Cloth Diaper Budget Plans: Flour Sack Towels and Covers

FSTCoversIf you browse through our cloth diaper section you’ll find plenty of resources for cloth diapering on a budget.

Here are a few plans based on the premise that you need 18 diaper changes to cloth diaper one child and wash diapers every other day.  That number is pretty generous for most babies and toddlers, but may only get you through 1.5 days with a newborn as they tend to go through more changes.

These plans  all use flour sack towels (FSTs).  The plans below do not include diaper pins or other fasteners as they operate on the assumption that the flour sack towels will be padfolded and laid in the diaper (see how to do various folds here).  If you do want to use fasteners, they will add $1.50 (pins), $3.97+ (snappi), or $5.99+ (boingo) to your budget.


FSTs and Covers

  • Four 5-pack flour sack towels from Walmart, Target, or most other big box retailers.  Cost approximately $4.98 per pack – $19.92 plus tax.
  • Four wipeable covers that can be reused if not soiled.
    Options include:
    Kawaii One Size Cover Cost approximately $7.99 per cover – $31.96 plus tax.
      –Sweet Pea One Size Cover  Cost approximately $10.95 per cover – $43.80 plus tax.
      –Imagine Baby One Size Cover Cost approximately $10.95 per cover – $43.80 plus tax
      –Econobum One Size Cover Cost approximately $11.95 per cover – $47.80 plus tax
    Flip One Size Cover Cost approximately $14.95 per cover – $59.80 plus tax.

    16 Day Changes and 2 Night Diapers:  In this scenario, you would use two flour sack towels at night giving you 16 daytime changes (or 8 per day) and two night diapers.
    Total Cost:  $51.88 to $79.72

FSTs, Doublers, and Covers
If your child is a heavy wetter like mine, you’ll need to add something to the single flour sack towel to boost absorbency.  Here are some affordable options for using FSTs and covers with a doubler.

Doubler Options

  • Mainstays two 18pk washcloths from Walmart.  Cost approximately $4 per pack – $8 plus tax.
    These are what we used as doublers when we started cloth diapering. Fold two together and sandwich inside the FST.  This will give you 18 doublers, you could even add one to each night diaper if you needed a little boost.
    16 Day Changes and 2 Night Diapers:  In this scenario, you would use two flour sack towels at night with the double washcloth doubler giving you 16 daytime changes with doublers (or 8 per day) and two night diapers with doublers.
    Total Cost:  $59.88 to $87.72
  • Microfiber cleaning clothes from Walmart.  Cost approximately $12.80 for a 24pk.
    We have also used this.  With this option, we can actually get even more changes.  Just MAKE SURE that the microfiber is not touching baby’s skin.  It is too absorbent to be directly against the skin so it must always be wrapped inside an FST.
    18 Day Changes and 2 Night Diapers:  In this scenario, you would use one flour sack towel at night with two microfiber towels wrapped inside giving you two night diapers.  This will give you 18 daytime changes (9 per day).  Your daytime changes would consist of one FST with one microfiber towel wrapped inside.  You’ll still have two microfiber towels leftover if you want to purchase additional FSTs or have pocket diapers to put them in.
    Total Cost:  $64.68 to $92.52

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3 thoughts on “Cloth Diaper Budget Plans: Flour Sack Towels and Covers

    • I’m still learning over two years later. But it’s been a fun thing to learn about. At this point we’ve used all sorts of diapers as my tastes and budget changes. Happy to share what we learn!!

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