Thinking about how to fold a shirt is like thinking about how to ride a bicycle: iI’s better achieved when less thought and more action are put into the matter. We all have our own different ways of folding, whether we’re meticulous about folding symmetrically down the front or simply stacking shirts up and calling it a day. You’ve been folding your tees since you started doing your own laundry, whether that’s five, 10, 20, or more years ago. While you may think you’re a pro at it, there’s one specific trick that actually makes folding a bit quicker and more efficient—as in, you’ll be able to build the perfect (Instagram-worthy) stack with little to no effort.
Forget tucking in each sleeve evenly (sounds great in theory, but takes twice as long) or folding your shirt horizontally down the front (the surest way to acquire a wrinkled tee). Once you adopt this trick in your laundry routine, we’d venture to guess this will become the only way you’ll fold your shirts from now on. Below, we’re showcasing the crossover-and-fold method that’ll improve your post-laundry life like that. You’ll understand exactly what we mean as soon as you see our GIF tutorial. Then, study up from our step-by-step guide and shop some of our favorite T-shirts if you need something new to fold. Finally, watch our demonstration on Facebook Live below, too.
Step 1: Facing the tee from the side, grab the far top corner with your right hand and the midsection of the tee with your left hand, creating a vertical line up and down the tee.
Step 2: Holding onto both areas, take your right hand and grab the bottom of the tee.
Step 3: Lightly shake the tee out while still holding on.
Step 4: Keep folding the tee over toward you until it is properly folded with the front on top.
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Available in sizes XS to L.
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What's your go-to way of folding T-shirts? Let us know in the comments below!
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This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.