How to Fold a Shirt in 7 Steps

Make your shirts look like they belong in a clothing store display with this easy folding hack.

By: Laura James

Everyone should work in retail or in a restaurant at some point in life. Not only will you think twice about the tips you leave your servers or how you respond when a sales associate tries to tell you about their in-store promotions, you’ll also gain hands-on skills you can use long after you’ve turned in your uniform. My time working in a women’s clothing store taught me one essential skill that helped take my laundry game to the next level - how to fold a shirt.

How to Fold a Shirt

How to Fold a Shirt

Properly fold shirts make for easier stacking and storing.

Photo by: Laura James

Laura James

Folding a t-shirt may seem like a piece of cake. You probably simply air-fold t-shirts, shove them in a drawer and call it a day. But there’s nothing quite like properly folded shirts. They make for easier stacking and storing, they’re less likely to wind up wrinkled from getting shoved in the back of a drawer and they simply look nicer. I promise the extra five seconds will be worth it.

Follow these easy steps to see how to fold a shirt into a crisp, clean rectangle.

How to Fold a Shirt: Step 1

How to Fold a Shirt: Step 1

Start by laying the shirt on a flat surface, the front facing down.

Photo by: Laura James

Laura James

1. Lay the shirt on a flat surface with the front of the shirt facing down. Place a folding board at the neck on the shirt. If you don’t have a folding board, simply cut out a cardboard rectangle measuring 12 inches by 10 inches.

How to Fold a Shirt

How to Fold a Shirt

Next, fold the left side of the shirt, making a straight line down the side.

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Laura James

2. Fold the left sleeve in toward the center of the board, making sure the fold makes a straight edge down the side of the board.

How to Fold a Shirt

How to Fold a Shirt

Repeat fold on right side.

Photo by: Laura James

Laura James

3. Repeat the same fold on the right side.

How to Fold a Shirt

How to Fold a Shirt

Next, fold the bottom of the shirt upward right below the end of the board.

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Laura James

4. Fold the bottom tail of the shirt up so that the edge touches just below the board.

How to Fold a Shirt

How to Fold a Shirt

Fold the bottom of the shirt upward again.

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Laura James

5. Then fold the bottom portion of the shirt upward onto the board.

How to Fold a Shirt

How to Fold a Shirt

Remove the board.

Photo by: Laura James

Laura James

6. Simply slide the board out of the shirt.

How to Fold a Shirt

How to Fold a Shirt

Photo by: Laura James

Laura James

7. Flip over the shirt and admire your retail-ready folded top.

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