How to Fold a T-Shirt

When it’s time to do some T-shirt folding, use the simple trick in this video. You can fold a T-shirt in 15 seconds flat for a guaranteed wrinkle-free fit.

What You Need

  1. Check t-shirt
  2. Check flat surface

Follow These Steps

  1. Lay shirt flat

    Working on a flat surface, lay the shirt horizontally, face up, with the collar of the shirt aligned with your left-hand side.

  2. Pinch the shirt in the middle and at the shoulder

    With your right hand, “draw” a line across the middle of the shirt (vertically, from your perspective, across the tummy). Draw a second line (horizontally, from your perspective) from the top of the shoulder closest to you, to the bottom hem of the shirt, about two inches in from the edge

  3. Cross over your hands

    With your right hand, pinch the shirt where the two lines intersect. With your left hand, pinch the shoulder along the second (horizontal) line. While holding the shirt at these two points, cross your left hand under your right wrist, and grab the bottom hem at the end of the second line. You now have the shoulder and the hem in your left hand and the middle of the shirt in your right. (It will look a little messy when you cross—don’t worry about it.)

  4. Lift and uncross your hands

    Lift shirt so that it hangs in front of you. Uncross your arms, pulling the fold taut. Shake out the T-shirt, readjusting your fingers slightly so the shirt hangs down smoothly.

  5. Make your final fold

    Still holding the shirt with both hands, place it back on the surface, this time facedown (and again with the collar of the shirt aligned with your left side). Fold shirt toward you, bringing the side in your hands over the side with the left sleeve still sticking out. Smooth and store.

    Tip: Fold T-shirts as soon as you remove them from the dryer to minimize wrinkles.