1. 1 year ago 

    Converting Bumgenius freetime diapers from Velcro to snaps

    We love our bumGenius Freetime All-In-One One-Size Cloth Diaper.  The only complaint I have is with the hook and loop closure.  We started using our diapers when G was a couple of months old and I found that they did hold their “sticky” if ya know what I mean.  G had started taking off the diapers and it just was not worth the trouble.  We stopped using the handful of hook and loop by the time he was one year old.  On my summer to do list I wanted to refresh those diapers so we could get them back into our stash again.  I bought refresher kits from Cotton Babies for $1 apiece and they sat around for a while.  I finally got motivated to seam rip the old Velcro tabs off and put on the new ones.  It was not difficult, but I just knew I would have to do it again in a year.  The refresher kit includes the new Velcro tabs and elastic for the back and legs, but not for the front strip.  I did go ahead and refresh one diaper, but decided not to do it for the rest.  A cloth diaper friend recently converted all her diapers from hook and loop herself and I decided I could too. The materials cost me about $25 at JoAnns, here is the breakdown:  Babyville Snap Pliers:  $20 (on sale for $14)  and Babyville Snaps:  $7.99 (on sale for $5.60 x 2PKGs= $11.20).  I also needed a seam ripper and a sewing machine which I already had.  I found quite a few tutorials online explaining how to convert bumgenius diapers, but none specificially for the Freetime.  The Freetime is a little bit more work because there is no access to the seams, or pocket if you will.  Here is what I found to work for me.

    1. Remove all Velcro from the diaper carefully with your seam ripper.

    2. Seam rip a small section at the top of the diaper near the Velcro strip to gain access to the inside. 

    3. Create a template for where you would like your snaps to be.  I used a diaper I had with snaps and made a DIY template.  It took a little tweaking to get it where I wanted, but once I determined where I wanted the snaps it was easy peasy lemon squeezy.  I made mine out of thick cardstock and poked a pen through the paper where I wanted my snaps, which made marking the holes easier.

    4. Mark all holes for snaps.  I used a sharpie, but I did have difficulty on the bumgenius Albert (black) diaper. 

    5. Use the skewer to poke holes where you want each snap.

    6. Apply snaps using the plier tool.

    7. While you have the diaper “open” you could also repair any elastic that is stretched out.  I did replace the elastic on the two Albert diapers I have, but the rest were just fine.  If you have sewing experience this part is not difficult but a little time consuming.  When changing out the old elastic I sewed the new elastic to the old and pulled it through the casing to make it easier on myself. 

    8. Stitch the diaper back up.  Be sure to backstitch.

    9. Toss the diapers in the dryer for a short amount to time to seal the holes left by the old stitching.

    10. Enjoy the diapers you have been missing from your stash!

    All in all I thought the project was relatively easy.  It was more time consuming that anything.  The first one took me a long time, but it got easier the more I did.  I did a couple a night for a few nights and I am happy to report they are all done.  I am thankful I only had 7 to convert.  I could justify the cost to convert the ones I had considering a new diaper would cost me about $24 and I am planning to use these diapers until G is potty trained and hopefully we have another tiny human who will enjoy them just as much as we do :-)  Now that I have the pliers I plan to make a few more wetbags and add snaps to the handles and I plan on buying some “loved” diapers at the Cotton Babies garage sale to spruce up so we have a few extra diapers to add to our stash. 

    Happy Cloth Diapering!

    imageA few of the finished diapers. 

     

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  3. 1 year ago 
    We gave this wagon a little TLC and now it is ready for our little guy to enjoy!  This wagon was mine which makes it… 20+ years old.  Looks pretty good, huh?  It needed a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint in the bed.  Too bad it is raining or we would take it out and play. 

    We gave this wagon a little TLC and now it is ready for our little guy to enjoy!  This wagon was mine which makes it… 20+ years old.  Looks pretty good, huh?  It needed a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint in the bed.  Too bad it is raining or we would take it out and play. 

     
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  5. 1 year ago 
    Charity Fashion Show Wednesday 7PM @ LHS.

    Charity Fashion Show Wednesday 7PM @ LHS.

     
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    Little guys first snow!

    Little guys first snow!

     
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  11. 1 year ago 
    The other day the little guy was playing with the bag of wipes and he could not get enough of the sound the bag made.  I decided to search the web and found a tutorial for a taggie blanket with the plastic bag sewn inside.  I cannot wait for him to wake up so he can try it out!  I love being home to do fun stuff like this! 
The original tutorial

    The other day the little guy was playing with the bag of wipes and he could not get enough of the sound the bag made.  I decided to search the web and found a tutorial for a taggie blanket with the plastic bag sewn inside.  I cannot wait for him to wake up so he can try it out!  I love being home to do fun stuff like this! 

    The original tutorial

     
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  13. 1 year ago 

    It was a great day off!  Much needed fresh air and the little guy by my side.  Thanks to Lauren and Sammie for the day at the Zoo.  Ahhhh- glad that we have a few more of these in the near future! 

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  15. 1 year ago 

    It is scary how much we look alike.  I love both of these pictures with Grandma Ann!

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  17. 2 years ago 

    This past weekend we went to Rombach’s Farm for a little Family Fun.  Griffin had a blast picking out his first pumpkin and he is pretty excited to carve it!  Looking forward to making this a fall tradition.  Great start to a new season!

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  19. 2 years ago 

    Road Trip!

    Friday was the start of our family road trip to KC.  We all piled into the minivan (my parents, not ours:  Sky says we cannot get one) and headed out for my cousin Alyssa’s Wedding.  The boys headed off to the rehersal while the rest of us refuled and joined back up at a Birthday clelebration for Mamma.  Saturday was her birthday and there is no better way to celebrate than to get everyone together for a Mexican meal, which is her favorite!  No birthday celebration is complete without cake, and this one had delicious cake.  So delicious she could not stop talking about it!  Saturday was the big day for Lance & Alyssa.  Perfect weather and beautiful wedding!  Sky was busy shooting the wedding and reception, but made some time to join the family for photo booth fun!  This was Griffin’s first wedding and he was such a great little guy!  Three really long days right in a row!  We are glad to be back home, but enjoyed our mini vaca.  Lots of love to the Thomas family!  Now if only I could get my hubby back… He is busy with another wedding tonight! 

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