How to Fold Sweatpants: Make more Space Fast!

This article will make sure you optimize your closet and draws when putting your sweatpants in.

How to Fold Sweatpants

Save Space

Knowing how to fold sweatpants properly will save you a lot of space and headaches. Sweatpants can be very puffy and think due their fabric which keeps you warm. Finding space in your drawers, cubby hole or perhaps suitcase will be a nuisance if you don’t know the ways to fold them. Roll, flat fold, military roll.

This is How to Fold Sweatpants: Make more Space Fast!

Are you having difficulty finding space for all of the sweatpants you have bought between 2020 – 2022?

Or maybe you are finding confidence with the different styles of sweatpants and joggers you have now (do you know the difference between joggers vs sweatpants?) and are styling up your sweatpants for a day out with the crew. You, then, have to read this article, what to wear with sweatpants.

Sweatpants are comfy, versatile and fashionable! 

But the problem now is where do you store them all? 

How do you make sure they don’t get creases in them?

How can you travel with them, so they don’t take up all the space in your luggage?

Don’t worry; I got you!

Also, if you are a taller guy looking to find the perfect fitting sweatpants, I created these guides of the top brands just for you.

This article dives into all the ways you will want to store and how to fold your sweatpants.

How to Fold Clothes

The best way to fold any clothing you have is to wash them first. This is the best way to wash your sweatpants. Keep in mind sweatpants are made mainly from cotton, which will shrink multiple sizes if you wash it wrong. To stop this try to dry flat, line dry or read this article how to prevent sweatpants from shrinking.

Once your clothes are clean and dried, you will want to fold them shortly after and put them away, and this will keep them wrinkle-free. The longer you let them sit in a pile on your bed, the worse they are going to look. 

This works also for shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts, joggers and underwear. Find the piece of clothing you want to fold below.

Best way to Fold Sweatpants

The best way to fold sweatpants depends on what type of storage you are putting them in and how long they will be there. Choosing the best way to fold your sweatpants would have to be the simple 5-step flat fold.

How to Fold Sweatpants for Drawers

There are two ways you can fold your sweatpants to fit in your drawers. One way is the military roll, you will store more pants in your drawer this way, and they will also be easier to see and grab out. 

The second way to store your sweatpants is by folding them flat. Folding your pants flat will take up more space, and moving the stacks each time will be needed as you look for the right pair. However, the sweats will be ready to wear right after grabbing them, unlike the military roll where you will most likely have to work out some creases. 

How to Fold Sweatpants for Travel

When packing for travel, the only thing you need to focus on is putting as much into your carry-on, check-in or backpack as possible. Using a second or third suitcase and paying the extra baggage fees is not an option for most. 

To best fold your sweatpants for traveling, making them tight as possible, you will want to roll them with a ranger roll. If you have an extra belt to take with you, tie it around your sweatpants once rolled to make them even smaller!

How to Fold Sweatpants

Choose one or a few of the folding tips to help make extra room in your closet, drawer or carry-on suitcase.

1. How to Flat Fold Sweatpants

Luckily for you (and me!), folding sweatpants is something you can do without your mothers’ help. It is a simple 3 step process, and all you need for it is a flat place (table) or a semi-flat place (bed).

1. Fold the sweatpants in half

Fold the sweatpants in half, placing one leg on top of the other with the back pockets (if there are any) facing out.

This is a photo of sweatpants being folded in half

2. Fold in half lengthwise

Fold in half lengthwise, bringing the hem to just below the waist and forming a long rectangle.

this is a pair of pants being folded in half lengthwise

3. Fold the pants upwards again

Fold the pants upwards again, this time into thirds.

this is photo of sweatpants being flat folded

With your sweatpants folded flat, you can place them in a closet cupboard, in a drawer or right into your check-in suitcase for your next flight.

2. How Block Roll Sweatpants?

You will want to roll your sweatpants, especially when you do not have a lot of space to store them. Having warm thick sweatpants for winter will save you from the cold better than jeans. Yes! sweatpants are warmer than jeans. But, thicker cotton sweatpants will take up a ton of space, so be sure to read our more in-depth article on how to roll sweatpants also.

