Welcome to our article on how to fold a long sleeve shirt.

A ‘long sleeve shirt’ can refer to many different tops. Perhaps you are looking for a long sleeve tee, long sleeve flannel shirt or maybe a long sleeve sweater. Whatever the piece of clothing you have in your hands right now, I’m sure this article will help you fold it properly.

Let this guide on how to dry your clothes without a dryer be of future use to ensure you don’t shrink any important piece of clothing and treat it with the respect it deserves.

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How To Fold A Long Sleeve Shirt

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

Since you have a pile of laundry lying on your bed or kitchen table, you need to learn how to fold all the clothes properly. And if you have space in your closet hanger, I suggest you hang up your pants properly.

How To Fold Long Sleeve Shirt

1. Lay the long sleeve shirt flat and face down

Lay out the T-shirt facedown in front of you and smooth it out. Use any clean, flat surface for folding, such as a table, bed, or the floor. Straighten up the body and sleeves, brushing out any wrinkles or folds.

this is a photo of a long sleeve shirt laid down to fold

2. Fold long sleeve shirt in half so sleeve cuffs touch

Fold the shirt in half, so the sleeves line up. Bring one side over to meet up with the other, so the two sides mirror each other. You can fold either from the left or right.

this is a photo of a long sleeve shirt folded in half so sleeve cuffs touch

3. Keep sleeves together and make two folds

Keep the sleeves pressed together as you fold them once backwards. Make a second fold above the elbows in the opposite direction to create a triangle shape. Make sure both sleeves fit on top of the body of the long sleeve t-shirt to create one long rectangle shape.

this is a photo of the sleeves being together for two folds of the long sleeve shirts

4. Tuck the rectangle into halves

Tuck the rectangle into halves or thirds to fit in your drawers or shelves. Start at the bottom of the shirt and fold it up into a smaller rectangle. If you want to store your shirts standing up in your drawers for easier access, use the thirds technique. If you stack your shirts on a shelf, use the halves technique.

this is a photo of the long sleeve being folded into halves
First fold
this is a photo of the long sleeve being folded into halves final fold
Final fold

How to fold a long sleeve t-shirt: quick tip

Be careful about stacking too many shirts on a shelf. Doing so will make it harder to pull out the shirts on the bottom of the stack. Try to stack 3-4 shirts on top of each other, max.

Long Sleeve Dress Shirt

Total Time: 5 min

Cost: $0

We broke down how to fold a dress shirt a on a YouTube video as well.

how to fold a Long Sleeve Dress Shirt

1. Button up the dress shirt to start

Button up most buttons so the shirt will hold its shape and stay together while you fold it. Run your hands over the fabric to straighten any wrinkles or creases, then adjust the collar until it lays flat and neat.

this is a photo of a dress shirt unbuttoned

2. Lay dress shirt front down on a flat surface

Use a clean, flat surface such as a table, dresser, or bed as your workspace for folding. Lay the shirt facedown, smooth it out, and adjust the collar if it has folded or collapsed. This shirt is the Nelson Flannel dress shirt from American Tall.

this is a photo of a dress short face down ready to be folded

3. Fold the left sleeve first

Fold the left sleeve toward the center of the shirt. Start the fold at the shoulder and bring the left arm across the back of the shirt, making the left side of the shirt one long line. Turn the shirt into a long rectangle shape. Don’t extend past the right side.

this is a photo of the left sleeve being folded first on a dress shirt

4. Fold the right sleeve second

Repeat step three, but now do the right sleeve. Fold the right arm at the shoulder and bring it across the left arm, so they cross in the center of the shirt. Ensure the right sleeve doesn’t extend past the edge of the shirt.

this is a photo of the right sleeve being folded second

5. Fold the bottom of the dress shirt up

Fold the bottom third of the shirt up, then fold the next third up so it meets the shoulders of the shirt. Creating the perfect size for placing the shirt in a suitcase, drawer, or shelf.

this is a photo of then bottom of the dress shirt being folded up
First fold
this is a photo of then bottom of the dress shirt being folded up final fold
Final fold

6. Flip the dress shirt over for final touch

Flip the shirt back over and adjust the collar. Straighten any wrinkles and ensure the collar is neat before packing or storing your dress shirt. This will help protect the collar from being crushed and the fabric from wrinkling too much.

this is a photo of the dress shirt being folded and flipped over right side up

How to fold a long sleeve dress shirt: quick tips

  • If the arms are extra long and extend past the edge of the shirt, fold the cuff backwards, so it stays within the rectangle.
  • Although this technique protects your shirt from excessive wrinkling, you may still notice slight wrinkling. You may have to do some steaming before you wear it next.

