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My Go-To Fold in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Concerning budget-friendly diapering:

Day 3

I am so proud of my hands! They still work after two nights of wringing necks-I mean diapers!  In fact, they came through with flying colours considering I did 15 flats and 4 covers!

But on to business:

I really like origami.  You know, like “1000 Paper Cranes”? I had planned on saying that I love origami, but I guess that’s not true anymore since I don’t pursue that particular hobby.  I do make the odd folded-paper piece, but just stuff I used to make all the time and remember the steps for.

Until this week anyway!  Yes, you guessed it: my favourite flat fold is …

Drumroll bbbbrrrrrrrrrrr

Origami Fold!!

Just between us though, I haven’t actually tried any other folds . . . Ssshhhhhh!

Here’s how it’s done:

Take your flat (or in my case, blanket):

For those who may be origamically challenged (yes, I just created a new word, and it’s awesome!) this fold may be easier if you start with a square.
Flat diaper origami fold; how to square a rectangle.
Folding diagonally from the corner, bring two adjacent edges together.
Take the fabric that is left out and fold in.
Take the fabric that is left out and fold it in. I folded mine underneath.
Unfold your diagonal and you have a square.
Unfold your first fold (the diagonal one) and now you have a square flat!
Flat diaper origami fold: fold the square flat in half.
Fold the square flat in half. You will want the folded-over part from when you squared the flat on the left side.
Flat diaper origami fold: Take the top layer of the bottom right corner and pull it over to the bottom left corner.
Pick up only the top layer of the bottom right corner and holding the bottom layer’s corner in place, pull the top layer’s corner over to the bottom left corner.
Flat diaper origami fold: it should vaguely resemble a triangle. Just neaten it up.
Now line up all those nice edges on the bottom and it should start to look more like a triangle. Help it along.
Flat diaper origami fold: a nice neat triangle. Without allowing the layers to shift, flip it over.
You should have a neat triangle now. Holding the flat by the bottom left corner (all layers) and halfway across the bottom, flip the flat over. Orient it so the long edge is at the top.
Flat diaper origami fold: your flat should look like this.
This is what your flat should look like at this point.
Flat diaper origami fold: starting at the left edge, start folding in.
Now take the left edge and start folding in. This will be the part that goes between baby’s legs so don’t make the fold too wide.Flat diaper origami fold: fold the left edge in 3-4 times until it ends centered on the triangle underneath.


You want the fold to end centered on the triangle. You shouold have folded it 3 to 4 times.
Flat diaper origami fold: roll the edges of the triangle in.
Roll the edges of the triangle in. You can do this once it’s on the baby but I like to get it started first. The purpose of the roll is partly to contain any poop baby sends its way but also because if you don’t bring those edges in they will stick out of the cover (which means clothing will get wet).Flat diaper origami fold: Put on baby with the long edge of the triangle at their back and the point folded up to the stomach.
Place baby on top of the flat so the long edge is under baby’s back, at proper diaper height. Next fold the bottom (the triangle’s point) up towards baby’s belly. Adjust the leg rolls as needed. If the front comes up too high on baby you can shorten it by simply folding it down, though this will increase the bulk at baby’s front.Flat diaper origami fold: fold the wings in.
Now simply fold the wings in and secure! You can use a Snappi or diaper pin or you can tie the wings or simply lay them overtop each other then put the cover on.

If I’m holding Poni I won’t put a cover on (so I know when she pees) and I just tie the ends. It has worked great so far. Otherwise I put a cover on without using any fastener.

A big thank-you to Whooshy Bear for assisting  me.

Subscribe or check back tomorrow to find out how on God’s green Earth I am managing to do diaper laundry while living in a motel.

Day 1: Why Am I Taking the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Day 2: What Is My Cost and Materials for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Day 4: How I Wash in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 5: Behind the Scenes of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 6: What’s Working and What’s Not in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 7: What Did I Learn and How Did it Go in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge
 

 


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