Examples of good elastic.
Example of shot elastic.
How to remove and replace elastic in your AppleCheeks Envelope Covers
Thanks to the large opening towards the inside middle of the AppleCheeks envelope cover, replacing elastic is easy. Our simplified instructions, full of photos, will guide you through the process. Note that you do need some sewing expertise in order to replace your elastics. Should you prefer to have them replaced for you, we do offer a replacement service for a small fee, plus the cost of shipping to our offices in Montreal.
For this exercise, you will need a sewing machine and four elastics, cut to the following approximate lengths (or you can order replacement elastic here):
Leg elastic 6.5" x 2
Back elastic 4.75"
Tummy Elastic 2.75"
Leg elastic 7" x 2
Back elastic 5"
Tummy Elastic 3"
If you are purchasing your elastic yourself, it should be 0.5" wide and look for the most robust elastic you can find.
Step 1 - Locate the end tack of an elastic. You can start with the legs or the backs, but you will work your way around the diaper to remove all elastics that are no longer good.
Step 2 - Using a seam ripper, carefully remove all the stitching holding either end of the elastics in place.
Step 3 - Turn the envelope cover inside out using the opening.
Step 4 - Expose the elastic fully.
Step 5 - Find the end of the elastic where it has been freed from the tacking.
Step 6 - Gently unpick the stitching along the elastic using your seam ripper.
Step 7 - Be sure to leave some thread to mark the place where the elastics need to start, or pay attention to the perforations left in the PUL.
Step 8 - Line up one edge of the new elastic one both ends with the perforations left by the tacking of the old elastic.
Step 9 - Holding the elastics in place, turn the diaper right side out and pin the elastic in place at both ends.
Step 10 - Line your sewing machine needle just below the pin and using a straight stitch, tack the end of the elastic in place. Repeat for the other end of the elastic. Make sure to reverse the stitch in order to "lock" it in place. This will prevent it from unravelling.
Step 11 - Repeat Step 10 at the other end of the elastic.
Step 12 - Line up the elastic along the length of the diaper, tucking it right into the seam where the PUL and the microfleece lining are sewn together.
Step 13 - Place pins UNDER the elastic along the length to keep from sliding.
Step 14 - Using two hands, stretch the elastic while using a straight stitch to sew down the length. Try to keep the stitching in the middle of the elastic.
Step 15 - Taa daa! Elastic is replaced! Repeat on all four elastics.
A HUGE thanks to Sarah for taking the time to prepare these fantastic photos for us! Did you see the baby feet in some of them?