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redvlagrl 03-05-2009 05:22 PM

Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial
 
Please excuse the bad exposure on some of the photos!

Time: about 30 mins, faster for subsequent dipes (because of your template)
Tools: Snap pliers or press, snap parts, pencil, ruler, 1 piece paper, stiletto/tailor's awl (pliers come with this pointy tool), unpicking tool of choice, scissors.


If you need some sort of plier mount, which really does make the job easier, mismaggie is selling them! http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...d.php?t=686737


Here's my BG, ready to go!
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/044.jpg


Using an unpicker or your preferred method of unpicking, remove the aplix at the front of the diaper. Personally, I think the best way is to break a stitch every 4-5 stitches and every single stitch where it is double stitched (top left corner). It should then just come off really easily. You'll then want to pick all the bits of loose thread off.
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/046.jpg


Next, cut the end of the tab off. This makes unpicking the tabs much easier - they will come apart. You can do a bit of manhandling here as the stretchy tabs can take more abuse (i.e. ripping the darn thing off with force, rather than carefully unpicking)
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/048.jpg

Here's the tab, all unpicked!
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/052.jpg

Now you're going to make a snap placement template for the front. This will make is much faster to do lots of BGs. You won't have to measure the placement each time! So first, trace the outside edge of the front and cut it out.
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/053.jpg
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/056.jpg

Mark your snap placement. I put them every 2cm so they are quite close together for maximum adjustability. Place two snap caps on your template to check they aren't too close!
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/057.jpg

Use your stiletto (awl) to poke holes through your template at the snap points.
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/060.jpg

Place template over the front of the diap and mark placement of snaps with a pencil.
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/061.jpg

Put your hand inside the dipe and use your stiletto to poke holes through the fron of the dipe but *not* through the inner layer! Be very careful as your stiletto is sharp and you don't want holes in yourself!:goodvibes:
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/062.jpg

Take your snap cap and put it up inside the dipe and push the prong out of on of the holes you made
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/064.jpg

Add the socket
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/065.jpg

Place in snap plier, making sure the cap fall into the die squarely. You'll actually have the inner diaper fabric between the die and the cap. so your layers will go : die, PUL, cap, PUL, socket, upper part of plier. Press it hard!
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/066.jpg

Here is your nice, smooshed snap. Repeat for all of the holes on the front
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/068.jpg

Go through the same steps (template, mark, poke, press) for the tabs, making sure the cap goes *on the outside* and you use the other part of the snap (don't know what this is called) instead of the socket
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/069.jpg
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...eher/070-1.jpg
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...eher/071-1.jpg

Sit back and admire your work! :thumbsup:
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...lleher/072.jpg

BigButtSoWut 03-05-2009 06:33 PM

Re: Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial + improvised snap plier mount!
 
that is awesome, thanks so much for that tut.!!! As soon as I get my snap pliers, i'm going to try putting snaps on my BG's.

BuggaBuggaBoutique 03-05-2009 06:47 PM

Re: Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial + improvised snap plier mount!
 
great job!

harleysheart 03-05-2009 07:00 PM

Re: Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial + improvised snap plier mount!
 
that is wonderful. how many snaps did you put on the front? Did you just center the snaps for the tabs?

MomtoCarli 03-05-2009 07:36 PM

Re: Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial + improvised snap plier mount!
 
I wonder if you put sockets in the outer two tabs.. if you could do a cross over for the teeny babies?

mismaggie 03-05-2009 07:56 PM

Re: Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial + improvised snap plier mount!
 
:):):):):)

Sarahsdawn 03-05-2009 08:13 PM

Re: Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial + improvised snap plier mount!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mismaggie (Post 6530993)
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Why? I think she did a great job! Am I missing something? :dunno:

LilBeanBaby 03-05-2009 09:11 PM

Re: Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial + improvised snap plier mount!
 
Wow! Great job! :) I'm contemplating converting my Bummis Super Brite Whisper Wraps to snaps... I guess the close snap placement makes it quite adjustable still.

jakob.makenzy 03-05-2009 10:48 PM

Re: Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial + improvised snap plier mount!
 
love the sardines

karabeth05 03-05-2009 10:52 PM

Re: Bum Genius snap conversion tutorial + improvised snap plier mount!
 
hey i always wondered what sardines were for! :giggle:

thanks for the tut mama, i'm definitely going to save this sub :goodvibes:


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