2nd Annual Flats Challenge: The “Jo” Fold Tutorial in Pictures and Video

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I’m excited to introduce you to a fold I just recently learned about thanks to an awesome reader, Trisha W.  She sent the link over and I immediately knew it was going to become my new “go-to” for the 2nd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge!

The original tutorial with photos can be found here on Pepper Place.  She has a perfectly square terry flat so her fold looks very neat compared to my handwashed, skewed, less than square flats.  Not having a square flat did give me a chance to show how you can “square-up” a flat by folding in one side to create the square.  You can also size the flat down to better fit smaller babies since with a 30×30 flat this fold is gigantic.  To size the flat down fold in two sides to the size you need, then complete the fold.

The Jo Fold for flats essentially makes your flat into a prefold, which you would then perform the “Angel Wing” fold- my personal favorite way to use prefolds.

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • Katherine

    I just tried the Jo Fold and I love it!  Just when I was about to start feeling indifferent about my flats I have been re-inspired and I have found my love for them again.  Thank you! :)

    • Anonymous


      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1354160871 Trisha Rebhuhn Wieber

      Yay!  I’m so happy to read of others liking the Jo Fold.  Kim, thank you so much for repinning it and creating such a clear tutorial.

      And yes, Kim, you are so correct.  The triangle folds do not have to be neat or pretty.  In fact, I’ve started overlapping my fold-ins to have a smoother surface an my baby’s bum. =)  I’m off to add a link to my Pinterest page 
      http://pinterest.com/boisewiebers/cloth-diapers/ .

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1354160871 Trisha Rebhuhn Wieber

        Ha.  When I updated my pin to include your new video link and subsequently clicked on it to go to your YouTube video, I got a warning that “Users have reported that this links to spam or other inappropriate content.” Fortunately, it gave me the “show me anyway” option.  I guess that’s what happens when you have the name ‘Dirty’ in your posts.  LOL.

      • Anonymous

        Really?! That’s bizarre. I wonder who/why it was reported! Ev doesn’t show junk when getting changed.
        Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1354160871 Trisha Rebhuhn Wieber

        I know.  That’s why I ignored the warning and clicked through on Pinterest.  I think they need a mark as NOT spam button.

  • http://twitter.com/amyjoyce79 Amy Marsen

    Thank’s for the nice tutorial!  I usually use the origami fold with my flats, but I think I will have to try this one :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1354160871 Trisha Rebhuhn Wieber

      I think you will love it, Amy!  The origami was my favorite fold but the wings were getting too small for my almost 20 month old baby, so I started using the Jo fold.  It was so easy for me to use since my favorite prefold fold was the Angel fold.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497382601 Ashley Barrett

    I did something similar last year during the flats challenge but instead of folding all 4 in to the center I just folded it in half hot-dog way and then half again the other way to make a square then did my angel wing fold :).  I still do that fold on DS a lot but origami is totally my fave.  I just found some new flats that I absolutely love though-Dippee Dypees just had a co-op of bamboo ones that made with a bamboo interlock so they’re stretchy and they’re SQUARE.  Ikea aren’t square which kinda bums me out (plus I wish they were a bit bigger because they’re too small to do origami fold for us so I got Diaper Rite larges).  Anyways wanted to pass that along-they’re AWESOME!

  • Kelly G

    Thanks for linking to me! Honestly, I had to dig through my stash to find a square one to take photos of………mine always looked more like parallelograms.

    Kelly from Pepper Place.

    • Anonymous

      Hah! Well now I feel better! My terry flats seemed to be more square than my cotton ones.

  • Krystal

    This is a great tutorial! I would like to try to turn some of my old T-shirts into flats. This seems like a fold that could mostly be done ahead of time and stacked nicely.

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