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How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

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Do you know to fold a fitted sheet - do you really know how? It is a mystery to me on why we can never fold the fitted sheet back into the nice little rectangle that once was for easy storage. You can ask my husband - he has no idea on how to fold it either. He just makes a nice rolled up balled up mess that he calls folded and then puts it away in our linen closet. I can go over to friends homes and sneak a peek at their linen closet and once again not a folded fitted sheet in sight. Just a big old mess. My dear sweet grandma should me long ago - how to fold a fitted sheet. Here is my lesson to you - and yes I am going to teach my husband once again on how to fold the fitted sheet and this time I hope he remembers.

Enjoy and happy folding correctly,
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Step 1: Getting the fitted sheet ready for folding

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Here we have my husband eagerly awaiting my folding instructions. Get your fitted sheet ready!

Step 2: Finding the corners/points

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With you pointer finger - put them each into to ends of the fitted sheet. I always start with the top or bottom points of the sheet- the shorter distance. Here my husband has his two fingers at each end inside the sheet. Find your points!

Step 3: Bring the two point together

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In this step bring your two fingers together. Bring over one side - ride side over to meet the other point. Almost like a mirror image crossing over to the other side. Follow the pictures carefully!

Step 4: Bringing up the other 2 points

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You are going to repeat the same steps 2 and 3 for the following points until you have all points overtop of each other on your other hand.

Step 5: All points together

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This is what you should look like after you get all point together.

Step 6: Different angles of the folded sheet

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Here are different angles of what you should have after you get all points together. My husband is so excited - we are almost finished

