October 31, 2012

Replacing Front Loop Velcro on a Flip Diaper

When I bought these diapers, there was the option to get snaps instead of velcro, but I liked the velcro because I could put it on to an exact size and it was also much quicker than doing up snaps. I don't think I regret it, but I knew they would eventually wear out. I've had them for a year now and use them a lot and the velcro is so worn out that my son moving around in them causes them to come off. There is the option of replacing the velcro with snaps, but I couldn't find this type of snap in my area. I did find velcro though, so I'm just replacing the velcro. 

This is how the diaper was originally with the worn out velcro.

 Here I've pulled out the stitches at the top to be able to get behind the vinyl and at the velcro.
 An inside out view of the removed stitches across the top.
 Behind the vinyl, I also removed the stitches holding the velcro and took the velcro out.
 The velcro is successfully removed.
 Here, I've pinned on the new piece of velcro being careful not to pierce the vinyl but only the PUL.
I couldn't find any velcro at 1.5" so I'm using 2" wide velcro. I've cut it to 10" long and marked the center, centering it over the center snap. 
Here is the velcro all sewn on. I wished I had pinned the edges better as both sides did shift some.
And I pinned then across the top.
 And here I've edgestitched it in place. I didn't have the exact green, but I used a different colour green and I think it did alright.
 All finished on the inside.

Now that I've replaced the front loop velcro, I notice that the hook velcro is also not very good anymore. I'll have to replace it another day.

I posted a link to some good video directions: Replacing Front Loop/Velcro on Bumgenius


  1. I cannot seem to get the stitches out along the top! Any secret to that? I serge stuff all the time and have no trouble getting overlock stitches out so I'm stumped!

  2. I'm not sure if there's a special way to do it. I start in the middle pulling out a several stitches in a row from the front or back. Once there a gap then I start gently tugging the two layers apart and go in between the those layers with my seam ripper. This way I can do a couple rows of stitches at a time working my way across the length of the fabric.