Introduction: How to Fold T-shirts in 2 Seconds

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This instructable teaches you how to fold T-shirts, in seconds.

Step 1: Folding

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Fold your T-shirt like that:

Watch a video:

Step 2: First Step

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Lay down the T-shirt. Then pinch 2 places I marked. Be ready to flip one side.

Step 3: Second Step

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Just flip one side onto another and take side of a t-shirt.

Step 4: Third Step

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Raise your hands. Let the T-shirt hang in the air. Then be ready to fold it down.

Step 5: Fourth Step

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Fold per folding line. Put it down. Nice....

Step 6: End.

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Folding T-shirts this way saves you a lot of time. Remember to spend your saved time wirting some good instructables. ;)

If you practise a little bit more you can fold very fast, very very fast. :)

Just like i do :D watch the video:


CheliNenino (author)2013-07-29

I can't watch the video... I hate you computer! Hahaha! I've wanted to try this way of folding a shirt for the longest time. Seems so much faster.

i know how to do that

kaleesh (author)2009-06-11

I have folded 10 t-shirts this way today :DD.

Wafflicious (author)2008-12-26

i saw this before in a video online... some japanese martha stewurt lady does this in under 10 seconds.... i forgot the website though!

Punkguyta (author)2008-12-14

My way of folding t-shirts is so much easier.

fwjs28 (author)2008-12-04


whiteoakart (author)2008-12-04

Jeezow! I have to fold about a hundred t-shirts a week for the family laundry. (stay at home and work at home Dad) I am going to practice this. Those few seconds add up and I will be able to impress all the neighborhood moms with my slight-of-hand shirt folding magic. Thanks.

FlyJayCeezy (author)2008-12-03

OMG, that's just too easy! Now I can save some hangers. :p

NightingaleIB (author)2008-08-12

contrary to some haters out there, i think this is an awesome thing you just taught me! and it's actually useful!

Zujus (author)NightingaleIB2008-08-13

thank you ;)

bobbybobah (author)2008-07-31

Heh. I tried this for a while, but end up just throwing them in my drawer. a bit too lazy.....<a rel="nofollow" href="">free coupons for!</a><br/>

liquidblackout (author)2007-06-17

I was going to make this post...It's supposed to be fast, but they don't take into account the time it takes to lay it out flat on a flat surface, while in contrast, the shirt is held in my hands the entire time for the method I find most efficient, but not quite as aesthetically appealing as the folds in clothing shops. Then again, I worked at one, so I can do both pretty quickly. My method involves folding the shirt in half down the line of symmetry, folding the sleeves over, then folding the shirt in half again, from the bottom up.

dude that's how everybody does it. the point of this method is to have the front of the shirt presented on top.

yutzwagon (author)2007-12-15

Hey guys (or gals), I think i saw something about long-sleeved shirts? Just sorta pull the sleeves into themselves before you fold the whole shirt. No problems!

eight (author)2007-11-17
My life is complete and I can now die knowing I have the meaning of life.*

Thank You Zujus !!

  • I'm 43 so I hope to be around for a while yet !
Zujus (author)eight2007-11-17

lmao :DDD

I MAKE STUFF (author)2007-10-28

can you do this with long-sleeved tops and vests

Zujus (author)I MAKE STUFF2007-10-29

no, you can not.

aintMichael (author)Zujus2007-10-30

long-sleeve shirts and vests are jerks, they don't let you do anything!

cbshirlee (author)2007-10-20

I saw Martha Stewart do this once, but was frustrated cuz I didn't get it and it was no where on her website. So THANKS! I got it now!

RiddleOfSphinx (author)2007-10-19

Wow...You would never expect something like this to be so complicated, but I think I finally got it I've seen this done countless times before , but could never get it because they did it too fast :P But, anyway, not bad...I was actually able to do it thanks to this ( or at least somewhat :P). I think the only suggestion I could make is make sure the camera follows you while you go through the motions, maybe have a friend help....just a suggestion ;) Good Instructable :)

RekaM (author)2007-10-16

nice photos!

WilderLust (author)2007-10-08

Truly inspired... i am going to have to practice this one :-) WL

pinoymale (author)2007-10-06

Thanks for posting this instructable. I can really use it whether I'm packing for camping or just putting away my clothes. Hehe, no more need to run to mommy for help!

andy60 (author)2007-07-22

i think this idea is excellent, well done

Shadow in the Night (author)2007-06-09

Great style, I'll have to start doing that. By the way this may be a bit off topic, but where did you get those shirts? I haven't seen them on any sites like threadless, jinx, ect. Or are they from a certain store?

