Monday, August 26, 2013

How To Add Snaps To A Romper

If you have a daughter, you probably also have several of these around:

Rompers are super adorable and very in style right now, but if you own a romper, you can attest to the fact that it's not exactly ideal to strip down to your birthday suit just to go to the bathroom. It's especially bad for little girls, like my daughter and niece, who aren't able to dress themselves quite yet. I mean, you'd think that there would be snaps on those things to help out the kids at least, right?
Not always the case.
My SIL asked me to add some snaps to a romper for my niece recently, and I thought that there may be a few of you out there that would find this little fix pretty helpful as well :)
SUPPLIES: romper, scraps of fabric for snaps (I cut some pieces from an old knit t-shirt), snap kit and snap setter (or sew-in snaps if you don't own a snap setter), sewing machine or needle and thread, seam ripper, tape measure, iron and ironing board.

ONE: first, use your seam ripper to carefully rip the stitches in the crotch area where the snaps will be sewn.
TWO: next, use your tape measure to determine how wide to cut your fabric for the snaps and add 1/2 inch. My pieces ended up being 3 inches x 3 inches.
THREE: cut out two pieces of fabric in the dimensions noted above.

FOUR: use your iron to iron all the sides 1/4 inch, then iron each piece in half (see picture above.)
FIVE: encase the raw edge of the crotch area in your fabric piece and pin all around. Sew to secure. Repeat for the other side.
SIX: finally, follow the instructions on your snap setter to attach your snaps.

Yay for snaps and for no more awkward bathroom moments!

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  1. Nice! I guess I really need to get a snap setter; every time I try snaps, they fail...

  2. do you have to have one of those tools?

  3. What a wonderful idea! Those little rompers can be tough to deal with - especially for little babies during diaper changes. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday! We'll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow :)

  4. Thank you for sharing this! What a wonderful idea!
    Madalyn @

  5. This is like the best thing ever! Really who doesn't want to add snaps to like everything for their baby. It is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Do you have any tips for setting grippers (snaps)? I've never had much luck. The last tool I tried had no way to line the teeth up with the groove. Your instruction to "attach your snaps" makes it sound so easy which, in my experience it's not.

    What brand tool and grippers do you use?

    And, yes, a maidenhair fern, you do need the tool to set the grippers -- and the tool and grippers must be compatible in size and brand.

  7. I love this-- especially since my little is not out of diapers yet. I featured this on Sewistry-- you can find the link here: ! Thanks!

  8. Thank you for the wonderful, simple tutorial. I just did this with a Gryffindor bodysuit, and it was an easy project. I'm 5'9", so bodysuits tend to be too short for me. So I made the tabs act as sort of "extensions" for the bodysuit. Now, I have snaps, and the bodysuit is long enough for me!


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