That's my little pug dog Bailey Floyd - he couldn't help not getting in the picture.
talonsblade5 years ago
this does not work for my sheets, we have an overstuffed queen mattress and all our fitten sheets have elastic around the entire edge. it almost makes a circle so after i put all four corners together i end up with a realy funky shape afterword.
Haha, yeah I was messing with some sheets with the elastic all the way around for like 20 minutes before I realized what was going on. This still works somewhat, but I end up with a funky triangle.
lancmaltby (author)  talonsblade5 years ago
So it took long to reply - Does your sheets at least have a seam at the 4 corners - like in step 2. I guess you could make your own "corners" and try and fold it the excect same way. It should work perfectly. Let me know if it works out!
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great instuctables though, those fitted sheets always bug me to death, i like i straight linen closet and they always fool it. after i read this as soon as i got home i tried it, doesnt work though
Haha excellent tutorial, and what a good sport (and also very cute) husband!
Excellent info, I've been wrestling with an almost-perfect "folding style" for a while, and you helped me figure out what I've been missing. Thanks!
Goodhart4 years ago
I will have to show this to my wife, she hasn't a clue as to how to fold them, and I tend to just tuck and fold until I get it square ;-)
Rob1185 years ago
I found this really great video on youtube for a new product called Fit&Fold. It makes folding fitted sheets so easy. Each button is labeled so it makes folding practically fool proof. It only took me a few seconds to fold my sheet! You should definitely take a look at it! Here's the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?vi=pe4mAF2N56g
sideways5 years ago
I like to create sheet set "packages" by putting the folded flat sheet and pillowcases inside the fitted sheet. Then I just grab a "pack" when it's time to change the bedding.
Funny. I put my poorly-folded fitted sheet and flat sheet inside the pillowcase -- a natural bag to keep everything together in a set.
Wow!! I also put my sheets and one pillowcase inside the other pillowcase. It makes a nice neat "package" and keeps the sheets from wrinkling (if they were folded right that is) And I agree with you lancmaltby...I so enjoy being able to fold my fitted sheets so nicely. I learned that fold from my mother years ago. Thanks so much for sharing!
lancmaltby (author)  sideways5 years ago
I love the package idea - When I get home tonight I am going to reorganize my linen closet. I just had it set up with all the pillows cases together , flat sheets together and so on - you way makes it so much easier!! Thanks so much!
Thanks, My dad made me unwillingly (I was playing a PC game) bring up this page and read it while he stood there trying to match the pictures and getting all confused while I impatiently waited for him to stop mumbling to himself, but I'm sure it helped him.
lancmaltby (author)  YummyPancakes5 years ago
If he needs more help I can give better directions personally!!!! I take great pride in knowing how to fold a fitted sheet and love to help - just let me know.
GrannieK5 years ago
Your Instructable was very good. However, if you expect your husband to "remember" I'm afraid you're in for a disappointment. Husband's seldom remember these things - how else would they get out of helping around the house? I'm speaking from 50 years of marriage knowledge.
5 stars! YES! TAKE THAT, YOU STUPID SHEET! I am going to own my sheets next time I do the laundry. I'm so excited!
micah1_85 years ago
Ok, it's sad, but this actually makes me anxious to get home and fold a sheet. I've always been vexed by those things. Now, if I could just find a way to make the flat sheet stay centered on the bed instead of pulling way over to one side or the other in the night...
lancmaltby (author)  micah1_85 years ago
Thanks Micah1_8 I hope you went home and folded all your sheets! Let me know how it turned out!
Well, first, I put a link to this 'structable up on my blog. Then I went home and tried it. It didn't work so well for me, the step where you add corners 3 and 4 is a little unclear and it took some trial and error. I never did get that nifty neat rectangular shape, but I got something close enough that I was able to fold the sheet up instead of wadding it up. A visitor to my blog commented that he had the same problem. Thanks though, the results were still better than before!
ajmontag5 years ago
your enthuasiam makes the instructable. thank you for your passion on the topic!!
lancmaltby (author)  ajmontag5 years ago
I do love to fold - I take great pride in knowing how. It's one of those talents that can go unnoticed! Thanks so much!
BookMaiden5 years ago
This instructable is hoot! It's brilliant. When I was younger I almost had it. Now I see where I was off. Your husband's a cool sport.
lancmaltby (author)  BookMaiden5 years ago
Thanks - My husband is the greatest - Let me know how it turns out with you sheet folding!!
Intriguing! When I'm providing (very inexpert) assistance at folding sheets, making the bed, getting into or out of bed, or any other activity reminding me of the phrase "fitted sheets", I feel a compulsion to utter the following entreaty towards maintenance of linen cleanliness; "Y'all keep yo' shitted feets off'n my fitted sheets!" (No implication of lack of podiatric sanitation should be interpreted here; I just like the way it rhymes)
I LOVE it!!!! hahaha!!! He's such a ham!
lancmaltby (author)  metrohippymom5 years ago
Thanks - So when I got off the phone with you last night I was very created - you see!!!! I really didn't get much of Cleanfest May 2008 completed other then a few loads of laundry and yes I did put it all way - I promise. Don't you just love how excited he is about learning how to fold...... again!!

Patrik5 years ago
Wow - that is amazing!

You can't tell, but I have almost exactly the same expression on my face as your hubby! :-D

As an engineer, folding fitted sheets has always been a frustration to me. I have eventually developed my own technique, but this is so much better!

Love the pictures, by the way - your husband is a good sport, ;-)
lancmaltby (author)  Patrik5 years ago
Thanks so much for featuring my instructable!!

My husband can have a very " I am so excited I can hardly control myself " look so I just had to use him -and teach him once again how to fold the sheet. And yes he was a good sport. I kind of stopped him at the door when he got home from his 14 hour day and made him help me! He's the greatest * wink !
you are my new domestic hero (heroine?) either way, i'm actually going to go home and do this :) right after i cook the future mrs some dinner :)
lancmaltby (author)  TheScientist5 years ago
I'm no Martha Stewart - however I do worship the ground she walks on!! I just love to fold fitted sheets - I do take great pride in knowing how too. Wanted to share with the world. Thanks so much for the comment.
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