How to Fix Broken Elastic on Cloth Diapers

How to Fix Broken Elastic on Cloth Diapers

Reusable cloth diapers are a terrific investment because they have a long life span. You can wash and reuse from birth to potty training, then use them with a second baby or sell them. Even well-cared for diapers need occasional maintenance, though. One of the most common issues we see in well-loved diapers are relaxed or broken elastics. Today, we’re going to share an easy tutorial on How to Fix Broken Elastics on Cloth Diapers.

Thankfully, you only need rudimentary sewing skills to fix elastic on cloth diapers and a few affordable supplies. Feel free to watch and pause our tutorial to see first-hand how easy it is to replace broken elastic. Here are the instructions for your reference as well.


1 package 3/8 inch Braided Elastic

1 Needle with Thread

1 Safety Pin

Pair of Scissors


  1. Feel around on your diaper for the side that is broken (if it is stretched only, begin on either side).
  2. Create a small hole a little bit in from the seam (you will need this to pull your new elastic through).
  3. Go to the opposite side, where the elastic is still attached.
  4. Create a second small hole a little bit in from the seam.
  5. Pull the stretched or broken elastic out from the hole.
  6. Open the new elastic and cute a length that is slightly shorter than the stretched elastic. This will be approximately 2 to 2 1/2 inches.
  7. Put need and thread through the new elastic and sew the end of elastic close to the inside of the diaper.
  8. Be sure you go into each line of the elastic braid, to ensure that the elastic is secured to the diaper.
  9. Attach your safety pin to the detached end of your elastic.
  10. Pull the safety pin through the hole, gathering as you go.
  11. Pull the safety pin through the second hole.
  12. Close up the first hole you created by feeding the thread through the inside of the fabric.
  13. Cut the thread and close up the second hole near the safety pin.
  14. Remove the safety pin and tuck in elastics.

Congratulations! Your cloth diapers now have new elastics!