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Flat Folds

Flats are versatile and can be used in a number of ways. Here you can find some tutorials on how to fold your flats. Read more about flats here.

The fabrics: There are several different types of fabrics you can use, flannel, cotton knit, hemp jersey, bamboo etc. learn more here


This works great for out & about or for quick changes at home, as it can be pre-folded and folded up neatly to place in the nappy bag, ready to grab and put on.

This is one of the folds that has the most absorbency in the wetzone - 12 layers in total! The rise is very adjustable, however there may not be enough room in the waist for bigger babies/toddlers (depending on build).

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This one offers an adjustable rise which makes it great for when your baby has outgrown the rise of origami fold. It's also a good one for boys as you can fold it to create more layers in front (in the wetzone) for added absorbency


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This one is best for lighter wetters as there are only 4 layers in the wet zone. The fabric layers are more evenly spread out which makes for a very trim, neat fit. This is my go-to choice when I want a trim look with a flat.

I also love that the front can be fastened on top of the wings with pins or boingos to give a sleek look across the front, similar to a side-snapping nappy.


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This is the simplest fold - just fold your flat in an insert sized rectangle and lay in a cover. Done! Keep folding in on itself until the desired size is acquired

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Origami provides 8 layers of absorbency in the wetzone total.

Happy anteater is a variation on Origami fold. Happy Anteater gives a trimmer fit around the legs.

This is one of the folds that might be helpful to see on video first (see our video guide on the bottom of this page)


How to get a snug, trim fit around the legs using any fold with a flat. Always make sure to tug in the flat around the legs, back and front after snappied to ensure all parts of the flat will be covered inside the cover

A video guide on how to put on a flat:

You can also have a look at the Hippie Safari blogspot on flats here.

What fabric should you use when making flats?

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