T-shirt with robot is original Instructables
t-shirt. I won it. Black t-shirts are from ThinkGeek. :)


CRYSlikha (author)2007-06-06

Someone taught me this method but I forgot all about it. Thanks for refreshing my memory

Zujus (author)CRYSlikha2007-06-06

You are welcome. :)

hub714 (author)2007-06-02

You got this from that Japanese woman folding the shirt didn't you? How you did the motions are EXACTLY the same =p

Anyways, if you do it this way, it comes out slightly weird. It's not as nice as folding it normally like how the employees in retail do.

Zujus (author)hub7142007-06-02

That movie inspired me to create this instructable. :) I like this folding way, it looks nice for me.

babyboi512 (author)2007-06-01

i love da binary tshirt its fukin awsum

Zujus (author)babyboi5122007-06-02

Yes, it is ;D

Thinktank (author)2007-05-25

Good instructible. Makes me want to do laundry lol

SurferGeek (author)2007-05-24

A vintage trick that has been on every single video sharing site for 4-5 years. Surprised anyone would bother putting it here. Nice work on the video 'tho...

ewilhelm (author)2007-05-24

Zujus, your English is great; however, I made a slight correction and added "to" to your title and first sentence forming "How to perfectly" and "how to fold." I hope you don't mind.

Zujus (author)ewilhelm2007-05-24

I am really thankful for that. Sometimes i don't know how to write things correctly. ;) (But I learn fast ;D)

fungus amungus (author)2007-05-23

Looks cool, but: - the two second time ignores laying the item flat in the first place - it's useless in a laundromat - the resulting fold isn't that solid. It's better if the sleeve is folded inside.

dchall8 (author)fungus amungus2007-05-23

- so maybe it's three, or even four seconds. With practice you can probably do it in 2. But the shirt doesn't have to be perfectly flat to start. Even if you miss the middle you can fix things in the process. - I always bring my shirts home to fold them. Even at home I take them from the laundry to the bedroom to fold. If I had to fold them at the laundromat, I'm sure I could find a flat spot somewhere. - I think the fold is better with the sleeve out - there are no fold lines on the sleeves. This method works every time and is very easy to do. I have friends who saw the video on YouTube and thought it was trick photography.

fungus amungus (author)dchall82007-05-24

I tried this method several times a couple years ago and found that it's a cool trick, but that's about it. It just looks crazy. It's not as versatile a method and there's no time savings overall. As for the quality of the fold, it's just not there. None of the other techniques I've tried fold the sleeves. The other folds are easier to pick up. This one you have to be careful with it.

dchall8 (author)fungus amungus2007-05-24

You mean you already know how to fold a shirt and you haven't shared the INSTRUCTABLE! C'mon! The only other technique I know wads up the sleeves and makes the shirt extra bulky so I need more drawers for my shirts.

fungus amungus (author)dchall82007-05-24

Wow, such a pent-up demand for shirt-folding techniques. I've folded t-shirts three different ways, one with a plastic shirt folder and two freehand, and they all come out better than this. I can't think of a way that would be worse, honestly. It all comes down to the fact that you have that sleeve flapping about underneath. Well, one method is more erratic in terms of the resulting shape, but the other two are still solid. Tell you what, if you guys are still interested in a month I can do a comparison of them all. Sound good?

Zujus (author)fungus amungus2007-05-24

Sound sweet! ;) maybe a little contest? "T-shirt folding contest". Sound intersting ;) huh?

lebowski (author)fungus amungus2007-05-24

Yeah, I agree, post your Instructable, don't just say it's not a quality fold and leave us hanging...

jwopitz (author)2007-05-24

I personally just like to wad everything up into a ball and toss it into the appropriate drawer. It is by far, the fastest way to put clothes away. Hey! I may look like a dump, but at least I saved a few minutes not folding. Ok. now where is my sucker and twirly hat? Let's go mom!

Zujus (author)jwopitz2007-05-24


NE-Phil (author)2007-05-24

Wow! I always hated folding shirts so for the past few years I put them on hangers - the drawers are empty but the closet is stuffed with T shirts on hangers. I'll have to try this at home. If I start using this method - I'm gonna have a lifetime supply of hangers! Nice Instructable!

chrubble (author)2007-05-24

NIce trick, but not my favourite fold for moving t-shirts around as the arm underneath drops...I like this onethis one - Now I just need a little cardboard device for folding my socks.

sam (author)2007-05-23

this was on Martha Stewart's show once..

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