Pant Folding Machine




I hate folding clothes. I already made a T-shirt folding machine, so I decided, why not try to make a pant folding machine? It works pretty well. Once done, you will be able to lay a pair of pants on the cardboard, flip a few pieces, and have a nicely folded pair of pants.

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Step 1: What You Need

All you need this project is:

A few long pieces of cardboard
Scissors/ Box Cutter
Big Tape/ Duct Tape
A Tape Measure

Step 2: Measuring and Cutting the Pieces

First lay out all of your cardboard and measure out the following pieces :

2 pieces of 11 inches by 13 inches these are pieces A

1 piece 44 inches by 13 inches this is piece B

1 piece 22 inches by 13 inches this is piece C

Using the marker, trace the dimensions and cut them out

Step 3: Assembly

With the big tape standing by, lay out your pieces so that:

Both A pieces are to the left of piece B, and C is to the left of B and below A.

Once they are laid out, tape both A piece together. Tape the bottom A piece to the top of the C piece. Then tape the top left side of B to the top A piece. Make sure not to tape any other areas.

It sounds confusing, but the pictures really help

Step 4: Using It

To use it put your pants on the assembly so that it fits on there nicely. Slide the pants slightly to the right as it will help a small problem i will explain below. Once you have positioned your pants; fold B to the left, fold C up, then fold C and lower A up. You should have a neat pair of folded pants.
This also works great with shorts, do the same thing, except move the shorts all the way to the top.

The small problem mentioned above is the stability of B to A. Since 3/4 of the left side gets folded up, that pieces only 1/4 that is stationary. Piece B has to be taped to that. So piece B can be a little inaccurate. There are two solutions, either flip piece B faster and further, or go to the next step for an optional upgrade.

Step 5: Optional Upgrade

To combat the problem of piece B being slightly unsturdy, you can tape both A pieces together to piece B. This will greatly help the sturdiness and neatness. To use it , you fold B to the left, fold C up, then pull the partially folded pants halfway down so that it is half on A and half on C. Then fold once again.

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Also check out my similar instructable: the T-Shirt Machine:

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    16 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I am currently getting ready to undergo carpal tunnel surgery on both hands here very soon i was worried about how i was going to accomplish the little things ! this works out perfect ! Thank You!!!

    6 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I doubt I'm the only one curious on exactly how you got carpal tunnel surgery in both hands.


    Great ide...if you created a slightly more professional version that didn't apply to the gorilla glue contest, then this would do pretty well....patent it! I just might try it cuz I absolutely suck at shirt folding! Nice job Pal!


    9 years ago on Step 5

    I went the "organic" route for my "trouser" folder..
    My machine is named "Suzanne", I also call her Wife"

    1 reply

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, thank you for all the comments everyone, i never thought this could help those who couldn't do it. I just thought it was a fun thing to make that was slightly helpful. It is really nice to know that i am genuinely helping people.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    If you go into any clothing retailer you can find one or more of these in the back, nice to see a DIY version.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Some people in earlier comments say this is useless, but I don't think so. Not only does it save a little bit of time, like they say it doesn't, but it also does a better job than I ever could!

    I also agree with casemill, but think casemill misses the point. For the able-bodied, a project such as this may useless. There are, however, disabled individuals who might find such an aid useful. The beauty of the internet is that very small minorities (maybe just one person) can benefit from another person's seemingly useless ingenuity.

    Lance Mt.

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I agree with Casemill but just for the fun of it., im gonna make one


    10 years ago on Step 5

    That's creative, but not timesaving. It's still faster to just fold the pants by hand. Machines are supposed to make work faster or produce a better job. This does neither, however ingenious.