Sewing FSTs into inserts means no more folding!

If you've had the luck to be introduced to FSTs (Flour sack towels) you know how wonderful they are for us mommas that cloth diaper. They are super absorbent AND super cheap. They sell them at Target and Walmart (kitchen section), and there are even pretty versions in the kids section at Ikea.

However, this magical towels become a monster everytime after laundry is done. Folding each one of them is tedious and time-consuming, and let's be real, who has extra time for towel folding? Still, one of the great things about FSTs is that since they are so thin they dry really fast, unlike any other insert. But let me tell you there is a happy middle to be met and you can get it done pretty fast. It will look like a long insert that will allow you to still customize the fold for a girl or boy, and still be thin enough to dry super fast.

You will need:

- FSTs (new or used, it's all good)

- Ruler & rotary cutter

- White thread

- Sewing machine and if possible a serger (if you don't have a serger don't worry)

- Embroidery needle

- Scissors

 

1. Fold you FST in four. You will be left with some sort of a square. Note here that my FST in not new and so it has developed this annoying edges that when folded make a lot of bulk. You could iron every FST or even undo all those gazillion stitches, but I decided to just cut them off.

 You can see here the top and right edges I'm about to cut off.

You can see here the top and right edges I'm about to cut off.

 After cutting both edges I'm left with a 12 x 13 inch square.

After cutting both edges I'm left with a 12 x 13 inch square.

2. Unfold your FST completely and fold it in 2, Then fold it in three. You will be left with a really long rectangle of 6 layers. I folded my 12 inch side in 3, leaving me with a long rectangle 4 inches wide. Don't worry if your FST measures something else, just fold it in 3.

 After folding in two, fold in thirds..

After folding in two, fold in thirds..

 Here's your very long rectangle.

Here's your very long rectangle.

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3. With your sewing machine sew along the long sides of your insert. I did it about half an inch away from the edge, that way I could make sure I grabbed all 3 layers.

4. Now with your serger do the 2 short ends. Don't have a serger? Don't worry! Just use a zig-zag stitch in your sewing machine and you can go over it a few times to make sure you catch all the end, or modify your settings for the zig-zag to be very narrow.

5. When serging and sewing you are left with chain tails at each end. Take an embroidery needle and go through the stitches as shown. Thread your needle and pull through. Cut the excess.

 You can leave your tail longer and make your life easier. I left this tail very short, it still worked, but it was a bit more difficult to thread my needle with such a short tail.

You can leave your tail longer and make your life easier. I left this tail very short, it still worked, but it was a bit more difficult to thread my needle with such a short tail.

 Once you pull through, the tail will be caught and safe in the serged stitches. Cut the extra tail.

Once you pull through, the tail will be caught and safe in the serged stitches. Cut the extra tail.

6. Enjoy! Your FST insert is ready!

 The way I folded the FST insert in the picture is the equivalent of the girl fold. I use this as a booster along with my prefolds and covers during the day.

The way I folded the FST insert in the picture is the equivalent of the girl fold. I use this as a booster along with my prefolds and covers during the day.

 I just fold it in half and use it on top of a prefold folded in 3 and stuff it in my pocket diapers for night time.

I just fold it in half and use it on top of a prefold folded in 3 and stuff it in my pocket diapers for night time.

As long as you work your FSTs in an assembly line you'll go through your stash in no time. I have seen people sew a zig-zag line through the whole insert. I personally prefer the two line on the sides. I feel like the drying time and absorption are more effective this way. I also like the long format because you can customize your folds. After a few washes your insert will start developing that cute quilted look that prefolds have.

What will you be doing with your newly found free time after there is no folding left to do?

Let me know if you have any questions! And be sure to let us know how it worked out by joining La Fabrica Shop Facebook group.