Several ideas for how to fix prefold diapers. These old prefolds can be used again as baby diapers, used for burp cloths. cloth diaper inserts, cleaning rags or unpaper towels, and more! They are so absorbent when they’re well used and they’re easy to fix!
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I love prefold diapers. They’re somewhat difficult to use with an older baby who wiggles on the changing table, but they’re fabulous at soaking up lots of wet… whether that wet is from your baby or from cleaning. And the best thing about prefolds is that they get better with age.
So when you see some old prefolds that have seen better days, it’s hard to toss them. They are, after all, at their ultimate in absorbency. And they’re good for everything! And while they’re affordable to buy new, it takes forever to get them to max absorbency and I loathe prepping them.
I decided to save some of these for burp clothes, others will be unpaper towels, some can be inserts, and some will be newborn prefolds for the baby. I already made a couple of diaper covers for his early stages so I need some prefolds for diapering. I just wanted these to not have any strings to get caught on his areas.
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- Serger: I love my Brother 1034D
- Sewing Machine
- Scrap fabric, bias tape
Prepping the Prefolds for Repair
Repairing Prefolds with Frayed Edges
Option 1: Serging the Edges to Fix Frayed Edges on Prefolds
Now… the problem is that those edges are really hard to serge over. You will want to skip serging those sides unless they need it. I went over those edges when I covered the prefold completely and I was concerned I would break my machine’s needles or blade. You could cut off the very edges though and then serge.
What I did was just serge the long edges. You could use a different type of stitch with this (such as a rolled hem), but I just used my normal serging stitch. I don’t know enough about my serger to mess with it much. I think this will work just fine for now.
Option 2: Using a Sewing Machine to Add Bias Tape or Trim to Cover Frayed Prefold Edges
I didn’t end up doing this because the serger method was easier for me and I was concerned about bias tape being too rough. If I had the time and patience, I’d use some bias tape maker to make my own from soft fabric.
Fixing Prefolds that are Frayed All Over
As you can see below, the top and bottom of the prefold was frayed a lot. I wouldn’t want that up against a baby, for fear their itty bitty parts might get caught up in loose strings.
Repairing them for use with a baby will require using some fabric. You could use a stay dry fabric to cover it for use as an insert (or just to keep baby from feeling wet. Just make sure to use one that’s safe for your baby’s bum if it will be in direct contact with tush.
To begin, I cut my flannel fabric slightly larger than the prefold diaper. I cut two cuts, one for the top and one for the bottom.
I pinned a piece of fabric to each side of the prefold. Then I stitched a couple of straight lines up the center of the prefold to hold the exterior fabrics in place.
See the stitching?
Now I was able to finish the edges with my serger.
If you don’t have a serger, you would want to place your top flannel piece on top of the prefold, stitch your two straight lines. Then you’d want to place your bottom flannel piece right sides down on your top flannel piece. You could then stitch around the edges of the whole thing, leaving an area to turn and topstitch your whole prefold with a flannel exterior.
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