This post originally ran in January 2009. It’s almost a walk down memory lane as I work on potty training child number five this summer. It’s hard to believe I used to wash diapers every other day, and now it’s twice a week.
We use cloth diapers and nylon covers to save money on diapers. I do keep disposables in the house to use at MOPS, on field trips, or when we go to a family party. Sometimes I take a day off from laundering and use disposables.
As a result, now that we’re cloth diapering our fourth child, the diaper covers are getting pretty worn. From time to time, I’ve needed to sew the bias tape edging back in place, but I hadn’t been able to figure out how to fix the leg gusset elastic that has stretched over time. Until now!
Then I decided to sew a new piece of elastic on the inside of the leg gusset. I took a four or five inch piece of 1/4 inch wide elastic (about the size for the leg opening) and somewhat carefully pinned it in place. I stretched the elastic a little as I pinned and put pins in about every half inch. I tend to rush things so it would probably work even better to pin every quarter inch.
Then, using my sewing machine, I ran a line of stitching down the middle of the pinned elastic, stretching out the elastic as I sewed it. As you can see from the picture on the right, I didn’t stay in the middle sometimes, but that’s because I like to do things quickly.
Initially it took me about five minutes to do each side of the cover. As I got used to the stretching and pinning part, I probably ended up spending about 6 – 8 minutes doing the entire diaper.
The top back of the diaper cover also has elastic, but it hasn’t been an issue for leaks.
While I was working on each diaper, I checked the edgings for loose threads and cleaned up the velcro tabs.
At $8.95 for a new diaper, I’m glad that I was able to get our collection back into working order using the elastic that I already had in my sewing box.
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