Two Ways to Use a T Shirt As A Diaper

Different folds for different uses

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If it absorbs, it is a diaper

Seriously. Stop overthinking cloth diapering and focus on the basic problem at hand – you need something that can absorb pee and catch poop. 

The spilt glass trick: if it can clean up a glass of spilled water, than it can be used as a cloth diaper. 

It will most likely be a material of natural fibre origin. Synthetic blends will absorb, but not great. They can be used until an alternative is sourced.

Don’t over think it – you can use anything absorbent you find. These simple home items are usually easy to wash, and simple to care for. They can be used in an emergency situation or used on the day-to-day or used while waiting for new diapers. 


T-shirts large and small can be used as a cloth diaper.

Absorbency will depend on the size. 

Fold the arms in, or use the arms to tie the diaper around baby. Learn more about how to fold a t-shirt diaper here. 


Kitchen towels can be folded up into a pad – learn how to padfold – and used in a cloth diaper cover or pocket for an absorbent diaper.

Larger verions can be pinned on baby.

Use smaller items like socks as boosters to add absorbency to other types of diapers such as t-shirts or kitchen towels. 


Terry bath towels can be used as a cloth diaper. Cut them into squares 20-27″ square and use a fold like the Happy Anteater fold.

Cut them into smaller squares and use a sock or booster in the mid section and fold onto baby like a prefold diaper. 


Natural fibre sheets can be cut to shape – 20-30″ squares. Fold like a flat cloth diaper.

Sheets can be easy to handwash and quick to dry. 


Other Ideas 

– Flannel Cotton Receiving Blankets
– Old Baby Clothes
– Flannel blankets or jimmies
– Cotton Pants 
– Pillow Cases

Avoid microfibre towels as they can over dry the skin and cause a rash or irritation. 



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