How to Convert Hook and Loop to Snaps

Ahhh, the old hook and loop versus snap debate. While hook and loop cloth diaper closures are quick and easy to use, they do wear out more quickly. Recently I was given a cute Thirsties cover with good laminate and elastic, but the hook and loop was barely sticky and had become brittle and curly on the ends.

I don’t have a working sewing machine right now so I had to figure out a way to perform a quick and easy refresh on this diaper cover. Instead of struggling along with some not-so-good hand stitching to replace the hook and loop closures, I decided to convert the hook and loop to snaps. With a few supplies it’s an easy project for any beginner.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

For this project, I used only a handful of inexpensive supplies.

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Step 2: Remove Worn Out Hook and Loop

The first step in your project to convert the hook and loop to snaps is to use your seam ripper to pull out the stitches of the existing hook and loop. On my diaper, the binding on the edges was actually sewn over the hook and loop, so I needed to pull up the binding over the “loop strip” on both ends before I could fully get the strip off.

how to remove hook and loop with seam ripper

Tip: Be very careful when seam ripping. You don’t want to poke extra holes in PUL. It is not a very forgiving fabric in the sense that it doesn’t close up on its own and is very easy to rip or tear with a seam ripper.

Step 3: Determine Snap Placement

Next you want to mark where you are going to put your new snaps. I already had another cover with snaps so I decided to use that as a makeshift template. If you don’t have one you could always measure the top edge of your diaper and put as many or as few snaps as you want in that space, spaced evenly.

marking placement of snaps on cloth diaper

I chose to measure my existing diaper. I knew I wanted to do a single row of snaps so I would need two on each wing. So I measured my diaper with the snaps already on from the edge to the middle of the first snap. The first was about 5/8″ in from the edge and the second snap was about 2 1/2″ in. I then made the corresponding marks on the wings of my cover.

For the row across the diaper my existing snap diaper had 10 but was also about a half inch larger. I decided to make mine using 9. After measuring I found that they snaps started about 1″ from the edge of the diaper and went on a downward swoop. The snaps closest to the edges were 1 1/2″ from the top while the center ones were 2″ from the top. I kind of eyeballed the rest because the best part of this project is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. You know you’re in the right area long as you stay within the area where the hook & loop previously was.

snaps for converting hook and loop cloth diapers

Tip: The male snaps are called “studs” and these go on the wings of the diaper; the female snaps are referred to as “sockets” and go across the diaper. Every stud and socket needs a cap. For additional information on how snaps work, visit the “Snaps 101” page of the KAM website.

Step 4: Press Snaps into Place

After you have everything marked, use your awl and press to put the snaps on. The studs are placed on the wings and the sockets are placed across the waist.

I started by placing the studs on the wings. The process is:

  1. Carefully make a hole using the awl.
  2. Pull out the awl.
  3. Insert the cap on one side and the stud on the other side.
  4. Use your press to secure it.

Once all the studs are placed on the wings, do the same thing across the front of diaper with sockets rather than studs.

snap press for cloth diapers

Tip: Always double and triple check that your studs are facing inwards and your sockets are facing outwards. Can you tell I’ve made that mistake before?

Step 5: Finishing Touches

The last step is to sew closed any binding(s) you had to open to get your hook & loop off. I used a needle and thread to close the space by hand, but you can use a sewing machine.

Tip: Avoid using pins because they will add unnecessary holes to the PUL.

Optional

I like to put any new or altered covers into the dryer on high for 10 to 15 minutes. This may help to close any holes made during the sewing process and prevent leaks which could occur where holes were made.

 

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How to Launder Cloth Diapers

As cloth diapering moms, we’ve all been there at one time or another… We gleefully order cloth diapers online and anxiously await their arrival in the mailbox only to hear, “What? Another diaper!?” from a distressed husband who just doesn’t understand that we’re actually saving money. In response to the cries of “too many diapers” and the dreaded “budget”, here are some creative ways you can add to your fluff stuff on the sly.

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First things first: Do you shop online? Get your own PayPal. Stat. We are being sneaky here, yes we are. Do you shop locally? Cash is your fast friend. Let’s get started.

make money on etsy

Are you crafty? Got some extra time on your hands? Dust off that sewing machine. Wet those paintbrushes. Un-box your bedazzler. Take all your crafty junk you just made and open an Etsy store. While it does cost a small fee to list items, this could be your avenue to a supplemented income. Hey, you could even make some diaper doublers to sell!

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Sell yourself. Well, sell your skills. Fiverr.com is a site that lets freelancers of all types list and sell tasks (known as “gigs”) for five bucks and up. Most of the available gigs on Fiverr are in the realm of graphic design, marketing, and video production, but you can also find funny ones involving adorable little Ewoks, prank callsdancing hot dogs, and messages written in shells, Spaghettios, and other food. There are even a handful of entrepreneurial ladies willing to answer all your cloth diaper questions for $5. Browse the site to get some ideas on what sells. If you have an in-demand skill you can complete quickly, those “fivers” could add up for you.

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Ibotta (“I bought a…” – get it?) is an app that allows you to earn cash back on all sorts of purchases. You “unlock” offers by clicking on them and learning about a product. After you make your purchase for an unlocked offer, you do two things to verify your purchase: (1) scan the product barcode, and (2) take a picture of your receipt (or you can link your store loyalty cards to your Ibotta account to bypass this step) .The value of your verified offers accumulates in your Ibotta account until you earn at least $10, and then you can transfer the money to PayPal, put it on an Amazon gift card, or other options.

Get Paid To… Sites

I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t have the time to sit around and answer surveys or watch videos online. Sites like Perk.com boast easy money for little effort, often offering gift cards in exchange for however many points you manage to rack up (Target gift cards are tops in my book- they carry cloth!). If you have a spare laptop or phone, you can run these indefinitely and meet your goals fairly quickly. If you don’t, it takes a bit of time and a lot of battery power from your mobile device, so get your chargers out.

Swear Jar

If your house is anything like mine, you have a swear jar. My toddler is repeating everything and anything we say, and well, old habits are hard to break. The concept is this: if someone in your home drops the f-bomb or other similar offences, you put money in the jar. Have a flat rate or price per swear if you like. If your husband swears as much as mine does, he won’t notice when some of that cash goes by the wayside.

Cash Back

If all else fails, you can always just grab an extra Jackson as cash back from your grocery shopping trip. It won’t show up on the bank statement and I won’t tell if you don’t.


 

And don’t forget to make those laundered dollars count by shopping for cloth diapers on sale