
Rachel Stowe
I would def try to repair it myself if I had diapers with Velcro! We only have snap diapers right now but would love to try Velcro! I think it would be easier to get on my wiggle worm ;)
Date 8/26/2013
Rachel Stowe
I would def try to repair it myself if I had diapers with Velcro! We only have snap diapers right now but would love to try Velcro! I think it would be easier to get on my wiggle worm ;)
Date 8/26/2013
Katy
My diapers haven't needed elastic repaired, but we've sewn some velcro over some tired velcro on a few diapers. It works okay, but not exactly like new. It looks like the results of repairing elastic would be better!
Date 8/26/2013
Michelle
I haven't had to repair any yet, but I would def be willing to try!
Date 8/26/2013
StephL
I haven't had to yet but the day is soon coming when replacement is in order. I'll try it and probably enlist my mom to help.
Date 8/26/2013
Kristina Ebert
I haven't yet had to repair, but i have this post bookmarked for when i do.
Date 8/27/2013
Robin
I haven't done any repairs, but I have lots of sewing supplies and will certainly try it myself if I need to!
Date 8/27/2013
Jennifer Nishizaki
Tried to fix popped elastic in my GroVia shell but it just popped again immediately!!! So sad.
Date 8/27/2013
Sarah
I like the thought of doing my own repaired but my seeing machine is packed up :(
Date 8/27/2013
christine kangas
I've never repaired a diaper... and the few that needed new aplix someone bought off me and fixed it for themselves :)
Date 8/27/2013
Beatrice Williams
Well I have changed a few and let me tell you that it is a pain in my behind. I found a tutorial online and it looked easy until I actually started doing them. It's such tedious work and takes a lot of time so it is definitely not something that you can do while kids are awake and running around. I have two as of right now to replace but I'm holding off on them until I get a chance too. But thanks for the tutorial!!!
Date 8/27/2013
Samantha
No repairs so far, baby isn't due until November! But I have a healthy stash already and now know where to turn when/if I need to DIY a repair!
Date 8/27/2013
Kim H.
18 months in to our cloth diapering journey & I have not needed to replacde elastic, but with baby #2 set to come in the next couple months I'm sure it will happen! Glad I already know where to find a tutorial!
Date 8/27/2013
Dorothy Johnson
Things think this make me love sewing even more! I haven't had to repair because I don't have a stash yet, but I have no problem doing so
Date 8/27/2013
Katie
I have self replaced my Hook and loop to snaps, but it didn't work so well. Many snaps are difficult to put together. I can't sew so someone else replaced my elastic. Some of my diapers are beyond repair...
Date 8/27/2013
Theresa
Haven't had to with my BottomBumpers, nor do I really want to should the elastic finally wear out! But it's a good tutorial for those with a knack for sewing! :)
Date 8/27/2013
yohana sahanggamu
I love sewing and I definitely would do my own repair!!
Date 8/27/2013
Amy Bernick
The elastic on my cloth diapers might be a little stretched, but they work fine for my toddler. When we go to have baby #2, I may need to tighten the elastic for the new baby.
Date 8/27/2013
kayla Greyeyes
Last year I bought my first cloth diaper a flip diaper with velcro I was so excited. And then a month later I was devistated that the elastic was shot Now I just need to remember where I put it so I can put it back to use
Date 8/27/2013
Katie Hannan
I have one cover that needs elastic repair, but I have zero sewing skills. Even with this step by step I don't think I could do it. I did just get snap pliers I'm excited to use.
Date 8/27/2013
Kara Quihuis
I haven't repaired any of my own, but I do have a few that are in need of repair! I would love to be able to do it myself. This blog will definitely come in handy. Now I just have to dig out the sewing machine and find the time! That's the only thing that is stopping me ;)
Date 8/27/2013
Sharon Lachendro
I've never had to repair a diaper! The worst that has happened was a snap came off a diaper I hated so it was banished to the bottom drawer :)
Date 8/27/2013
Sally Galbraith
Never had to repair a diaper, but you made it seem doable if I had to! Thanks!
Date 9/27/2013
KelleyD
I have about 20 Flip covers that need at the very least their leg elastics replaced. I have no issues tackling them. However, I also have about a dozen Freetimes that the leg elastic is nearly shot on and I cannot for the life of me figure out the best way to go about doing it without completely messing up portions of the diaper. Tried dismantling on of the worst ones on a seam so I wouldn't have to cut into any part of it, but it was a huge pain. Any tips on how to replace those elastics easily without cutting lots of holes into the diaper to gain access?
Date 9/27/2013
Thankful For Thorns
I have pockets and have been replacing the elastic in them as I have some time to. I simply snip two small holes in the fleece and then do the safety pin trick too. It's worked well and there's no seam ripping involved. I don't have covers like this at all that I would have to replace.
Date 9/27/2013
Ginger
I've replaced elastic on several fitted diapers and covers I have bought used and cheap or been given to me. I find it easier to simply do it by hand, and I typically don't care about the color of the thread since they're already used, and would end up most likely donating down the line when we're done with cloth. When the elastic is sewn in the whole way, I often just leave the old elastic in there and add new next to it (removing elastic was too much of a hassle for me and ruined a Thirsties fitted when I did it). It's worked well on my Kissaluvs and Bummis covers, and saves me a lot of stress getting the old stuff out.
Date 9/27/2013
Ashley @ Forgetful Momma
This is how I replaced the elastic in some of my diapers already, and have a few more left to do. :-)
Date 10/2/2013
Mary S
Just pinned this! Thanks! I'm sure I'll need to do this someday!
Date 4/12/2015
Bethany
Doing this now...on my diaper rite covers and pockets. this tutorial works great for the legs but the back elastic is sewn into the seam with two rows of stitches all the way across... I can't sneak a tiny safety pin with elastic in the channel that is there so I guess I have to take out the whole seam?? Not sure how to proceed...maybe adding a note to your tutorial about this might help?? Thank you!

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