I repair a lot of diapers, from elastics to snaps even fleece so i’ve decided to put together a little tutorial on how to replace the elastics in different diapers. Whether your buying a bunch of used cloth diapers, or your just curious on how to repair your washable diapers this tutorial should help!
Today Ill be starting with Grovia hybrid shells. To start you’ll need;
*Sewing machine (or thread and needle if sewing by hand)
*Scissors (i love embroidery scissors because there perfect size)
*New 3/8 inch poly braid elastics (two 5 1/2 inches long for the legs and one 4 1/2 inch for the back )
Also don’t mind my fingers, i have a horrible habit of biting my nails :0 Must be my nerves with 4 kids ! Anyway here we go !
Here i have pictured a diaper with one side replaced (right side) and one relaxed (left). I will be fixing the back as well as they are starting to sound “crunchy” when stretched. When fixing the back i use the same technique as the legs.
Start by removing the stitches near the elastic. I remove all the ones between the lines i’ve marked in red (left picture). Next you will need to remove the ones along the edge where the diaper PUL and wicking jersey attach (Right picture)
Once the stitches are removed you will find the old elastic tacked in, remove those stitches. (Left picture) Repeat on the other side this time pulling the elastic out of the casing. After your complete your diaper will have two “holes” at either end where the elastics where encased. (Right picture)
Next take your new elastic and attach it to the safety pin. Starting at one side of the leg , feed the elastic through the casing (left picture) until your elastic end has been pulled through enough just to reach the previous stitching. (right picture)
Stitch across making sure to catch the new elastic.
Once the first side is stitched in holding it secure, thread your elastic through the rest of the casing till you reach the other side. (left picture) get the elastic settled in the casing as straight as possible and stitch to hold in place (right picture) Cut off the remaining elastic tail.
Finish the diaper by closing the stitching you opened at the beginning.
Congratulations! you’ve repaired your Grovias elastics! Repeat on all sides. <3 Good luck!
Don’t forget to let me know how it went for you in the comments below! Was my tutorial easy to follow? If you have an easier way let me know too, i love to hear your tips and tricks too!
<3 Nicole @ Sarah’s cloth