How to Fold a T-Shirt

T-shirts are the foundation of a good laundry folder. This includes 1) t-shirts, 2) tank tops, and 3) long sleeves. It's important to have the three different shirt folds as a base before you get good at other items. Remember, we hang all collared shirts - so we will skip that tutorial for now.

T-Shirts: Step by Step Directions

  1. Lay the shirt flat, face down, with the sleeves fully spread out to the sides. Hand press & stretch any wrinkles out. 
  2. On one side of the shirt, measure one thumb width from the collar. Fold this in. If necessary, you can tuck the sleeve back.
  3. Repeat this move on the other sleeved-side of the shirt. You should now have a rectangle that is just wider than the collar. 
  4. From the bottom of the shirt to the top of the shirt, fold the garment into thirds. For adult shirts, we always fold into thirds - not quarters.
  5. Hand press & stretch any wrinkles out before putting in into the appropriate stack on your folding table.

Tank Tops: Step by Step Directions

  1. Lay the shirt flat, face down, with the sleeves fully spread out to the sides. Hand press & stretch any wrinkles out. 
  2. On one side of the shirt, measure one thumb width from the collar. Fold this in. If necessary, you can tuck the sleeve back.
  3. Repeat this move on the other sleeved-side of the shirt. You should now have a rectangle that is just wider than the collar. 
  4. From the bottom of the shirt to the top of the shirt, fold the garment into thirds. For adult shirts, we always fold into thirds - not quarters.
  5. Hand press & stretch any wrinkles out before putting in into the appropriate stack on your folding table.

Long Sleeves: Step by Step Directions

  1. Lay the shirt flat, face down, with the sleeves fully spread out to the sides. Hand press & stretch any wrinkles out. 
  2. On one side of the shirt, measure one thumb width from the collar. Fold this in. If necessary, you can tuck the sleeve back.
  3. Repeat this move on the other sleeved-side of the shirt. You should now have a rectangle that is just wider than the collar. 
  4. From the bottom of the shirt to the top of the shirt, fold the garment into thirds. For adult shirts, we always fold into thirds - not quarters.
  5. Hand press & stretch any wrinkles out before putting in into the appropriate stack on your folding table.

Now that you know how to fold t-shirts, tank tops, and long-sleeved shirts, what's next?