Wednesday: The Kite Fold

Today is the third day of the flats and handwashing challenge at Cloth Diaper Revival. 

Around here we like to be lazy, and so padfolding is a go to. It’s fast, it’s easy, and with a wiggly toddler that often trumps trimness or elegance. When Kai is in a cooperative mood, however, the Kite fold is my favorite fold.

I couldn’t get Kai to cooperate today, so here’s Bobo Bear in a kite folded hemp jersey flat. 

Tuesday: My Flat Stash and DIY Flats

Today is the second day of the flats and handwashing challenge at Cloth Diaper Revival

DIY flat in a kite fold
For this challenge, I’m using all DIY Stretchy Flats. Most of them are a hemp-cotton jersey blend and a few are bamboo stretch french terry. If you haven’t had a chance yet, go check out my DIY Stretchy Flats mini-tutorial on how I made all my flats.


Since the last Flast and Handwashing Challenge, we moved to all natural fibers for new diapering purchases. All the bamboo flats were actually made for last year’s challenge or right after it and have been in rotation since then and are still going strong. The hemp-cotton flats are newer and have been in rotation anywhere from two to eight months.



We also switched to all wool covers. I’ll admit, I use one of the more expensive options out there when it comes to wool covers and then I put wool pants over them. (Kai can unsnappi a flat if it’s just under wool shorts, so flats always get a cover before the shorts go on here.)  Last year we were using Thirsties Duo Wraps  which would’ve brought the total budget down to $158, so you can definitely do this very cheaply.


The Budget:

  • Hemp-cotton jersey @ $14/yard x 3 yards = 6 toddler sized  (29.5″ x 29.5″) flats @ $7/each
  • Bamboo stretch terry @ $16/yard x 1 yard = 2 toddler sized (29.5″ x 29.5″) flats @ $8/each
  • Bamboo stretch terry @ $16/yard x 1 yard = 4 half-flats (29.5″ x 15″) flats @ $4 each
    • $74 total for 12 flats
  • Wool Wraps @ $54/each x 6 = $324
    • Total = $398

 

Additional supplies

  • Wool shorts
    • I prefer wool over wool, and so Kai wears a lot of wool bottoms. You don’t have to wear wool over wool, but in the spirit of this challenge, I’m limiting myself to three pairs of Wild Coconut Wear interlock shorts that I purchased used from the b/s/t. They were $20/each, which brings the budget up to $458.
  • Snappis
    • We usually padfold, but for the challenge we experiment with folds and need a snappi. I don’t think I actually ever paid for a snappi, they all came free with some other purchase or in GCDC giftbags.

 

How this is different from our usual stash:

  • My husband prefers all-in-ones, and so that’s what he uses when he does diaper changes
  • I almost always do a cover and flats. My flats stash also includes stretchy flats from Sweet Iris (bamboo) and Truly Charis (hemp).
  • Our wool bottoms stash is out-of-control large, and includes machine knit and hand knot wool alongside our interlock.

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