Restoring Hook & Loop Closure #Clothdiapers
#BumGenius 4.0 cloth diapers make up the bulk of my #fluffstash. Of those, about 1/3 have hook & loop (velcro) closures instead of snaps. When my daughter was just a brand new, tiny tot, I thought the hook & loop closures were great! It’s easy to get a perfect fit every time, and they’re easy to put on. However, after just over a year of use, the hook & loop tabs were showing definite signs of wear and were starting to curl, thus reducing the available surface area for attaching the tab to the front of the diaper. My daughter could lean over and pop her diaper off. Not only does my 14 month old walk, she runs, climbs, rolls, and does just about any other thing your average toddler can. As a result, I knew I had to do something to fix these diapers.
I emailed customer service at CottonBabies.com, and they suggested I purchase the BumGenius refresher kits. I’ve never seen them on their website before, but if you either click the link I have provided in the text, or check out their Used Diaper page, it will lead you to it. The refresher kits include new tabs, new laundry tabs, new elastic, and sewing instructions. I’m not exactly a super skilled seamstress. I generally sew in straight lines and only sew flat things (quilts, pillow cases), but I was able to handle this with my $100 sewing machine from Walmart without an issue. It took me about 15 minutes per diaper to replace all of the velcro. I did not replace the elastic, since my elastic is all still in good shape. However, at least I have replacement elastic for when I need it!
I photo-documented the restoration process for your viewing pleasure. Here’s what the tabs looked like before restoration:
Here’s the tab being removed with a seam-ripper:
Here’s what the diaper looks like with the old tab removed:
Now with the new tab sewn on:
The new tab & new laundry tab (very shiny and white - and not curled up!):
The restored diaper (voila!):
For just $1 each, the restoration kits are certainly worth the extended diaper life. In fact, I’m sure that I’ll be restoring them again before their life is up (baby #2 due in August!) I will say, though, that if I could go back in time, I would tell myself to buy ALL SNAP CLOSURES!! The diapers stay looking much nicer and maintain their functionality for longer. Oh well….lesson learned. :)