Repairing bumGenius Leg Elastic

Since we’ve been cloth diapering Paxton for over 18 months, some of our diapers were showing a little wear. The only issue was bad leg elastic. It was gaping on Paxton and there was no way these diapers would fit Weston {and contain anything!} Thankfully, I found an amazing and easy tutorial on repairing bumGenius leg elastic! I followed the tutorial┬ástep by step and over the course of about 2 weeks I fixed the elastic in my 10 oldest hook & loop diapers. {Working on them at night after Paxton was tucked in bed!} Here’s the results: The left side is has been repaired, you can see the difference in the length of the elastic! An inside shot. {I’m really amazed that these are 18+ month old diapers, they really look almost new…and no, I don’t use any liners!} Here’s a close up of the inside of the elastic. Again, the left side is the new elastic and the right is the ‘shot’ elastic’. The first diaper I repaired took the longest and from there on it was easy, just took some time! It was completely worth the time invested to get some more life out of these diapers. They fit Paxton so much better! There’s no gaping around the legs and I’m confident they’ll fit Weston too. We’ve had no leaking issues with the PUL after the repairs {I was a bit worried about that but it hasn’t been an issue.} If your diapers are in need of a little repair, check out the tutorial! It’s really easy!

{Note: I am a Sweetbottoms Baby Affiliate}

8 Replies to “Repairing bumGenius Leg Elastic”

  1. Glad to know life can be extended to Bumgenius diapers! I know you're getting close to your due date Rachel! Hope all your preparations are going well and that you are getting lots of great time with your family. Thanks for all your encouragement and inspiration with cloth diapering!

    1. It's actually much easier to replace the elastic on the 4.0s too! I have a few 4.0s and the leg seam is not sewn up all the way, leaving the elastic semi-exposed! These will be much easier to fix when the time comes! I am getting close, I can hardly believe we're about 2 weeks away from the due date already!!

  2. Can I ask what type of detergent you use for your cloth diapers? There is alot of information out there saying that it's best to use a specific type, and some say just the free & clear are fine. Just wondering what you have used that works best so far. Thanks!

    1. I'm currently using Charlie's Soap. I've tried a few other brands but this is working for me the best. I've had no build up issues in 6 months plus! It takes a little work figuring out what will work best for you, largely based on the type of water you have. Some cloth diapering mamas use free and clear and I know some think plain Tide is the best. I'd follow the diaper manufacturer instructions first if your diapers would be under a warranty (many have a 1 year guarantee) and then find the most cost effective detergent that leaves the diapers clean!!

  3. Hey Rachel,

    I am amazed at how new your diapers look. My diapers look stained and I am still breastfeeding. How do you fight the stains? Do you only line dry the diapers??

    1. I am using Charlie's Soap which takes stains out of just about anything! I do line dry but I haven't had a clothesline in over a year so they've not been sunned. Sunning often will take stains out though!

  4. I use Charlie's soap too. It gets most of the stain out but there are still some stains. You should do a blog post on your laundry routine. It would be helpful to know what exactly you do to keep those diapers looking like that!

    1. Thanks for the idea of posting on my diaper routine. I've written it down on my blog idea list (just have to find the time to write it!) ­čÖé Right now my routine is cold rinse {no detergent}, hot wash with 2 scoops Charlie's and then a hot wash {no detergent}. This has been working wonderfully the last few months, I've only had to strip once and I just did that since the baby was coming, just to get the diapers freshened up, not because there were any odor issues. Lately I've been drying the inserts in the dryer and line drying the pockets. Hope this helps!

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