Are you wondering how to repair a cloth diaper that has a rip, tear or snag? Not long ago I bought a few diapers bundled together and one of them had a pretty good-sized tear in the front close to the edge of the diaper. I searched for days online trying to find something, anything on how to repair a cloth diaper. The only two things that came up over and over were about snaps and elastic. My search for snags or tears in a cloth diaper were in vain. So, I had to come up with something on my own. During my research about cloth diapers, PUL, wet bags, and everything else baby I had an epiphany. I had some leftover PUL from a wet bag I had made and took a scrap from that got my iron and a towel and voila I had an idea. I basically CAREFULLY ironed the two PUL sides facing each other, causing them to fuse together. It worked. I was super excited that my idea actually worked.
If you decide to do this take your take and do not rush it. I used a moist thin cloth towel to place between the iron and the two sides of the PUL. As an extra precaution, I kept my scrap piece of PUL facing upwards so that it was right next to the towel side. I have only done this with one diaper and began the process with my iron on low and turned up the temperature a little at a time as I went along. The reason I did this was because I did not want a melted mess if my idea went south. If I ever need to do this again, I will start with my iron temperature on medium, but still work up to a higher temperature, slowly.
If you have any questions about how to repair a cloth diaper with a tear or snag please don’t hesitate to post your questions in the comment section. I will be happy to try to help you in any way I can. If you have other suggestions on repairing a cloth diaper’s PUL please feel free to share your knowledge in the comments below.
How to Repair a Cloth Diaper Update:
I have used this cloth diaper for about one and half years now and it’s still holding up great. The corners of the PUL scrap piece have pulled slightly away from the diaper’s PUL but it hasn’t affected the function of the cloth diaper and I haven’t had any leaks.
A couple of questions I get a lot are: Will seam tape or a waterproofing spray work? I have found that seam tape starts peeling away with each wash. So, it works, but it’s more of a short-term fix to repair a cloth diaper. I have never used the waterproofing spray, but I did find a forum discussing the use of different sprays. I thought it might be helpful in answering some of your questions on the subject. You can find the forum discussion here: Diaper Swappers
In the video below I describe in detail how I fused the PUL together.
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