Variations of the Quick Snap Flat Wrap (QSFW)

Variations of the Quick Snap Flat Wrap (QSFW)

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by Trish in Tutorial

Shortly before my baby boy was born I decided I might want to try cloth diapers.  Since I know how to sew, I decided to make some of my own.  I was completely clueless as to what style I wanted since I had never tried any cloth diaper and I really didn’t even know what was out there.

One free pattern I came across was the Quick Snap Flat Wrap(QSFW) and it’s companion the Short Wing Quick Snap Flat Wrap(SWQSFW).  These sew up SUPER fast and don’t take a lot of material.  Some people have taken the original design and added things, such as leg elastic, or a stay dry sling.  I decided to make some with the variations and some without and compare them on my newborn.  I wanted to see how they fit differently or how well they held in the super runny bf poo newborns have.

All the SWQSFW are made with one layer of knit and one layer of either velour or baby terry.  The QSFW is made of one layer knit and one layer of regular terry.  I think next time I would add another absorbent layer to them since I found I needed to add a washcloth folded in 3rds for more absorbency.

First off, I wanted to show the difference between the QSFW and the SWQSFW.  The one on the left is the regular QSFW, and the one on the right is the short wing version.  I only made the one QSFW, and the rest are the short wing version.

Here they are actually on a 9 lb newborn:

Next is the difference of having a washcloth added, vs no washcloth:

Let’s start with action shots of the QSFW:

As you can see, on my boy, there is a lot of gap at the leg and it didn’t contain his poo.  Now, let me state that diapers fit every kid differently, so just because it didn’t work with my son doesn’t mean it’s a bad pattern!  It might fit perfectly on someone else.

Now here is the short wing version with nothing fancy added:

There is still some leg gap, but it’s not quite as bad.  I did try to fold the edges of the leg in before I put it on.  This one, however, did not hold his poo either.  It leaked right out the legs.  :(

Now here are some of the variations I did to the short wing version that made it work a lot better for us!

Here is the short wing version with elastic added in the back area by simply folding over the edge and forming a casing for the elastic:

No leg gap at all, and it worked perfectly!  It was still super easy to do too.  Some people like to add elastic in the area where the wings fold over, but I found it wasn’t necessary at all.

The next variation is a sling that was added that has a stay dry top, and the one I added a layer of baby terry underneath.  This sling has elastic in the sides, and is only connected in the front and the back.  Then I added elastic in the back under the sling.  I didn’t really feel like this was necessary and the back of the diaper fit snugly enough to contain blowouts for us.  Then the wings simply fold under the sling.

As you can see, the sling acted like gussets of sorts. Even though there was leg gap from the actual SWQSFW, the messes were contained in the sling.  I liked this variation too, but it definitely took more work than just adding the leg elastic in the back and worked the same.

In conclusion, if I were to make more for my son, I’d do it with the leg elastic added in the back, since this was super easy to do and really didn’t take much time at all.  If you are in a hurry to get a stash of diapers made up, I highly recommend this pattern!  It took me maybe 10 minutes to cut out and sew my first one, and then I got faster every time.

I hope this helps for some of you!

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23 Responses to “Variations of the Quick Snap Flat Wrap (QSFW)”

  1. Katrin

    07. Jul, 2013

    They look great. I like the one with the elastic on the sides. Could you tell me the link with the tutorial, please? I only found one on diaper divas, but I am not a member, and I read a post of someone saying, the site is shut down. Thanks a bunch!
    Katrin (still searching for the perfect diaper pattern and training pant pattern)

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  2. Sanity

    16. Oct, 2012

    I suppose it’s the fact that I’ve been diapering as long as I have, but pins don’t bother me… I’ve never stuck myself or my baby, (either of them, since I used pins on my first baby, too)…

    I made each one of these with 3 layers of unbleached cotton birdseye, so that when the flaps are folded in, they are 9 layers in the center… that was plenty for my baby, and because I was using pins, I got them plenty snug enough to keep poo contained, then we used side snapping pul covers over them. and 3 layers throughout is not so much that they don’t get clean and dry in a short cycle.

    My baby was 9lbs 1oz at birth, and dropped to 8lbs 3 oz when we came home. We were in these for about the first month, after that, she had filled out enough to fit our OS pockets.

    I made 14 from unbleached birdseye I ended up getting for 2.50/yd in a co-op, and we ended up washing every day with just enough to have her wearing one while the rest were washing.

    I currently have mine out on loan to a friend with a tiny 6lb baby girl, and she is enjoying them, as well.

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  3. Sanity

    07. May, 2012

    Because you can get a much snugger fit around the leg openings with pins or a snappi, you shouldn’t need to add elastic unless you are doing the snap/velcro option. I prefer closure-less, myself, because they are endlessly adjustable, even more so than velcro is.

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    • Trish

      11. May, 2012

      Yeah, I didn’t have a snappi and there was no way I was doing pins! I’ve tried using a snappi now on a prefold and I can never get it tight enough. But I know some people love them! I’m just not one of them. ;)

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  4. Debbie

    19. Apr, 2012

    Oops, I forgot to mention that I plan to use velcro and put some of the soft part of the velcro on top of one of the wings so that I will be able to make the diaper fit more snugly across the waist.

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  5. Debbie

    19. Apr, 2012

    How long did this fit your newborn (up to how many pounds)? I tend to have small babies–the biggest was not quite 8 pounds, and am trying to determine if I really need newborn sized diapers or if I can just make a small work. Also, how many would you suggest having on hand for a newborn. This is my first time cloth diapering and I can’t see myself doing laundry two days after the baby is born. Thanks so much!

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    • Trish

      11. May, 2012

      You know, I have no idea. I didn’t really use them much and didn’t get into cding as much until after he was in smalls. I can’t remember how big he was when that happened, but he was 9lbs 7 oz when he was born. I also realize now that I didn’t make them with enough absorbency. I only did 1 layer knit and 1 layer cotton velour, and that was nowhere near enough, which could be part of why I didn’t like them as much. For newborns most people suggest at least 30 if you want to do laundry every 2-3 days. What you can do is make a small diaper, but add a snap down rise so they will fit like newborns. Kind of like a OS diaper, only just for the newborn/smalls. That works really well.

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