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I am going to be going to an reenactment and I will be using flats with wool pantaloons (i ordered the wool today so i can have them made for us <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) .... anyway I heard people talk about using the flour sack towels from walmart ... If you have used these how well do they work ? I would love to get out as cheap as possible because this is not going to be a fulltime diapering gig because what i have works fine but i will be hadwashing dipes so it will be necessary to do flats while there ... anyway where do you get your flats, how do you fold them and do you like them? Do you have any tricks for using them at night ? Please tell me anything you can think of about these lil buggers ...<br><br>
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I have seen those, and they look really thin IMO. I am using Indian flats-same size but much thicker, and they are still cheap-like 11 for a dozen or 1.25 each-diaperware.com has them. I love folding them like a prefold. If your babe has a lower rise, you can fold them in half first, and then fold them like a prefold---fold over lapping then back to create the center panel. Fold down the top in the back to get a good snug fit. The front can be folded down once or twice depending, on how your rise goes, or where you want the extra layers. And, If your baby is taller(this is what I do), don't fold in half-just fold to overlap then back to create the center panel. FOld as usual.<br>
Diapershop.com and thediaperhyena.com show how to fold a flat like a prefold. Diaperware.com has a great link on how to fold a diaper in the origami style-I like these directions better than those at <a href="http://fernandfaerie.com/sewing_flats.html" target="_blank">http://fernandfaerie.com/sewing_flats.html</a>, but look there to cause it is a diff way to fold. Punkinbutt.com shows a neat kite fold. Good luck!
 

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I really like the floursack towels, they are cheap and work well for us. For folding, here's a pictoral of how I fold: <a href="http://www.littleturtleknits.com/moreorigami.htm" target="_blank">More Origami</a>
 

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We use doubled floursacks, folded oragami-style like my link in Heidi's post shows. I use a second flat, folded into a narrow rectangular doubler, to fold into the center pad for added absorbency. The afore-mentioned link also has a free wool soaker knitting pattern, too, if you're interested.
 
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