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If you are like me, you want to spend as little time folding clothes as possible. In retail stores, they speed up the process by using a folding board. A simple hinged board dramatically reduces the time that it takes to fold a shirt while maintaining a perfectly uniform fold. To implement this brilliant idea in my own home, I designed a simple DIY shirt folding board out of cardboard and duct tape.

Step 1: Materials

The materials that you need for this project are cardboard and duct tape. More specifically, you need six pieces of corrugated cardboard that are at least 9 inches (23 cm) by 12 inches (30.5 cm) each. I found pieces of the appropriate size in the form of three shipping boxes that I had in my garage. The duct tape can be replaced by any other kind of tape. However, there is just something iconic about a project that is made from nothing but cardboard and duct tape.

The only tools that you will need are a sharp knife (such as a box cutter) and a ruler/yardstick (optional).
<p>i maid it in about 5 minutes. it is really simple to make and the day after i maid the thingy, i spent the whole day doing my mountain of londerey! (yes i'm home schooled and spelling is really not my thing) And i even re-organized my dresser. (the messy est dresser in the world) </p>
<p>You should learn how to spell. It's a real-world skill.</p>
Who care how they spell
<p>please excuse my errors in typing. i wrote that about 1 and a half years ago. XD</p>
<p>I apologize for my snide comment. Guess I was having a bad personality day.</p>
<p>Its alright, we all those days.</p>
Just out of curiosity how old were you at the time?
<p>Not all of us who were homeschooled have bad spelling. I was homeschooled, too, and am currently the Senior Creative Graphic Designer at a major printing company. I started out this part of my career as a proofreader (someone who reads printed proofs or electronic copy of a publication to detect and correct production errors in text or art before publication).</p>
<p>Homeschooled as well, and most homeschoolers I knew growing up actually had better spelling than the public school kids I knew. Don't give the community a bad name by making excuses for your lack of spelling skills :-/</p>
<p>cool</p>
<p>Made it! (not as accurate, but still good!)</p>
<p>Hi</p>
So I made this a few years ago. Only one problem, it's the duct tape. It doesn't work well on cardboard unless maybe it's sticks to itself. But after awhile I found the tape unsticking everywhere. I may try a different type of tape.
<p>Try postal packing tape. Almost as wide as duck tape and should stick better, especially since it's made for mailing package It's @ $3 at Walmart in office supplies.</p>
<p>I sprayed the edges where the tape goes with a little aerosol spray adhesive, no way it comes off now.</p>
I guess if you have a can lay around, why not. I have paper tape. I wonder if that can work.
<p>Do you mean the brown stuff that you have to lick? :-)</p>
<p>WOWOWOWOWOWOW NICE WAY TO FOLD CLOTHES!!! NEVER TRIED ACTUALLY (NO OFFENCE) BUT WOULD LIKE TO TRY ONE DAY (WHICH WILL MOST LIKELY HAPPEN)</p>
<p>very nice. the bought ones sometimes scratch the fibre of silk shirts so this is better. Also the remade ones may not be the correct size for your drawers/shelves/boxes or packing cubes so this allows much more flexibility!</p>
<p>I made it with 3 cereal boxes and tape! Works aMAZingly!</p>
<p>Nice. Quick to make and works like a charm! </p>
<p>Sheldon would be proud.</p>
<p>Of course, if you were to change the middle to where there are 3 folding sections in 3rds, you can do t-shirts too! Or polo too, if you perfer the 3 folding up on them too.</p>
<p>Isn't that a violation of an active silly patient? hehe I guess you are &quot;saved&quot; by the fact you didn't give out &quot;measurements&quot; don't cha love loop holes? I think I'll make one. You could use cheap lexan with hinges for one that clean about and possible more durable/cleanable than the cheap $2 plastic they are selling for $19.95.</p>
<p>Hey Riverboat ! . Than you for sharing . Just as a matter of interest , this can be a small moneymaking idea as we have guys making them and selling in Africa . In today's society , it is men with idea's and who can use their hands who make good money . Case in hand is the humble &quot;poop scoop&quot; . I was fortunate enough to know the man who had the foresight to bring this to the world market . From being bankrupt , he was given the poop scoop patent and molds in lieu of a debt he was owed and having nothing else , he started to make and sell them . He went on to establish distributors in America , U.K. , Canada , Australia , New Zealand and South Africa where he came from . He confided in me shortly before his death that he had sold 70 million poop scoops world wide . Just goes to show that education is not everything so please do not stop contributing good idea's . </p>
