{Cloth Diaper Week} Cloth Diaper Conversion – Velcro to Snaps Tutorial

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You bought aplix diapers and now 10 months down the road the velcro just isn’t holding up after all of those diaper changes. What is a crunchy mama to do? You could buy new diapers, but that is expensive. You could switch to disposables, but that is also expensive. You could replace the velcro, but you’ll have to probably replace it again down the road. Or you could just covert your velcro to snaps, but doesn’t that sound difficult? The Rocky Mountain Mama promises me that it is an easy fix. She even wrote up a detailed tutorial for us, looks doable to me. Oh and scroll all the way to the bottom of the post and you’ll find her vlog tutorial, perfect for those of us (ME!) who needs a little extra visual guidance with things like this. Thanks Rocky Mountain Mama!

Cloth Diaper Conversion Tutorial
by: The Rocky Mountain Mama

Hello! I am the author of Rocky Mountain Mama. I started this blog to write about my journey to becoming a mother and now I use it to write about my adventures or misadventures in mommyhood. I am a “crunchy mama” to 2 year old Christopher James, who is the love of my life.

Cloth diapering is quite an up front investment and in order to protect that investment, I have decided to convert my diapers with velcro. Most of our diapers have velcro on them which was great at first. It was super easy and quick, but as time has gone on the velcro has gotten nasty. I have cleaned the gunk out of it, but it still doesn’t stick very well. After investing some money in Flip diaper covers, I realized that having snaps on diapers would actually be so much easier. Although bumGenius does sell velcro replacements, there would be no need to worry about the wash tabs and replacing the velcro every year.
As you can tell, the velcro tabs were curled at the ends and barely even stuck to the velcro on the front of the diaper. After doing research online, I decided to convert our BGs to snaps. I was a bit worried because I can barely sew on a button, but good thing is, there is no needle and thread needed!

snaps (size 20) from Kamsnaps.com
snap pliers from Kamsnaps.com
washable marker
seam ripper


Step 1: Take your sheet of paper and your ruler. You are going to make a 2×8 array with each dot 1-inch apart. I used my craft grid thingy for this (it was a bit easier than the ruler). Once you put a dot every inch and cut it out, you will have something that looks like this:

Step 2: Next, you need to poke a hole through each dot. Make sure you are careful not to stab your fingers.
Step 3: Now you need to place your template on your diaper. It makes it easier if you draw a straight line through all your dots. You can also do this in the first step before you mark your template. The first row of dots should be an inch from the top of your diaper. Use scotch tape to hold your template in place. Note: When you place your template on your diaper, you need to line it up so that you have two dots equal width apart from your middle size adjuster snap. Your right and left size adjuster snap should be lined up perfectly with the dots.
Step 4: Take a washable marker and mark small dots on your diaper.

Step 5: Now, take your awl and carefully poke a hole in your diaper. Be very careful to not poke through the liner. You need to poke through cover and the PUL only. I found the easiest way to do this is to put my hand inside the diaper and spread my fingers underneath one of the dots. I line up the awl, then as I push it through I pinch my fingers underneath the fabric to keep the awl going in straight.

Step 6:Once you have all your holes poked, take your cap and put one through each hole. The smooth part of the cap will be on the inside of your diaper. The easiest way to do this is to put your middle or index finger over one of your holes from the outside, then turn your diaper inside out.

Step 7: Once you found your hole, poke your cap through both layers.



Step 8: To make this entire process quicker, put all your caps in at once. When you are finished your diaper will look like a porcupine.


Step 9: Take your socket and place it on top of your cap.

Step 10: Carefully line up your pliers so that the cap is sitting nicely inside the little seat for it. I would barely pinch my pliers once I got the pin lined up in my pliers, then I would pull on the fabric until it felt lined up. Sometimes it would even make a tiny snapping sound once it moved into place. Your pliers need to be on both sides of your diaper – white rubber piece on top and the black rubber piece where your cap sits under the liner. Once you have your pliers lined up, pinch them all the way.

Step 11: Keep doing this until you have all your sockets snapped onto your caps. Next, you will mark your dots on your tabs. Take two of the end dots on your template and line it up so you have enough room for the flat side of your caps to fit.

Step 12: Mark them with your marker, then punch a hole through your tabs. This definitely takes a bit more pressure than the body of the diaper.

Step 13: Take your stud and place them on the pins of your caps.


Step 14: Same as before, line up your pliers. This is a lot easier now that you can actually see your cap. Once you have it lined up, pinch.


Step 15: When you are finished you will have a new wonderful diaper with snaps!

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