This is a good fit on a cloth diaper, around the legs. I made a grievous error while sewing some...
|This is a good fit on a cloth diaper, around the legs.|
|"Before picture" of these loose elastics.|
The diapers are hardly "scrunched up"
like they get when you have the leg
My back elastics are always okay. There's less of a fine line with them... With leg elastics, I struggle to find the perfect between no leaks but no leg marks. I did finally get the "right" amount (I think) with some of my newer diapers.
Here's what I did to tighten loose elastics on my pocket diapers without replacing the elastic:
1. Put a safety pin through the end of the elastic and close it.
2. Seam rip where you sewed the elastic in place on that side only. You don't have to touch the other end of the elastic.
4. Sew in place- don't catch the safety pin accidentally.
5. Remove safety pin, you can cut away the excess elastic if there's a lot of it. In the picture above, I had about 2" extra elastic and I just trimmed a bit off the end. That way if I decide it needs to be loosened at all I have a little room to do so.
Keep in mind that this isn't something you're likely going to need to do with a store bought diaper... it's mostly useful if you make diapers yourself and are new to it, trying to figure out the right lengths of the elastic.