{DIY} Fixing cloth diaper snaps

I recently had a few diapers replaced under warranty from Fuzzibunz, but they didn’t want the old diapers back. I didn’t want to throw them away (nothing was wrong except for a few broken or missing snaps), so I decided I would fix the broken snaps myself, and add the diapers back to my fluff stash. It cost us a little bit of money ($25), but the diapers were almost $20 new and will almost definitely have resale value, so I figured it was worth it.

You can buy the snaps here and the pliers to install them here.

That’s my husband’s gross fingernail – not mine.

Some of diapers were missing snaps entirely, but most of them had just lost the backs and looked like this. We removed all the broken or missing snaps using whatever worked (scissors – carefully, a small screwdriver, fingers, etc.).

So, to replace the snaps, you place the flat side in the diaper with the pointy part sticking out. That’s a bad explanation, but that’s why I documented it on camera.

Next, you put the “snap” part onto the pointy part. It stays loose and wiggly until you use the pliers on it. Make sure you get the right part of the snap though, since there are two options (male and female).

Line the snap up in the center of the plier tool and squeeze the handle firmly. We just “pressed” the back part of the snap through the fleecy fabric on the diaper and it worked fine.

Open the pliers, examine your handiwork, and repeat as necessary.

Six previously unusable diapers – saved from an early demise.

This is great for diapers that don’t have a warranty, diapers that are used, or even changing diapers from hook and loop (velcro) closures to snap closures. I hope this helps!


  1. Heather P. -  April 8, 2012 - 12:16 am

    Awesome! Thanx for the tip. I will be cloth diapering my second. This will definitely help.

  2. Brittany Roth -  April 8, 2012 - 12:20 am

    Thanks so much, I was about to throw out a diaper that lost its snap. Now I can fix it and future ones.

  3. Heidi Prucker -  April 8, 2012 - 12:22 am

    Well I’m glad to know that I can replace broken pieces rather than spend so much more on diapers. I installed a clothes line today as well, it’s officially a cloth diaper friendly home. Thank you for showing me how simple it was Jessica and Risa. I can’t believe I didn’t start it sooner with Karoline.

  4. Jenna Pannkuk -  April 24, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    Awesome! I was just thinking “how can I fix my fuzzibunz”? I just received my replacements but want to still use my broken ones. Glad I found your DIY!

  5. Elizabeth -  October 27, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    <3 it!! I cd'd my twins (3.22.11) until 2 months ago because I was 8 mos pregnant with a new baby! I think I'm ready to dive back in and fix a few of my bg inserts that have lost one half of the snap!!

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