Long Sleeve Sweater

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

how to a fold Long Sleeve Sweater

1. Lay long sleeve sweater front up on flat surface

Choose a flat surface, such as a table, bed, or floor, and lay the sweater out with the front-facing up. Smooth out the surface of the plus 2 sweater and spread the sleeves to the sides.

this is a photo of a long sleeve sweater laid flat to fold

2. Fold the right side of sweater over

Fold the right side of the sweater over with the sleeve straight out. This first fold brings the outer right edge of the sweater to the middle of the sweater. Keep the right sleeve straight out and lay it across the left arm, so it’s almost perpendicular.

this is a photo of the right side of the sweater being folded over

3. Fold the right side sleeve back inward

Fold the sleeve back inwardly just above the elbow, forming a triangle shape. Line the cuff up at the bottom of the sweater with the initial right-side fold.

this is a a photo of the right sleeve being folded back inwards

4. Now fold the left side the same way

Repeat step three on the left side to form a rectangle. Fold in the left side and the left arm just like you did with the right, forming another triangle with the sleeve and a straight line along the left side. Once finished, the sweater will look like a long rectangle.

this is a photo of the left side of the sweater being folded back

5. Finish folding the sweater with bottom to top

Bring the bottom to the top to fold the sweater in half, then in half again. This creates a thick rectangle shape that can stand up on its own. 

this is a photo of the sweater being finished folding by folding up
First fold
this is a photo of the sweater being finished folding by folding up final fold
Final fold

How to fold a long sleeve sweater: quick tip

Once finished, store your folded sweaters in drawers standing up. Line them up in a row so you can easily see each piece of clothing.

Long Sleeve Shirt In A Suitcase

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

how to fold a Long Sleeve Shirt In A Suitcase

1. Lay the long sleeve shirt face down near the suitcase

Lay out your shirt, facing down on a flat surface. The kitchen table, bed or floor will work. Smooth out any bumps and wrinkles in the fabric. Spread the arms straight out before you start folding.

this is a photo of a long sleeve shirt face down to be folded into a suitcase

2. Fold the right long sleeve over to match the other

Bring the right sleeve over to match up with the left. Fold along the center of the shirt so the two sides mirror each other. Smooth the shirt to get a clean fold and line up the sleeves as perfectly as possible.

this is a photo of a sweater folded over the right sleeve

3. Fold both sleeves inward to the center

Fold both sleeves inward, so they lay along the center of the folded shirt. Fold the shoulder inwards, creating a diagonal line. The cuffs of the sleeves will probably hang past the hem a little bit. Run your hands over the shirt, removing any creases, wrinkles, or bunched-up fabric.

this is a photo of both sleeves folded to the center of a sweater

4. Fold the sleeve cuffs together

Keeping the sleeves together, fold in the cuffs, so the bottom of the shirt and the cuffs are aligned. This will keep your cuffs from being crinkled when you fold the shirt in increments. If your sweater is extra long like mine, then this step is not necessary.

this is a photo of the sleeve cuffs folded together

5. Fold the shirt flat into small sections

Fold in 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) sections until you reach the top. Instead of rolling your shirt, fold it flat in small sections, starting at the bottom until the whole shirt is folded up. Try to match the folds, so the collar lines up with an edge. If the collar hangs out a little past the rest of the folded shirt, that’s okay.

this is a photo of the first two folds of the finals folds
this is a photo of the last two folds of the finals folds

6. Lay the folded long sleeve shirt in your suitcase

Lay the folded shirt in your suitcase. Pack your shirts, especially long-sleeve dress shirts, at the top of your suitcase. This technique will probably require extra ironing or steaming when you unpack, but the section-by-section folding will save you lots of space in your luggage. I am using the Hybrid Check-In Large from Monos to get the most space for my clothes while traveling.

This is a photo of a sweater folded into a monos hybrid check in large suitcase

Before you start folding, did you wash your shirt and dry it properly so there are no wrinkles?

FAQ

There are two ways to pack a long sleeve shirt. One way is to roll your shirt, so it is tight and compact, taking up the least amount of space possible. The second way to pack a long sleeve shirt is to fold it, this will leave fewer wrinkles when you unpack, but it will take up more space.

The best way to save space when packing your long sleeve shirt for a flight, or putting it away in your drawers, is to roll it. By rolling your long sleeve, you will take up less space. However, it will create more wrinkles and creases.