Industry Tips, Marketing, T-Shirts

Creative Ways How To Fold T-Shirts

Learning how to fold t-shirts properly might sound like a waste of time, but you’d be surprised by the benefits of having an organized wardrobe. An uncluttered drawer saves time in the long run, allows you to fit more stuff, and extends the life of your pieces. If your business evolves around clothes, it will be more critical for you to learn proper folding techniques, such as how to fold t-shirts. Nothing screams ‘amateur’ like buying a t-shirt online, only for it to be all wrinkly when you receive it.

Stores Fold

Organize your T-Shirts Professionally

Wouldn’t you like your t-shirts to look as organized as they do on the shelves of high street shops? Perfectly folded t-shirts increase customer engagement and more importantly have your customers love you. Once folded perfectly, your t-shirts can be stored in a smart way, allowing you to get a better grasp on all the garments you own. Whenever to put them on, they’ll look like they’ve just been ironed.

Increase Efficiency in a Standing Position

Life is too short to fold a t-shirt, we hear you say? Not if you can do it in seconds, and still end up with a perfect result. You won’t even need a flat surface to fold your t-shirts using this method, you can do it standing up!

Japanese t-shirt fold

Learn the Japanese Technique

The Japanese are well-known for their love of neatness, and a popular technique among them is Japanese t-shirt folding. This technique can be completed in a few simple steps and allows t-shirts to be easily organized and stored in drawers.

  1. Place the t-shirt flat on the surface.
  2. Fold one side to the back of the shirt.
  3. Repeat the process on the other side.
  4. Fold the bottom of the shirt up.
  5. Fold the sleeves inwards.
  6. Make an extra fold in the middle.
  7. Identify and arrange t-shirts without disrupting their perfect order.

folding t-shirts that are long-sleeved t-shirts

Organizing consultant Marie Kondo has a special method for folding long-sleeved t-shirts so that you can store them in your drawers or shelves. This method is like how you would fold short-sleeved t-shirts but requires a few extra steps to ensure the arms are kept in place. Alternatively, you can opt to hang the garments in your wardrobe, freeing up space for other items.

Army Fold

How to fold t-shirts military style

This one looks like you’ve screwed your t-shirt up in a ball, but it eliminates the creases and saves space. This method is beneficial when traveling as it saves much space in your suitcase.

  • Lay the shirt flat on a surface with the front facing up.
  • Fold the bottom of the shirt up to the armpits.
  • Fold the arms of the shirt in towards the middle, creating a rectangular shape.
  • Fold the shirt in half, creating a neat and uniform rectangle shape.
  • Store the shirt in a drawer or suitcase.

Make your very own t-shirt board

If you’re looking for perfectly shaped shirts without effort, then a t-shirt folding board is the way to go. These boards are constructed with heavy-duty plastic and are engineered to save time and generate polished results. To use one, put the t-shirt on the board and shape it to your liking. Once you have the technique down, you’ll be able to shape t-shirts effortlessly like a pro. With a t-shirt folding board, you’ll never have to stress over crookedly shaped t-shirts again..


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!