Here i will show you how to Change the elastic in your Bum Genius V3.0 Nappies. I purchased a bunch of these nappies from ebay, after my friends reccomend that i have some in my stash! So after discovering how much these are new, i decided that i would be best to buy them used, then that way if i found there werent the nappy for us, A) i hadnt spent alot of money on them and B) I could resell them back on for the price i paid.
Its now only 24days till when my Little Lady is due to arrive by C-Section, so i thought right i best get my Bum into Gear and start getting things in order, so i got all the nappies out to give them a good soaking in the bath, not that there needed it, but it will do them some good to be fresh. I instantly noticed that even though all the Bum Genius Nappies i have are the AIO’s BTP V3’s there were all different lengths when laid against eachother, i soon realised that this meant the Elastic probally needed replacing because after all these have been used.
When i purchased a couple of the nappies from ebay the seller had sent me 3x Bum Genuis fixing kits (3x elastic strips, laundry velcro tabs and side tabs) I soon learnt that you can buy these fixing kits from Bum Genius Direct for £1.00 each, which isnt too bad, £1.00 to fix each Bum Genius Nappy that you have. But me being me lol id prefer to obtain my own elastic and i did, i bought 2x Metres of Elastic exactly the same as Bum Genius had supplied in their fixing kit for 0.99p I had enough elastic to do 5x Nappies, so thats a saving of, £4.01 🙂
Here is what you need:
3x 6mm 8 thread Elastic
Crochet Hook 3/4mm
Here is how the back of the nappy looks like in its original state, there isnt alot of elasticity/gather
Turn the nappy inside out where the end of the elastic is located.
Using your seam ripper, Very carefully rip the stitches that en-case the elastic so that you can gain access to it. Again be very very careful to rip open only the thread stitches only, make sure you dont rip the nappy fabrics.
Here is what you should discover once those stitches have been snipped.
use a pen to mark the end of the elastic onto the nappy, as this will help when aligning up the new elastic. Use your seam ripper to remove the elastic, making sure to be extra careful that you dont rip open your fabric.
The elastic i removed from the back part of the nappy is the longest one and the shorter one at the top is how long the elastic should actually be. I was really shocked to see just how stretched the old elastic had become, i knew it was stretched out by looking at the nappy, but i got a shock at just how much!
align the elastic to the pen mark that you made from the original elastic and secure by using a paper clip. The beauty by using the paper clip is not only does it secure the elastic to the fabric but it also makes sure that during sewing, it keeps the underneath fabric away from the sewing needle.
before you sew, make sure you check the back of where you have placed the elastic to make sure that the fabric is not caught up
then with a straight stitch, sew forwards and backwards a couple of times to secure.
the original elastic had 2x lines stitched on each end of the elastic so ive done the same.
on the loose end of your elastic, put your safety pin through and close it.
place the safety pin through the original casing
using your crochet hook, feed this through the opposite end of your casing and push it all the way through to the other end where the safety pin is
hook the crochet hook up into the safety pin and pull it all the way through to the other end making sure its not twisted.
now align and sew up the elastic on the other end.
Heres how the back piece now looks with the new elastic strip in place.
Here is where it was originally stitched untill we ripped the stitches from the inside. You can of course leave your nappy like this, its perfectly usuable or you can of course sew it back up.
and here is the casing re-stitched back up, i used a straight stitch on a stitch length #2
ive laid the nappy out flat after ive replaced the elastic on the back and one side. Can you guess which side has the new elastic fitted???
Yup thats right, the right side has the new elastic with the left side still having the old worn stretched out elastic still in place, you can see just how much the elastic was worn out, by how long the length of the nappy is on the left compared to the right :-O
Before and After: The Nappy on the Left is Before and the one on the Right is After ive done the Elastic 🙂
Ta Dahhhh here it is all done and with New poppers instead of Velcro. Click Here to be taken my Tutorial on how to change your Velcro Nappies to Poppers….