How to Fold a Shirt

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Fold a Shirt. Once you learn the art of shirt folding, you will find that you can use the technique when you pack clothes for a suitcase, or for creating an organized and complete look for your dresser drawers.

Prepare a folding surface area for your shirt, such as a table or bed that has enough room to lay the shirt out with the arms extended.

Button all buttons on the shirt.

Lay out the shirt on your folding surface area, with the buttons facing towards you. Extend the arms out and smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.

Starting on the right side, fold the right sleeve inward across the body of the shirt so that the right cuff reaches towards the lower left side seam. Imagine crossing your right arm across your body and placing your right hand on your left thigh. The shoulder seam of the right edge should line up with the seam of the right side of the shirt. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.

Fold the right sleeve back on a diagonal below the shoulder area, and above the elbow area, so that the side seam and the sleeve seam line up. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.

Fold the right side of the shirt in half so that the side seam lays on the buttons in the middle of the shirt. Repeat Steps 2 through 6 for the left side of the shirt. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.

Fold the collar and shoulder down so as not to wrinkle the collar (approximately 9 1/2 inches). Fold the bottom or tail of the shirt upwards (approximately 4 1/2 inches) or until the fold reaches the bottom of the cuffs. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.

Fold the top and bottom halves together until the shirt reaches the desired fold size. Smooth out any wrinkles.

Tips

  • These directions are for folding a long-sleeve, button-down shirt. You can modify these steps for short-sleeve shirts or T-shirts.