How to Fold Clothes

Bring a welcome sense of order and neatness to your closets and drawers with these practical, easy-to-follow suggestions for folding clothing.

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As tempting as it is to leave clean clothes in the basket, taking the time to fold clothes can actually save you time. Well folded clothing means less ironing later. Read on to learn the best and easiest ways to fold common clothing items.

 

How to Fold a Shirt

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Folding Untailored Shirts

Choose one of these methods for folding untailored shirts. Depending on your personal preference, comfort with the techniques, and available storage, one is likely to better fit your organization style and offer you the most practical folded shape for your situation.

The draped fold:

  • Fasten buttons and closures.
  • Hold the shirt by the shoulder seams near the neck seam, with the front facing you.
  • Fold the sleeves and sides back so the sleeves meet in the middle of the back.
  • Drape the sleeves so they lie flat along folded edges.
  • Fold the garment from the top to bottom either in half or thirds, depending on desired finished shape.

The flat fold:

  • Place the shirt front down on a bed or tabletop.
  • Smooth wrinkles by gently pulling at the seams, making the shirt slightly taut.
  • Fold each side in along a line at the outer edge of the collar or neckband, toward the center.
  • Smooth the sleeves.
  • Fold in half by bringing the bottom edge to the neck or collar.

Fold Slacks or Pants

Use one of these folding methods to keep your slacks in ready-to-wear condition and your closet or drawers orderly.

The creased fold:

  • Line up seams and hems to keep the creases crisp.
  • Hold upside down by bottom hems; match inseams to the outer seams, keeping the crease sharp.
  • Fold in half onto a pants hanger or in thirds to place in a drawer.

The smooth fold:

  • Hold pants by the waistband, and shake them to smooth large folds.
  • Lay pants on a flat surface with the seams on each leg parallel, pulling seams gently until slightly taut.
  • Fold one pants leg over the other, matching and smoothing seams.
  • Fold garment in thirds lengthwise to fit in a drawer or fold in half to drape over a hanger.

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