I have about 33 bumGenius™ 3.0 one-size pocket diapers that were supposed to last me forever. Ha!!
Did you know that hook and loop tape wears out with use and many, many, MANY washings? Well, now I do too. And the thought of spending hundreds of dollars right now on a new set makes my pregnancy heartburn and nausea come back. (I hesitated for two seconds about whether or not to buy some really cheap ones from China. Uh, no!) So when I saw other companies and WAHMs making their diapers with snaps, I thought DUH!
Here are all the supplies I need.
1. old diaps with worn out hook/loop tape
2. seam ripper
3. snap pliers (or press) for plastic snaps
4. plastic snapsI also used these to make things easier, but could have done without.
5. awl (came with my snap pliers)
6. rulerThis is so easy you won’t believe it.
Note: If you don’t have a snap press or snap pliers specifically for plastic snaps you will need to order one online. The ones at local JoAnn-type stores don’t work on plastic snaps. I got my pliers from Kamsnaps.com with 200 snaps for about $35. I don’t recommend paying over $100 for the snap press unless you plan to use it a lot.
First use your seam ripper to take off the wide strip of loop tape across the top of diaper and the two tabs of hook tape that normally would affix to it. (After I get it started with the ripper, I find it easy to gently rip it off with my hands.)
Now, of course, since I’m a perfectionist (yes I know I have issues) I’m gonna spend a little extra time pulling all those little threads out. They will probably come out in the wash, but I can’t wait that long!! :-)
Next, I mark about 8 places across the diaper where I want to put snaps. I start on either side of the middle and measure out about every 1-¼ inches.
Then, using either the seam ripper or an awl, I poke holes through the top layer of fabric where I’ve marked for the snaps… (notice my hand is up inside the diaper pocket) and push the cap piece into the hole. While my hand is in there I do all of them at once.
Placing the socket piece onto the cap, I make sure the pliers is centered and squeeze! TaDa!!!
Now do this with the rest of them.
Last step is to add the stud part of the snap to the two tabs using the same method.
Before and after….
Hope this is useful to some of you. Or maybe it will inspire you to make some other baby items using snaps. They really are super easy!!!