I discovered Tasha and her company Make It Snappy when I was on the Mothering Facebook page the other day. I was so excited to discover a company that is dedicated to converting velcro-style closing diapers to snaps. They even do engraved snaps. You HAVE to check them out! Here is Tasha’s story:
It was a pretty simple decision to use cloth diapers when our first baby came into our life. There are so many reasons to do it that just outweigh pouring money into the disposable diaper industry. I love the list that the Diaper Pin has on their site > http://www.diaperpin.com/clothdiapers/article_toptenreasons.asp.
However at the end of 2010, nearing the close of my maternity leave and cloth diapering for only about 10 months, I was finding that some of the cloth diapers we had invested in were coming to their end, as well. They were Velcro closures and because we wanted to have more children, I also wanted these to last longer than just one or two babies. I converted some of the ones I had to snaps – making my own patterns depending on the cloth diaper being converted – and found that the snaps gave the diapers an instant new life [see link for some reasons to make the switch > http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=309429&id=261421191348] and I expect they will last through all the children we have! They looked better, stayed closed and didn’t create the diaper chains in the wash that had been happening.
After seeing how my own diapers were transformed and being a natural entrepreneur and artist, I went to work putting together Make it Snappy ! Coming to the end of my maternity leave, I was becoming anxious with the thought of maybe having to go back to work. Crunching numbers and giving myself a couple of months to see how things took off before my maternity leave came to an end, I set to work signing up for vendor shows and promoting where and when I could. Make it Snappy was a legal business, up and running at the start of 2010!
In order to incorporate my heart for justice into this business, as with our other business [check out http://www.justmomentsphotography.com], $1 from every diaper conversion is donated towards helping to see an end in human trafficking – specifically sexual slavery. My slogan is: “we’ll change your diapers and you’ll change someone’s life!” I donate to select organizations, such as http://www.ratanak.org and http://www.ijm.ca in 2010. Each client receives information on the organization where the donation was sent so they know they have been part of changing a life, too, and hopefully, will begin to make a difference in their own way, as well.
My first year saw an increase in clientele but mostly it was promoting, promoting, promoting! A couple diaper shops regularly promote Make it Snappy and I have been promoted through and interviewed with some great media sources, including one on TV > http://www.ctstv.com/agn/?vidID=20327. I’m hoping 2011 sees an even larger increase, as I know there are tons of cloth diapers out there with Velcro closures, even with the big brand cloth diaper companies adding snaps to their newer lines!
Take a look at the photos in the MiS Facebook albums [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Make-it-Snappy/261421191348?v=photos] to see the life that snaps give to Velcro diapers! And here > http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=309364&id=261421191348 < to see some before and after photos of some of my own diapers that I have done, too. It’s really amazing to see the way Velcro has it’s way and it’s very satisfying to hear clients’ responses when they get their ‘new’ diapers back!
After seeing some photos of diapers converted at Make it Snappy one mumma wrote, “Wow… look at the damage around where the Velcro used to be compared to where you took the strip off!”
A mother of twin boys and the owner of some very loved cloth diapers said this after having her diapers converted: “Really loving my converted diapers! I didn’t realize just how damaged they were until they got their beautiful snaps – a new lease on life! I had 21 BG 3.0’s converted in some wonderful colour combinations and I couldn’t be happier. I am cloth diapering twin boys so the diapers were VERY WELL used and I almost threw them in the garbage until Anj at rediaper suggested converting and it was the best decision I ever made. So happy that there are no more diaper chains, and no further damage to the fabric! Thank you so much – wonderful colours and great quality work!”
With the new snaps I have in stock, including shaped and engraved, I know you’ll love the new life Make it Snappy will give your Velcro closure cloth diapers! If you would like more information, check out the website here > http://www.makeitsnappy.ca. There are links to the online shop, as well as to our Facebook page that has lots of photos of converted diapers!
Post written by Tasha Hakeem, owner of Make It Snappy