How to Repair A Diaper (Applecheeks)

By April Duffy •  Updated: 02/28/19 •  2 min read

The longer a diaper lasts, the better for your bank account and for the planet.
This is why I love talking about buying used diapers so much (you can read my ultimate guide to buying used diapers here), and cheer when I hear about siblings using hand-me-down diapers.

But the fact is, washing any piece of clothing over and over on a heavy-duty laundry cycle will cause wear and tear. For diapers, often the first things to go are the elastics and snaps. Both these parts of the diaper are of course essential. Loose elastics mean cloth diaper leaks, and broken snaps mean fit issues, which also lead to leaks.

Luckily, moms are nothing if not resourceful, so if you can sew, there are a ton of tutorials out there on how to fix these issues. If you have worn out AppleCheeks brand diapers, I have found a number of fantastic video tutorials for you on how to fix them, which I have posted below, they include:

These videos are all by YouTuber TheAgnolins, and only require a sewing machine, a seam ripper, and either some new snaps or some new elastic (1/2″ wide) depending on what you’re fixing.

Finally, if you watch the repair videos and realize you just don’t want to take the time to fix up your old AppleCheeks Diapers, I have some information on the ReLove Project for you.

How To Remove Old Elastics from AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers

How to Repair AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper Elastics

How To Change Snaps in AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers

The ReLove Project: For Your Old Covers You Don’t Want to Fix

Have some AppleCheeks diaper covers that need some new elastics or snaps but are otherwise in great condition? Don’t really have time to fix them and wish there was a good cause to give them to that would repair them and pass them onto families in need?

Great news, the AppleCheeks ReLove Project does just that! Even better, if your diaper covers are in good enough condition and are accepted into the project, you get a $5 credit for each one! That’s pretty awesome if you ask me. Check out the ReLove Project here.

April Duffy

April is the founder of Cloth Diapers for Beginners and author of The Cloth Diaper Wash & Care Handbook. Since 2015, April has helped well over 75,000 parents and caregivers cloth diaper their children through this website, her book, her YouTube Channel, and the Cloth Diapers for Beginners Facebook Group.