DIY: Prefold Cloth Diapers with Snaps Coversion

Posted by Becca on 2/13/2014 to Cloth Diaper How-To

Tutorial: Adding Snaps to Prefolds

I like prefolds. I like them with a snappi, boingos, and sometimes I prefer them most with pins. Sometimes, I even love them tri­folded into a cover. But I didn’t always feel this way. Learning to appreciate this diaper took a while for me. My husband never understood why I liked them. He will use prefolds if they accomplish a purpose our other diapers can’t—such as combating a bout of sensitive skin and diaper rash, or because all the other diapers are dirty. Otherwise, he doesn’t see the point of having them if we already have the easier diapers.

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In an attempt to make things easier on my husband and on myself; and also so I could let my daughter go coverless in prefolds, I decided to make them easier to use by adding snaps to them.

The following is a documentation of my attempt (which turned out to be successful) and can serve as a tutorial for any of you who are interested in similarly altering your prefolds.

Supplies needed

Step 1

Snap placement.

Place your prefold on your baby the way you normally would when fastening with a Snappi, Boingos, or pins. Instead of fastening the prefold, mark the areas where the fabric overlaps when attached.
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Remove the prefold from your baby and place markings for snaps within the overlapping areas—sockets in the front panel (it’s rarely necessary to go all the way across the front panel), and studs on the wings. Add a few extra markings to either side of where the prefold currently fits your baby s/he has room to grow.
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Step 2

Add a size

If you want to make this more versatile, you can add a second row of studs on the wings of your prefold by folding the back down as you would when fitting it to a baby with a lower rise. In fact, your baby may currently wear his/her prefold this way so you may want to do this to begin with. You can also add a second row of sockets on the front panel.
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My prefolds have sockets on both sides of the wings. The sockets on the one side can be used to fasten when the diaper is folded down, and the sockets on the other side can be used to fasten when the rise of the diaper fits the baby perfectly.

Step 3

Add the Snaps

Follow the directions of your snap pliers/snap press for adding snaps to the specified spaces on your diaper. Remember, the studs will be added to the back wings, and the sockets will be added to the front panel.
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Step 4

Wear the diaper.

The diaper is now ready to be used. I really enjoy the simplicity of a prefold diaper now that one of the steps has been removed. Also, it’s nice to be able to wear the diaper coverless without having to use pins.
Fair warning, there are positives and negatives to this conversion. I’m glad I added snaps to my diapers, but I wish I’d only done so to half of them. The snaps make them much easier to use when folded around the baby’s bottom, but they really shouldn’t be used trifled into your diaper covers this way. Also, they’re less useful as burp cloths, rags, changing pads etc once the snaps have been added.


Date 2/13/2014
Trisha W
I bet with some power you could get the snaps off when you no longer need the diapers to be diapers and want to convert them to rags. =)
Date 2/13/2014
Genius idea! I might give this a try!
Date 2/13/2014
Removing the snaps isn't hard! Just clip them off with wirecutters, or I like to use a soldering tool (like $15 at harbor freight). There will be a hole left where the snapwas, but it shouldn't be a problem.
Date 2/13/2014
judith martinez
This is a cool idea. I love my converted prefold.
Date 2/14/2014
Suzanne Williams
I did this for last kiddo!
Date 2/14/2014
Johnny Rachel Miller
What an awesome idea! Can't wait to try this!!! Thank you!!
Date 2/14/2014
Bonnie W.
This is brilliant!
Date 2/14/2014
Genius! I have to try this!
Date 2/14/2014
Vicki Wagner
I really want to try this! I've been curious about how to use prefolds to save money.
Date 2/14/2014
This is a great idea!
Date 2/15/2014
Amanda O
Geez, and here i cut everyone of mine, sewed them and added snaps! Mine look like fitteds now, but i ruined a couple along the way. This is way easier!
Date 2/15/2014
Julie Wills
It's an interesting concept, but if we don't trifold, they're not absorbent enough. Wish I'd known about stuff like this when mine was smaller and we still folded different ways.
Date 2/17/2014
This may come in handy in the near future! Thank you!
Date 2/17/2014
Sarah Jane
Thanks for the tutorial! I'll have to try this out since baby #2 is coming.
Date 2/17/2014
I'm going to keep this in mind! What a great idea!
Date 2/17/2014
Samantha Yoder
I really wish I had a snap tool! I'd be putting snaps on all kinds of things haha
Date 2/19/2014
Kim H
This is such a great idea! We only own prefolds, but I have always been curious about fitteds, so this might be worth a try!
Date 2/21/2014
Jodi Gagliardi
This is an awesome idea. Might have to give it a try
Date 2/21/2014
Johanna Lemons
This is such an awesome idea. I've already modified my prefolds by adding my own elastic but this would be the final step to making them a truly fitted diaper!
Date 2/21/2014
Chere Stephens
I have to say, I'm new to cloth diapering. So far, I am not a prefold fan . . . maybe in my pocket diapers. I will try this soon, but I don't like the constant wet feeling. They are soft enough. I'm still in the trial and error mode, though.
Date 2/21/2014
barnolds barnes
Thanks for the tutorial! It's great that you tried something new.
Date 2/21/2014
Anna Kerbawy
This a great idea!
Date 2/23/2014
Melissa S
This is a neat idea! I'll have to try it at some point. :)
Date 2/24/2014
Great idea! Thanks for posting!
Date 3/13/2014
tarah davis-mock
i really need to get some nice prefolds and try this :)
Date 6/6/2014
April Brown
Thank you for this tutorial!!
Date 6/7/2014
Cassandra deNevers
I think I'm gonna have to try this with a few of our prefolds. I cannot seem to get the tight enough with pins.
Date 7/11/2014
rosy moreno
Why is it that ive washed my prefolds more than 10 times and they don't look as near as soft or absorbent as these. =(
Date 7/23/2014
Audrey G.
Cool idea! I don't know if I would do that to my prefolds, but it's cool to see!
Date 8/31/2014
I'm so glad you shared this! I have some snap prefolds like this from a Canadian company called Rearz that I snagged for a great deal a couple of years ago. They've stood up well through two heavy diaper abusers, but I'm dubious that they'll make it through #3, as they're starting to show their age... Looks like I'll finally be putting the KAM press my mom got me last Christmas to use! Gotta have new baby's stash squared away months before I'm due, donchaknow ;-)
Date 2/11/2015
Kait WK
I love this idea! I Looks so easy to do too. Now to convince my husband to buy the snap supplies lol
Date 2/23/2015
katie m
This is so cool! I would love to add snaps to my prefolds so I can for sure get a more snug fit on the prefold than with the snappis. Thanks.

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