Introduction: A Cardboard Device: THE SHIRT FOLDER

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You have got to agree that nobody really likes doing chores like ironing clothes, folding them up neatly, stacking them into neat piles and so on. A hack was necessary. So here's a solution we found that takes us one step closer to 24 x 7 relaxation. We are not yet in a dorm, but this is going to be the device that I'm going to carry around everywhere. For the dorm people and the life hackers out there, check this out!

Our inspiration was from Sheldon's shirt folder in the "big bang theory", and we have replicated that same design.

PLEASE VOTE, if you have enjoyed the instructables. Any questions or feedback will be happily replied in the comments section below.


Some material slightly bigger than your shirt (we used a piece of cardboard that we cut out from a washing machine box) you could use acrylic sheets or wood etc.

Something to create hinges we just used tape on the joints


Utility knife

Measuring tape (that's all)


We generally fold a t-shirt in three steps:

  1. We fold one sleeve inwards
  2. Then the other sleeve
  3. And finally we fold the bottom of the shirt upwards.

Instead of us folding the t-shirt in these steps we have used flaps which replicate this movement...Now that you know how it works it is time to start building the structure!



This shirt folder is designed for the specific size of your t-shirt. To know how big you will have to make the panels according to your t-shirt, you will start by measuring your t-shirt. Take a folded t-shirt of yours and measure the length and width.

Now draw out 2 rectangles with the specific measurements onto your cardboard. Carefully cut them out with your knife making sure to be as neat as possible. You will then have to cut out 2 bigger rectangles for the side flaps, these have the same width but is double the length. You should end up with 2 small rectangles and 2 big ones.

Notice that I have put some tape along the borders. This is to give a neat edge and make it more endurant. Keep in mind that you don't need to do this, although I feel it gives it a nice touch.



Start by laying out the rectangular pieces making sure that the 2 smaller ones are in the middle and the big ones are on either side.(as shown in the picture). Then space the flaps out so that they have around a centimeter's gap between each other.

Now tape up the small rectangular piece on top to all its adjacent. Tape then both front and back. If you've followed the steps correctly you t-shirt folder should look like the last picture, it is ready to turn folding clothes into a fun job.

Step 5: IT WORKS!

Picture of IT WORKS!

Time to test out your creation...

  1. spread out your t-shirt upside down, with the top facing down.
  2. Fold one side flap inwards and back
  3. Fold the other side flap inwards and back
  4. And finally the bottom flap upwards and back.

There you have it!!! A perfectly folded t-shirt in half the time and it's fun :)

Step 6: Further Modifications

After we finished building this we thought we could make it even better. How about making it automatic,or even folding all your clothes(not only t-shirts), or maybe even stacking them up for you in your cupboard.

Well we have built a version 2.0 which does exactly so! This is something you would surely want, wouldn't you? Well then stay tuned for cooler updates, coming soon!!

If you like what we make please subscribe and check out other of our crazy projects. Do feel free to give us ideas or feedback on anything. Cheers!


Devina124 (author)2016-10-04

Hey. This is Amazing. I just made it out of some left over cardboard at home. My cupboard looks neater than ever. Helps my OCD :)

Dornfield (author)Devina1242016-10-04

Surely you mean CDO, with the letters in the correct alphabetical order, which is HOW IT SHOULD BE!!!!

This is humour (British), just in case anyone takes me seriously.....

jayedwin98020 (author)Dornfield2016-10-04

British or not, if you feel the need to explain, it might not be that humorous.

Dornfield (author)jayedwin980202016-10-04

I believe that having to explain a joke is like disecting a frog: you understand more about the frog, but it dies.....

Imemc2 (author)Dornfield2017-10-09

=)) lmao

jayedwin98020 (author)Dornfield2017-08-16


DavidK75 (author)Dornfield2016-10-04

Mark Twain?

Dornfield (author)DavidK752016-10-05

I don't think so: wasn't his frog comment that if it was "your job to eat a frog each day, eat it first thing in the morning, and if it is your job to eat two frogs, eat the biggest one first" Although I appreciate the analogy, frankly, I'd find a new job...

DavidK75 (author)Dornfield2016-10-05

Ha ha, I've never heard that one before. I like it!


Jest surely you.

Technovation (author)Dornfield2017-01-18

Good one!

