How we do flat terry nappies

In my online quest to find the cheapest way to deal with the nappy situation, it became apparent that the answer was to go old-school. I’ve followed in my mother’s footsteps. Flat terry nappies it is.

Encouragingly, my mother bought metres of terry towelling, cut it into 50x50cm squares and seamed the edges. She’s a legend like that.

Armed with 24 of them, these are our main nappies. They also operate as burp cloths, washable wipes for particularly messy poo situations and bibs. I even lay one on the changing mat to keep Talitha’s bum comfy if it’s cold.

The folding really isn’t a problem. I usually fold them all in one go when I’m taking them off the dryer and put them in the drawer folded, ready to go.

Even if I’ve got to do it on the spot, I’ve become such an old hand, it takes but a couple of seconds. Laurence uses them too. So they can’t be so bad.

After we’ve folded our kite, we lay the baby on it.

We fold the sides in to fit the contours of her body exactly. These nappies have fit her since she was a newborn. They will likely take her to potty training.

With a snappy, there’s no need for pins.

Then finish off with a nappy cover (we got ours free off Freecycle) and there you go – big, beautiful cloth bum. Good for at least a couple of hours.


  1. tracy
    February 6, 2012 / 10:33 pm

    the nappy nippers are a genius invention! this post gets big eco warrior points, well done guys xxxxx

  2. AlatheiaLayla
    July 6, 2012 / 8:37 pm

    excellent post. recieved some terries today and going to try this out. if sucessful will be buying some big terry fabric to make my own xox

    • Adele Jarrett-Kerr
      July 6, 2012 / 8:46 pm

      Great! Enjoy! I’ll do a full guide to terry squares at some point but there’s lots online if you take a hunt around.

  3. Hilary
    December 12, 2012 / 12:44 am

    That would be great if you could do a full guide to terries. I’ve just started using them but can’t get on with nippas so any chance you could show how to use pins 🙂

  4. Michelle
    October 4, 2014 / 6:35 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I’m due in November and I’ll be new to cloth so this has really helped me to see what exactly I need for my nappy stash!

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