1. Lay the sweatpants flat

Lay your sweatpants evenly on a flat surface. Kitchen table, bed or open floor.

this is a photo of sweatpants lain flat

2. Fold Sweatpants in half

Fold your sweatpants in half from the waist. The backside should now be facing upwards/outwards, and the front side is hidden inwards.

this is a photo of sweatpants folded in half

3. Fold sweatpant leg 90°

Take one pant leg, and fold it in a 90° angle outwards at the knee.

this is a pair of sweatpants with the leg filded at 90 degrees

4. Start rolling the waist

Grab the sweatpants at the waistline, and begin to roll downwards by the elastic waist.

This is a photo of sweatpants being rolled at the waist

5. Pull on loose sweatpant leg

Once the bottom is reached you will find that one pant leg is hanging loose. Use this pant leg to pull over top of the roll, so that the rest of the sweats are encapsulated inside.

this is a photo of a pair of sweatpants being block rolled

6. Finish the Block Roll

The pant leg should now be inside out, and the rest of the sweatpants should be contained inside, similar to how you might roll a sleeping bag.

this is a pair of sweatpants that are block rolled

3. How do Military Roll Sweatpants

The military roll, also known as the ranger roll, is one of the most effective ways to save space when folding your sweatpants. If you have camo sweatpants, the military roll is especially applicable (jokes).

1. Turn waist inside out

Turn the waist of your sweatpants inside out, exposing about 8cm/2.5in of the inside fabric.

this is a photo of a sweatpant with its waist turned out

2. Overlap sweatpant legs

From the bottom of the sweatpants, overlap the two inner seams of the pant legs, so that the inside of the sweatpant legs are overlapping each other.

this is a photo of a sweatpant leg being crossed over

3. Fold the outside edges

Fold the outside edges of the pant legs inwards. Your sweatpants should look long and skinny now.

this is the outside of a pair of sweatpants being folded over

4. Roll your sweatpants

Tightly roll your sweatpants from the bottom upwards.

this is a photo of sweatpants being rolled over

5. Tuck & wrap the sweatpants

Once the joggers are fully rolled, tuck and wrap the sweatpants into the fold you created in step 1.

Tuck & wrap the sweatpants

4. How to File Fold Sweatpants

File folding is a compact and tidy way to store sweatpants and can be used in a number of different situations. Learn how to file fold sweatpants by following the steps below.

1. Lay the sweatpants flat

Lay your sweatpants on a flat surface. Try your kitchen table, bed or open floor space.

this is a photo of sweatpants laid flat to be file folded

2. Fold the sweatpants in half

Pinch the waist of your sweatpants and fold them in half. They should be folded in half north to south, the long way.

This is a pair of folded sweatpants

3. Fold the bottom hem

Fold the bottom hem of your sweatpants upwards, until it is 2/3 of the way up the pants.

This is a pair of sweatpants folded on the bottom hem for a file fold

4. Grab the waist & ankles

Grab the end of the fold that has both the waist and the ankles, and fold it inwards 2/3 of the way.

This is a photo of sweatpants ankles and waist being folded together

5. Finish the roll on your sweatpants

To complete, roll the sweatpants from one end to the other as compactly as possible.

This is the final fold or roll for your file fold of your sweatpants

How to Fold Sweatpants FAQ

The best way to fold sweatpants is to do the 5 step flat fold.

Rather than haphazardly laying sweatpants flat in a drawer, they should stand upright; the more folds there are, the less wrinkled the sweatpants will be when you are ready to wear them.

Written and reviewed by:
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
Paul Marlow is a 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) mental health speaker, fashion expert and ex-athlete. He is a global leader in helping tall men find clothing that fits them and showing them how to style it properly. Paul also spends his time modelling in the fashion and film industries. Paul is also the founder of Never Alone, a global leader in providing mental health and therapy inspiration. He started the Mental Growth Newsletter to help others that were dealing with mental health struggles, like he has.

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