Over the last few weeks I have been working on a project. Kind of a big one…rehabing 15 of my pocket style cloth diapers. I was blessed enough to have a friend give me her stash of cloth diapers to use with Patrice. I have added a few items, but it kept nagging at me that there were a lot more of them that I was not using because the elastic was stretched out and they tended to leak.
I follow a lot of cloth diaperers on twitter, so I started asking questions about rehabing them. One person clued me in that Cotton Babies, the makers of Bumgenius, sell a refreshing kit that includes new elastic, pre-cut, and new aplix (velcro), also pre-cut, for $1 a packet and they don’t charge shipping!!!!
Another mama friend sent me a Youtube link for a video of someone fixing their diapers. I watched it many times.
Finally, I started ripping out the stitches to get at where I needed to put in the new elastic. It was torture. I didn’t have a clue where to start. I got so frustrated. I broke a seam ripper. I called a seamstress friend to see if I could hire her to do it. Chickened out from asking her. Kept at it. Picked a different diaper to try…Bingo!
Got one opened up. Then to sew. That part only took 10 minutes. And I had a wonderfully snug fitting diaper.
Over the last few weeks I have continued to rip out stitches. Friday night I got all of them opened up. Saturday I actually got a couple sewn.
Here is how it went down:
Turn diaper inside out. Look closely at your diaper to see if there is a spot where the elastic is exposed. Those are the easiest ones to work with.
|See the loope of elastic sticking out?
You rip out a few stitches at each end of the wasteband elastic. Maybe an inch or two at each end.
Then rip out an inch or two of stitching at each end of the leg gussets. When all is said and done, you will have exposed elastic at 6 places in the diaper.
Snip off old elastic where you started exposing it. Then sew the new elastic on to the diaper where the old is showing or started. Pin the unsewn end of the new elastic to the cut end of the old. Go to the opposite end of that gusset, pull on the old. It will pull the new in and through. Make sure it goes in flat and doesn’t twist.
Cut old elastic off, sew new elastic on. Repeat on other side. Sew seams shut. Try not to sew the elastic as that will reduce it’s stretchiness.
Next, turn diaper right side out. Rip stitched out of old elastic side tabs. Sew one of each of the sides of elastic to it’s “partner”. Just sew the rounded part, leave the bottom open so you can sandwhich the diaper itself. Finish sewing the tab onto the diaper. Sew the square laundry tabs over the old ones. The new ones are bigger and the old ones are SOOOO sewn on, just covering them is your best bet.
|Look at your beautifully rehabed diaper!
|See Patrice sporting her rehabed diaper? You should see the proud mama!!!
*this picture was taken with my phone 🙂