Whether you want to make diapers in bulk, a few for fun or make baby accessories like pacifier clips, poly resin snaps are a must have. I have used snap pliers before, about a year ago, and found that although they did the job the snap press was easier to use and created a more stable snap. I really wanted to give the KAM snap pliers a shot, however, and found that they did a better job than the pliers I had tried before. These also come with an awl which I hadn’t tried before and it makes it SO much easier. There is a little learning curve with snap pliers, however, but I’d say if you practice about a dozen studs and a dozen sockets on some scrap fabric you will get the hang of it in no time.
I would highly recommend a press if you plan on making a high volume of cloth diapers and other projects requiring snaps, but they are not cost effective if you are on a budget or just making a handful of diapers or projects for your little one. So snap pliers are a great, affordable option. KAM snaps carries both individual and packages for the press and pliers.
For my KAM snaps plier test I converted a small newborn diaper I had made for fun (after my daughter was no longer a newborn) and converted the velcro to snaps.
1. I removed the velcro.
3. Poke the caps through the holes (make sure they’re on the right side of the fabric!) and place the stud or the socket on the other side of the fabric with the pointed part of the cap going through the stud or socket’s hole.
4. Place the pliers around the fabric and snap pieces (see picture), center the cap on the bottom of the pliers and press VERY firmly once the top of the pliers are also centered. You can lightly clamp the pliers to hold it all in place and make sure it’s centered before clamping down tight.
Tip: I find that removing the upper rubber portion (it is already removed in the picture below) helps me get a firmer press on the snaps (particularly the studs) after I make my initial press with the rubber section on. A fine-tuning technique of sorts.
5. I chose to use a socket on the front right side and a stud on the front left of the diaper so I used an even number of snaps. This is not common practice with most cloth diapers on the market, but you will find this with many homemade creations because it makes sense to use an even number especially when you buy snaps in complete sets (even number of sockets and studs).
6. I finished the snaps by putting studs on the right side of the diaper (because I put a socket on the front right) and sockets on the left side of the diaper (to match with the stud on the front left of the diaper.
7. Voila! My velcro to snaps conversion is finished! I only had to re-do two of the ten snaps on this diaper, because I didn’t press it just right, but (confession) I didn’t do my practice round before hand to brush up on my plier skills. I figured I would be fine since I had used pliers before, but it had been almost a year since I had used any.
Note: Snaps are the most secure between at least 2 layers of PUL or thinner fabric. Cloth diapers, for example will work best if you use scraps of the fabric after cutting out your pattern as an extra layer in the inner/back side of the fabric. For more details and instructions visit KAM snaps.