Learning how to fold a t-shirt the proper way can help you to organize your closet better, save space in your luggage, and prevent wrinkles from forming on your shirts. 

If you have room in your closet, I do suggest you hang your t-shirts, at least the most expensive or ones you wear the most.

When you are finished wearing or washing your t-shirts, you can choose to either army roll, basic fold, or double-shoulder fold your t-shirts. The type of fold or roll you choose will depend on your current needs and requirements. 

If you are traveling and want to save space in your suitcase, then you would likely prefer to army roll your shirts. 

If you are doing some laundry (how long does a washer take? / how long does a dryer take?) and want to store your washed t-shirts in a tidy fashion, use the double-shoulder method.

If you are in a rush or don’t mind a few extra wrinkles in your shirt, then use the basic fold method. 

Table of Contents

  • Fastest way to a t-shirt: Double-shoulder fold
  • Best way to a t-shirt to save space: Army Roll
  • Best way to fold a t-shirt to travel: Army Roll

How To Fold A T-Shirt

Total Time: 5 min

Cost: $0

T-shirts should always be folded as opposed to being hung on a hanger, since hangers tend to leave those annoying stretches in the shoulder areas. 

Use one of our three methods listed below for folding t-shirts, so that you can organize your closet, save space in your luggage, and maintain your t-shirt’s quality for longer. 

The double-shoulder folding method can make your closet look neat and tidy, and is the method most commonly used in retail stores when displaying t-shirts on shelves and tables. When storing your t-shirts at home in the drawer, on a shelf, or in a closet, the double shoulder method is one of the most useful ways to do it.

1. Lay the t-shirt flat front down

Begin the double-shoulder fold by laying the shirt on a smooth flat surface, with the front of the shirt facing downwards, and the back side facing upwards towards you.I suggest using your bed, kitchen table or floor like I have done here.

This is a photo of a t-shirt laying front down to get folded

2. Fold the left side of the t-shirt inwards

From the left side, fold the shirt inwards, so that the crease is between the left shoulder hem and left edge of the collar.

this is a photo of the left side of the t-shirt inwards

3. Fold the right side of the t-shirt inwards

Fold the right side of the t-shirt inwards to mimic the left side fold. Try to get it equal, but don’t fret too much if you can perfectly align the sides.

this is a photo of a t-shirt with both sides folded inwards

4. Fold t-shirt up in half

Fold the shirt in half from the collar down to the bottom of the shirt, so that the front of the shirt is now facing upwards. You also have the option for fold it vertically one more time if you are trying to save extra space.

this is a photo of a t-shirt folded up ion half

5. Fold the t-shirt once more then store

Fold the t-shirt once more then store in your closet or suitcase.

this is a photo of a finished t-shirt fold

Basic Fold

Total Time: 5 min

Cost: $0

The basic fold is just that; basic. The basic fold is easy to do, can be done quickly, and is useful for storage in a drawer or closet, as well as for traveling. The drawback of the basic fold is that it may leave some wrinkles in your t-shirt that may need to be ironed out later on.

1. Lay t-shirt flat for a basic fold

Lay the t-shirt flat on a smooth surface, so that the front of the t-shirt is facing downwards. Try your bed, kitchen table or floor like I have done here. The backside of the t-shirt should be facing upward.

this is a photo of a t-shirt flat to start a basic fold

2. Fold t-shirt in half from right to left

Fold the t-shirt in half from left to right, trying to line up the edges as best as possible. If you can mimic the other half of the t-shirt perfectly, then you are better than me at this!

this is a photo of a t-shirt folded in half from left to right

3. Pinch the t-shirts sleeves and fold back

Pinch both sleeves together, and fold them inwards, towards the middle at a 90 degree angle. 

this is a photo of t-shirts sleeves pinched back

4. Fold t-shirt vertically now

Grab the bottom of the t-shirt and fold it vertically from bottom to top. Look for the imaginary 1/3 line when finishing this first fold.

this is a photo of a t-shirt folded vertically to fold

5. Fold the t-shirt again to complete the basic fold

Fold the t-shirt one more time, the final 2/3 of the way. Depending on the size of the shirt you may find only one fold is needed to have a symmetrical t-shirt to put away.

fold the t-shirt again to complete the basic fold

Army Roll

Total Time: 5 min

Cost: $0

The army roll is a fantastic method to use if you are looking to save space in your suitcase or bag. This method turns your t-shirt into a compact parcel the size of a coke can. This method, if done properly, can also help to reduce the formation of wrinkles on your t-shirt while it is packed away. The army roll is also commonly referred to as the military roll, burrito roll, and other nicknames.

1. Lay t-shirt flat for an army roll

Start by laying the t-shirt flat and evenly, with the front side facing skywards on a smooth flat surface.Use your bed, kitchen table or floor like I have done here.

this is a t-shirt laid flat to start an army roll

2. Fold t-shirt hem up three inches

Fold the bottom of the t-shirt up about 3 or 4 inches (7-10cm) all the way around to create a hem. The fabric from the inside should now be showing on the outside, since it is folded outwards around the circumference of the bottom of the t-shirt.

this is a photo of a t-shirt hem folded up three inches

3. Fold the left side of the t-shirt in

this is a photo of the left side of t-shirt folded in

Fold the t-shirt over from either the left or right side, so that the side edge/hem is inline with the far edge of the collar.

4. Fold the top t-shirt sleeve back

Take the sleeve of the side you just folded, and fold it backwards in the opposite direction where it just came from.

this is a photo of the top sleeve of a t-shirt folded back

5. Fold the right side of the t-shirt inwards and tuck sleeve

Fold the right side of the t-shirt inwards and fold the sleeve back. Basically repeating the previous 2 steps for the opposite side of the t-shirt.

this is a photo of a t-shirt folded inwards to tuck sleeve

6. Start rolling the t-shirt from the collar

Now you can begin to roll the t-shirt. Begin with the collar and roll the shirt as tightly as you can while working your way down to the bottom cuff you created in step 2.

this is a photo of the top of the t-shirt starts rolling down to army roll

7. Finish the army roll of the t-shirt

Once you have completely rolled the shirt, tuck it into the hem/flap you made at the bottom, so that the shirt remains rolled up and does not come unraveled.

this is a photo of the army roll folded on a t-shirt

FAQ

That depends on what the purpose is. If you are trying to save space in your suitcase, then use an army roll. If you are trying to organize your drawers, then use the double-shoulder method. 

Clothing retailers generally use the double-shoulder method of folding to display their t-shirts.