<p>Hey Riverboat ! . Than you for sharing . Just as a matter of interest , this can be a small moneymaking idea as we have guys making them and selling in Africa . In today's society , it is men with idea's and who can use their hands who make good money . Case in hand is the humble &quot;poop scoop&quot; . I was fortunate enough to know the man who had the foresight to bring this to the world market . From being bankrupt , he was given the poop scoop patent and molds in lieu of a debt he was owed and having nothing else , he started to make and sell them . He went on to establish distributors in America , U.K. , Canada , Australia , New Zealand and South Africa where he came from . He confided in me shortly before his death that he had sold 70 million poop scoops world wide . Just goes to show that education is not everything so please do not stop contributing good idea's . </p>
<p>Good heavens; folding a shirt is that big a deal?</p>
<p>To some people it is a big deal. I hang all my shirts up after ironing. Just my preference that all. </p>
<p>Yeah, when you're folding 50 a day in at-shirt shop!</p>
Hmmm... final appearance probably matters more there than to me, too...!<br>
so you would choose look, over functionality? You can always spray paint it, or put a decal on it. ?
<p>Huh? Maybe you need to reread the comment thread...</p>
<p>This is clever, certainly much cheaper than the plastic store-bought version. However, as the video I am going to add, also shows another way to fold shirts. It works for sleeveless and long sleeve, too. The video shows it on the floor or a table can be used, but I just use my lap. I make one more fold, lengthwise, to keep sleeves inside, and then I can easily put three stacks in the dresser drawer. I've been using the 'origami' way for 4 or 5 years. http://housekeeping.wonderhowto.com/how-to/fold-t-shirt-japanese-origami-way-212394/</p>
<p>big problem with the Japanese -origami folding technique and other pull through systems. They leave a sleeve loose on the bottom which makes stacking them problematic. Also when you have a stack folded this way and you are packing your travel bags, you cannot pick them up without the shirt coming un-folded unless you use two hands. This system also does not work on shirt that are tapered. So the traditional way that keeps the sleeves inside the fold is still superior even with the extra time involved. IMHO </p>
I've never know that there's a folding board for shirt. Thank's for shared
<p>This is clever, certainly much cheaper than the plastic store-bought version. However, as the video I am going to add, also shows another way to fold shirts. It works for sleeveless and long sleeve, too. The video shows it on the floor or a table can be used, but I just use my lap. I make one more fold, lengthwise, to keep sleeves inside, and then I can easily put three stacks in the dresser drawer. I've been using the 'origami' way for 4 or 5 years. http://housekeeping.wonderhowto.com/how-to/fold-t-shirt-japanese-origami-way-212394/</p>
<p>im going to do this.. I hate folding washing and my man always tells me I do it wrong... thanks heaps.</p>
<p>I employ the Chuck Wagon rule in my house. I'll take some constructive criticism, but if you constantly complain, you will have to do it yourself - problem solved!. For those who don't know what the Rule is, I once heard (somewhere) that when cowboys were on the trail and anyone complained about the food they had to cook the next day. Hence, no one complained!</p>
<p>That is from a story related by Utah Phillips titled &quot;Mooseturd Pie&quot; on a album of the same name. Check it out; I bet you can find it on iTunes!</p>
<p>OMG... I remember this on Dr. Demento. Classic funny... &quot;It's good tho!&quot;</p>
<p>Hopefully in the year since posting your man has gotten his attitude changed. I do my own laundry (after all, it is my laundry) and I hate folding, so just hang everything.</p>
<p>Your &quot;man&quot; should be grateful you do it at all. Not all of us are so fortunate. ;-)</p>
<p>Try this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuLgW3YzYv8</p>
<p>Times two!!</p><p>Thanks for the tutorial :) </p>
<p>Times two!!</p><p>Thanks for the tutorial :) </p>
I made one of these. Now my 6 year old is a folding machine!
<p>Must report you for Child Labor Abuse. Pay must be $15 an hour.</p>
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