OneBirdieMa (author)Dornfield2016-10-04

I thought it was DOC and that's why I needed an MD to prescribe something so I could unfixate myself . . . . nice to know it's COD so it will be paid for on delivery . . . .

Technovation (author)OneBirdieMa2016-10-04

; )

Technovation (author)Dornfield2016-10-04

Nice one!

Technovation (author)Devina1242016-10-04

Hahaha I'm glad!!

Technovation (author)2017-08-16

I get you!

ндогонят (author)2017-04-16

Nice for long sleeves, but useless for T-shirts, there's a much faster and neater way to fold T-shirts in 1 move:

Yes true, but this is the best way to get the same size folded tshirt

ViolaUkeSuperDude (author)2016-10-05

That's very interesting! I have done laundry (I am a boy) for years and I've never had a need for one of those, but cool! Nice idea. I wondered how to make good folds.

Yes with this model you can be very consistent in your folds

Technovation (author)2016-11-26

Thanks for all the votes and support!

mattyw21 (author)2016-10-02

I can't wait for the automated version! I have used one of these for years -- it was called the Flip and Fold and was one of those As Seen on TV offers. Over time, the hinges separate, and it was difficult finding tape that sticks to the plastic and survive being flexed multiple times.

There are also very expensive versions for department stores and dry cleaners. Your version is ideal! It IS a little more trouble to fold shirts this way, but you can store a lot more if everything is folded exactly the same.

Technovation (author)mattyw212016-10-02

Great! Yes all the t-shirts now are fixed and come out exactly the same folded size. Stay tuned for th automated version!

Yonatan24 (author)Technovation2016-10-05

AnnabelleR1 (author)Yonatan242016-10-17

Cool! Now can we put a little say toy car motor or something so that instead of a hand crank we can press a button to activate and shut off?

Yonatan24 (author)AnnabelleR12016-10-17

I don't know. Depends on the motor...

Technovation (author)Yonatan242016-10-17 my case sevo motors

Technovation (author)AnnabelleR12016-10-17

That's exactly what I'm trying to achieve in the upcoming models..

WOW talented wood worker guy. That's impressive!

Yeah checked out some of his other videos too..very impressive

Technovation (author)Yonatan242016-10-05


Yonatan24 (author)mattyw212016-10-04

Izzy Swan made a wooden Drill-Powered version of this.

Technovation (author)Yonatan242016-10-04

Oh is that so? I haven't seen any, I've been searching for a design..I finally came up with my own. Could kindly send the link of the video?

FlorinJ (author)Technovation2016-10-04

Look up videos published by Izzy Swan on youtube. It was most likely meant as a joke.

Technovation (author)FlorinJ2016-10-04

Okay will do so

tcman2006 (author)Technovation2016-10-04

so.......? anything? if so, please post link

Technovation (author)tcman20062016-10-05

It's put up above..

muffypuccio (author)mattyw212016-10-04

They are for sale at JoAnn stores

Technovation (author)muffypuccio2016-10-05

Oh okay!

gkist (author)mattyw212016-10-02

-Já existe um 'dobrador' fixado na parede, procure na Internet.

Forte abraço.

Technovation (author)gkist2016-10-02

I'm sorry I am enable to understand you....

SteveP4 (author)Technovation2016-10-04

Google Translate:

-already There is a 'folder' wall mounted, search the Internet. Strong hug.

Technovation (author)SteveP42016-10-04

Thanks for your effort!

jekob (author)2016-10-06

you have copy my project

Technovation (author)jekob2016-10-06

Well I didn't copy you..I just replicated the one I saw on the big bang theory

Zaacharia (author)2016-10-05

I use the Japanese method for folding t-shirts since I do not have
the surface space available. I am showing the version in Japanese
because that is how I learned it (it took me many, many tries but I am a
slow learner). This method works for long-sleeved dress shirts when
packing for a trip - the last step being carefully rolling it up without

Technovation (author)Zaacharia2016-10-05

I do agree that the Japanese version might be faster..and can fold a bigger variety of clothes. But then I made the folding board because it is an easier design to turn it into an automated device. Stay tuned for the upcoming updates

Zaacharia (author)Zaacharia2016-10-05

Then I found this - even easier

Technovation (author)Zaacharia2016-10-05


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