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Trimming prefolds

As much as I love my prefolds, I've always been somewhat dissatisfied with my folding options. The dipes are so much longer than I need. Since I like to fold my diapers with a below-the-navel bikini fit, I only need 14-15" of rise, even with Julia, who is almost three. All of my premium prefolds ran 18-21", depending on which batch they came from. That meant I had 3-6" of extra diaper to fold over in the front or back that made them rather bulky. I did like quad-folding and laying in wraps, but that made for a super thick center.

Recently, I've started the kiddos in daycare, and while the providers have been very open to cloth diapering, they never can seem to get all of the diaper tucked into the wrap. There's always a stray corner peeking out. So, in the interest of making things easier for them and re- distributing the bulk of the prefolds, I got out the scissors and sewing machine and trimmed my prefolds.

I cut off one end, leaving about 14" for the main body of the diaper, but reserving the cut off portion to sew in as a doubler. I don't have serger, so I straight stitched the raw-edge about 1/4" in from the edge, then went back and zig-zagged in the 1/4" space. I sewed the cut-off "doublers" in on one side so that the prefolds' absorbancy and quick-drying abilities were preserved.

Now they are the perfect size for tri-folding and laying into a wrap, but I can still fasten them if I want to, by winging out the back and bringing the corners around (like an angel wing fold , but without the extra bulk in front).

Another bonus is that they store much more compactly. I just fold them into thirds and stack them up. At diapering time, I can just lay one into a wrap, fasten it, and off we go. No more folding involved.

These dipes are so trim, trim, trim. Here's some pics on Isaac, aged 21 months. The prefold is trifolded in a medium Bummis wrap:

It was a little scary cutting up my beloved prefolds, but I'm really happy with the results. The kids' clothes fit better too, now that there isn't a big wad of diaper in front or back. If you're interested in trying it, I suggest you start with just one or two diapers and seeing whether it works for you :)

Oh, and if you'd rather not trim your own prefolds, Janette of Grow Me a Rainbow is now offering trimmed prefolds along with a lot of other goodies :)

Main page | Types of cloth diapers and covers | My search for the perfect cover | A note on detergents | My repelling fleece saga | Pics of Isaac in cloth dipes | Pics of Julia in cloth dipes | My experiences with diapering a newborn | Nighttime diapering | Diapering on the go | Prefold folds | My recommendations for getting started | Step-by-step diaper change pictorial | Knitting soakers | Trimming prefolds | Homemade pockets | Other earth-friendly choices

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