How to Fold Clothes: Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to fold different types of garments properly, using our step-by-step guides.

How to Fold Clothes

Save Space

Use the file fold, line fold, army roll, and other methods to save space in your suitcase and organize your closet. Avoid the creation of new wrinkles and creases by folding your clothes using the correct methods. Learn how to fold jeans, t-shirts, sweatpants, dress shirts and more with our easy to follow step-by-step guide. 

This is How to Fold Clothes: Step-by-Step Guide.

Knowing how to properly fold clothes gives us the ability to have better organized dressers and closets, and also allows us to fit more garments into our suitcase while traveling! 

The type of roll or fold you choose to use will depend on the type of garment you are looking to fold, as well as the type of situation you are in.

For example if you are looking to organize your t-shirts in your dresser you may choose a simple file fold. However, if you are going on vacation and want to bring as many shirts as possible without bringing more suitcases, you will likely choose to use an army roll. 

Continue reading to learn how to fold jeans, t-shirts, sweatpants, joggers, and more. 

How to Fold Clothes

Use our step-by-step instructions below to learn how to fold different types of clothing garments. 

Let our other specific pieces of clothing guides help you  keep your clothes looking sharp when you pull them out to wear.

Before you start folding your clothes, make sure you washed your clothes properly.

After your clothes have been washed dryer them in the dryer (watch your tumble dry setting) or dry them without a dryer. If you choose to use a dryer, be careful to not shrink anything.

Instead of using heat to dry your clothes I would suggest the air drying option and using either a flat dry or line dry.

Use the link at the bottom of each section to just to an article that goes into even greater detail and describes even more folding methods. 

1. How to Fold a T-Shirt

Use the double shoulder fold method to fit all of your t-shirts neatly and evenly into your dresser drawers. Folding your t-shirts correctly will save you space as well as help to avoid the creation of wrinkles.

  1. Begin 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. 
  2. From the left side, fold the shirt inwards, so that the crease is between the left shoulder hem and left edge of the collar. 
  3. Repeat step 2 for the right side of the t-shirt. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Finished! Rotate the shirt 180 degrees so it is facing upwards and outwards, and store in your closet or suitcase.

Continue reading our more detailed article on how to fold a t-shirt.

2. How to Fold Jeans

The File Fold is one of the most versatile ways to fold jeans and can be used in a number of different scenarios. You can modify this method so that when the jeans are completely folded, they are folded to match the size of your drawer. Do this by changing the fold in step 3 from ⅔ to or ½. Play around with the fold and see what works best for you!

  1. Lay your jeans on a flat surface. 
  2. Pinch the fabric on your waistband and proceed to fold your jeans in half. They should be folded in half vertically, the long way. 
  3. Fold the bottom hem of your jeans upwards, until it is 2/3 of the way up the pants.
  4. Grab the end of the fold that has both the waist and the ankles, and fold it inwards 2/3 of the way.
  5. Finally, roll your jeans from one end to the other as tightly as possible.

Continue reading in our more detailed article how to fold jeans.

3. How to Fold Sweatpants and Joggers

The army roll, also known as the military or ranger roll, is one of the most effective ways to save space when folding your joggers and sweatpants. The army roll is a great method to use if you are trying to save space in your luggage, closet, or drawers. 

  1. Turn the waist of your joggers or sweatpants inside out, exposing about 8cm/2.5in of the inside fabric. 
  2. From the bottom of the pants, overlap the two inner seams of the pant legs, so that the inside of the jogger legs are overlapping each other. 
  3. Fold the outside edges of the pant legs inwards. Your pants should look long and skinny now. 
  4. Tightly roll your joggers/sweatpants from the bottom upwards. 
  5. Once fully rolled, tuck and wrap the pants into the fold you created in step 1.
  6. Finished!

You can find our articles on how to fold sweatpants & how to fold joggers dive deeper, so keep reading there to learn more.

4. How to Fold a Hoodie

Folding your hoodie probably won’t be a daily action you take. Hoodies fabric is quite durable, so dropping it onto your bedroom floor for a few days or hanging it up for a few weeks won’t negatively affect it.

However for smarter storage, folding your hoodie is the only way to do it.

Follow the instructions to learn how to do a basic fold of your hoodie.

  1. Place the hoodie on a table (kitchen table or desk in your room) and lay it with the back facing upward and the hoodie down. f your hoodie has a zipper or front pocket, both should be facing down at this stage.
  2. Take each arm, one at a time, and cross them over the middle of the hoodie. The hoodie shape should form a rectangle with the hood poking out at the bottom.
  3. Grab the top half of the hoodie and fold it evenly over the bottom half. Let the hood hang over the bottom as you align the bottom of the hoodie with the shoulders.
  4. Fold the hoodie vertically into quarters. Grab one side of the hoodie and fold it vertically over the other half. Allow the hood to hang over the bottom. Pull it out if it is trapped in the fold. This should end up making the hoodie look like a square.
  5. Open the hood and stretch it over the folded rectangle until it envelopes the folded section.

Continue reading in our more detailed article on how to fold a hoodie.

5. How to Fold Dress Shirts

When folding dress shirts, the most important thing is that you take care and try to avoid crushing the collar. 

Follow the instructions below to learn how to fold dress shirts.

  1. Completely button up your dress shirt. Do up the buttons on the front placket, cuffs, and collar if it has any. 
  2. Lay the dress shirt evenly on a flat surface with the front side facing down. 
  3. Pull one of your sleeves over by taking a side of the shirt and folding it in towards the center. Grab the sleeve by the cuff and then fold it back over again to it is pointing towards the edge of the shirt, and then fold it one more time so it is facing the middle once again. 
  4. Repeat step 3 for the other side/arm. 
  5. Fold the shirt into a neat rectangle by folding the bottom of the shirt upwards. 
  6. Turn the shirt over so that the collar is facing upwards, and store or pack the shirt appropriately. 

Continue reading in our more detailed article how to fold a long sleeve shirt or how to fold a dress shirt.

6. How to Fold a Suit Jacket

Suit jackets can take up a lot of space in your closet or luggage. Use this folding method and save tons of space in your bags and suitcases. 

  1. Start by carefully popping the shoulders of your suit jacket inside out.
  2. Next fold it in half vertically so the lapels touch. Your jacket should be folded with the lining facing outwards.
  3. Now fold horizontally, to a size that fits your luggage. Use the least amount of folds possible. 
  4. Lay your folded jacket flat in your luggage or tuck the rolled jacket away neatly.
  5. Upon arrival, unpack, pop the shoulders back into place. Your suit jacket should be wrinkle free and ready to wear.

Note: If you will not be wearing your jacket right away, be sure to place it on a hanger in a closet or out of the way.

Continue reading to learn more on how to fold a suit jacket.

How to Fold Clothes FAQ

The line fold and the basic fold are the two easiest ways to fold clothes. Both ways are quick, easy, intuitive, and can help you to save space in your closet and suitcases. 

Folding your clothes is better for organizing your closets. If you want to save space in your suitcase while traveling, then chose to roll your clothes. 

Written and reviewed by:
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
I am 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) model and ex-athlete. Since I was a teen I had trouble finding clothes. I was too tall for off the rack and was too lean for Big & Tall.

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