3.21.2017

Favorite Folds for Flat Cloth Diapers

Flat Folds Cloth Diaper Revival

Flats! The ultimate old school cloth diaper. Flats are a great option if you're looking for cheap cloth diapers. I know they sound intimidating, but trust me when I say they are much easier than you think and a viable option for diapering your baby! Here's some of my favorite flat folds.

PAD FOLD

The pad fold is a great option if you're in a hurry or want a super simple way to use flats! This is also a great way to make new inserts for your pocket diapers. A pad folded flat is a great alternative to microfiber inserts.

Pad Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Pad Fold steps:

  1. Fold your flat in half.
  2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
  3. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
  4. Fold in the rest of the way.
  5. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front. No pins or fasteners needed!

ORIGAMI FOLD

Origami fold is probably the most popular and used folded way to use a flat. It's super easy once you get the hang of it!

    Origami Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

    Origami Fold steps:

    1. Fold your flat in half. 
    2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
    3. Grab the top layer corner and pull it over to the right until you have created a triangle in the center.
    4. Flip the whole thing over.
    5. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
    6. Fold in the rest of the way.
    7. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front and wrap the wings around the sides. You may need to roll in the wings around the thighs to make them come up higher on the legs. Fasten with a Snappi, Boingo or diaper.

    HAPPY ANTEATER FOLD

    Similar to the Origami fold, the Happy Anteater fold is my favorite. It's just one step more than the Origami, but helps to get the wings in the right place on your baby's thighs.
    Flat Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

    Happy Anteater Fold steps:

    1. Fold your flat in half. 
    2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
    3. Grab the top layer corner and pull it over to the right until you have created a triangle in the center.
    4. Flip the whole thing over.
    5. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
    6. Fold in the rest of the way.
    7. Fold up your wing making the side flush with the center. Repeat on the other side.
    8. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front and wrap the wings around the sides. Fasten with a Snappi, Boingo or diaper pin.

KITE FOLD

The kite fold is a another great option and a super popular fold! The best part is that there's only a few steps!

Kite Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Kite Fold steps:

  1. Make your flat a square by folding down one of the longer sides. 
  2. Grab a corner and pull it to the middle seam, repeating on the opposite side. This should look like a kite!
  3. Fold down the top triangle.
  4. Fold up the bottom triangle.
  5. To fasten onto your baby, jelly roll the sides (roll them in to create a barrier) and pull up the front. Wrap the wings around your baby's waist and fasten. 

MINI KITE FOLD

Very similar to the kite fold above, but a smaller version! This is perfect for newborns and preemies.

Mini Kite Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Mini Kite Fold steps:

  1. Make your flat a square by folding down one of the longer sides. 
  2. Fold in each corner to the middle making a smaller square. 
  3. Grab a corner and pull it to the middle seam, repeating on the opposite side. This should look like a kite!
  4. Fold down the top triangle.
  5. Fold down a couple of inches at the top. This will create a blowout blocker and can help make the fit a bit smaller if needed.
  6. Fold up the bottom triangle to the size you need.
  7. To fasten onto your baby, jelly roll the sides (roll them in to create a barrier) and pull up the front. Wrap the wings around your baby's waist and fasten.

NEWSPAPER FOLD

The newspaper fold is a great for boys because it creates more absorbency in the front!

Newspaper Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Newspaper Fold steps:

  1. Fold up 5 or so inches at the bottom. You can adjust this depending on how big or small you need your finished product to be.
  2. Fold in the two bottom corners, meeting in the middle. 
  3. Fold up the bottom triangle. 
  4. Pull up the left and right side, meeting in the middle and creating triangular peaks at the top.
  5. Tuck the top triangles down into the space between the layers.
  6. To fasten onto your baby, jelly roll the sides and pull up the front portion. Wrap the sides around your baby's waist and fasten.
Do you have a favorite flat fold? Share it in the comments!

Flat Folds Cloth Diaper Revival


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