Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How to fold a flat using the Jo fold

The Jo fold is what I consider to be the best flat nappy fold-it’s easy, trim and unisex. It’s easy to part-fold and stack on a shelf, and generally when most people discover it it quickly becomes all they use.

However it’s not very well known! So if you’ve never heard of it, give it a try using the instructions below. Left and right refer to your left and right, not the childs.

-Obviously, you need a flat. Cotton terry/flannelette, bamboo, hemp-it doesn’t matter. Lay it out square.DSCF0936

-Take a corner and fold it to the centre of the squareDSCF0937

-Do the same thing with all the corners. This is when you determine the size-if you have a smaller child, overlap the corners slightly. If you have a larger child don’t fold them all the way to the centre. As you can see my nappy is not quite square anymore so it doesn’t fold perfectly. It’s not origami so it doesn’t matter.DSCF0938

-Fold the left third over.DSCF0939

-Fold the right third over. If you’re not using the nappy right now and want to store it, fold in half lengthways and stack on a shelf or nappy stacker.DSCF0940

-Open out the top of the nappy, as below, by folding out first the top of the right third then the left from underneath.DSCF0941

-Now you need to insert your child-I found mine outside digging happily in the dirt, hence the grotty legs. Their bum goes on the fanned-out part so the top of the nappy sits at their waist, the narrow part is brought up between their legs, and the fanned-out corners are brought around to fasten at the front. DSCF1112

-You can fasten using pins or a Snappi-I much prefer a Snappi. Dig the teeth into the left side of the nappy, making sure it’s gripping tightly, then stretch it across to the right side and fasten. DSCF1114

-Stretch the bottom part of the Snappi down and dig it firmly into the middle of the nappy. I hold the nappy in place with my left hand as pictured and attach the Snappi with my right, it takes a bit of practice but once you get the hang of it it will only take a few seconds.DSCF1115

-Done! You can leave it like that if you change after every pee, or you can use a cover. Pepper OSFM covers are great over flats ;PDSCF1116

Hope that’s clear-if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below!

7 comments:

Boise Wiebers said...

Thank you for this picture tutorial. I was looking for a good "Jo fold" to pin to my CD Board on Pinterest(http://pinterest.com/boisewiebers/cloth-diapers/).

Boise Wiebers said...

Hi! I just saw you have seen Kim at Dirty Diaper's link to you. It's so neat how technology brings people together. I was the one who shared your tutorial with Kim. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

- Trisha W.

Kelly said...

Thanks so much Trisha! Your Pinterest album is a fantastic wealth of information-well done with the advocacy!

Elizabeth Kearnan said...

Thanks! My daughter is almost grown out of the mini kite fold and I was told this fold is a good next step!!

Elizabeth Kearnan said...

Thanks! My daughter has almost grown out of the mini kite fold and I was told this fold is a good next step! Just folded and placed in my diaper drawer looking forward to trying it out!

Elizabeth Kearnan said...

Thanks! My daughter is almost grown out of the mini kite fold and I was told this fold is a good next step!!

Elizabeth Kearnan said...

Thanks! My daughter is almost grown out of the mini kite fold and I was told this fold is a good next step!!

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