Using Flour Sack Towels as Flat Diapers

Flat diapers are some of my most favorite diapers to use. In fact, 75 percent of my diaper stash is made up of flats.

I have two kids, a 7 ½-month-old and a 2-year old, and 90 percent of the time, I use my flat diapers and they do a great job all the time.

The only flats I have in my diaper stash and the only ones I have ever used as Flour Sack Towels (FSTs).

So basically, these are the only diapers I am going to talk about since I have never used name-brand flats.

About 2 years ago, I really wanted to take part in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. I needed to purchase some flats but I was on a very strict budget.

I luckily heard about flour sack towels and decided to start searching for them.

I finally found them and was able to participate in the challenge with 10 FSTs and 5 receiving blankets.

At the end of the challenge, I was extremely impressed by the flats and decided to add 10 more to my stash.

I’ve never looked back and now, FSTs are my favorite cloth diapers, and for many reasons.

Benefits of Using Flour Sack Towels as Flat Diapers:

  • FSTs are budget-friendly- You’ll find them being sold at an average of $1 each
  • They are easily accessible- Almost every chain store and online retailer stocks flour sack towels. You’ll most likely find them in the kitchen aisle.
  • They are readily available at Walmart, Meijer, Target, and Amazon
  • They work perfectly- FSTs have excellent absorbency unless they are really old and worn out.
  • They don’t shrink as much, are super soft, are easy to wash, and fold very neatly
  • They are easy to prepare- All you have to do is boil them for around 20 minutes with some dish soap, throw them in the washing machine, and then dryer and they’ll be ready to use in no time.
  • They clean easily and dry pretty quickly.

On the flipside, FSTs produce some while washing them. Worse, they also leave lint on your baby’s bottom.

The constant lint shedding makes the FSTs thinner and therefore more susceptible to wear and tear.

Before folding them, be sure to shake them off to remove loose lint so that it doesn’t end up on your child’s bum.

If they become too thin from shedding, you can combine two FSTs to make a thick, absorbent flat diaper for your kid.

This means if you have about 50 thin FSTs, you’ll have 25 diapers.


Overall, FSTs are an excellent choice if you’re looking for affordable cloth diapers.

They are perfect for increasing your cloth diaper stash without having to spend a lot of money.

They are also perfect emergency diapers during trips or for when you want to try out flats before deciding to invest in actual flats.

If you’re considering flats as your long-term cloth diapering solution, be sure to save a good amount of money and purchase real flat diapers instead.

They will last much longer while saving you a great deal of money in the long run.