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Fold a Fitted Sheet

Martha Stewart Living, October 1997

This technique yields a fitted sheet that will lie flat in the linen closet. (Instructions are for a right-handed person; reverse them if you're left-handed.)

With the sheet inside out, place one hand in each of two adjacent corners.

Bring your right hand to your left, and fold the corner on your right hand over the one in your left, so the corner on top is right side out. Next, reach down and pick up the corner that is adjacent to the one that was in your right hand (it will be hanging in front), and fold it over the other two corners; this third corner will be inside out.

Bring the last corner up, and fold it over the others so it is right-side out.

Lay the sheet on a flat surface, and shape as shown. Fold two edges in, so all the elastic is hidden.

Fold the strip of fabric into a rectangle. Continue folding until the rectangle is the size you want.

 

Comments (94)

  • 10 Oct, 2013

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  • 10 Oct, 2013

    Thats nice uszczycy powinniśmy jeść zielone warzywa, które mają dużo kwasu foliowego tj. szpinak, brokuły czy sałatę. Spośród ciał faworyzowane są takie, które po dieta na mase uwarzeniu banalnie odchodzą od kości, czy mają nietycio treningi masę związków siarkowych, są to np. ryby natomiast kruszże (kurczak, in dieta na mase dor). Z kolei ciało czerwone ze względu na and moore kulturystów i fajne sprawy dobre hity na dieta-na-mase.in fajna sprawa .

  • 10 Oct, 2013

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  • 10 Oct, 2013

    Ciało czerwone ze względu na obfita ilość wiązań siarkowych nasuwa od organizmu trawiennego większego wysiłku oraz podczas jego przetrawiania przetwarzamy kwas siarkowy. Nie powi adwokat warszawa nniśmy także jeść warzyw zawierających związki siarkowe tj. fasoli czy groszka. Dr Tirant podtrzymywał przed pożywieniem wyników, jakie wywołują prace adwokaci z warszawy staminy, wynikiem czego istnieje kontruj histaminowa i adwokat warszawa swędzenie cerze.

  • 10 Oct, 2013

    Dr Michaela Tiranta, żeby szkolić produkcje erp podwyższyć prawdopodobieństwo uniknięcia łuszczycy powinniśmy jeść zielone warzywa, które mają dużo kwasu foliowego tj. szpinak, brokuły czy sałatę wdrożenia erp . Spośród ciał faworyzowane są takie, które po uwarzeniu banalnie wdrożenia erp skillmaster odchodzą od kości, czy mają nietycio związków siarkowych, są to np. ryby natomiast kruszże (kurczak, indor). Z kolei

  • 31 Jul, 2012

    Even in Belgium we do it like this. Works great. My boyfriend even got the hang of it after a while.

  • 15 Jul, 2012

    I have been using this method for 40 or so years. I saw Martha Stewart demonstrate this when I think she was with , I believe it was, K-mart.

  • 15 Jul, 2012

    I have been using this method for 40 or so years. I saw Martha Stewart demonstrate this when I think she was with , I believe it was, K-mart.

  • 25 May, 2012

    This taught to me by my mother over 40 years ago too. No matter how much I show my husband how to do it he never gets the concept. Needless to say when he does the laundry the sheets are left for me to fold.

  • 20 May, 2012

    He been doing this for over 40 years thanks to my Mom showing me..But trying to explain to friends over the phone..another story..I shall pass this on to my friends that need to see how to do it..Thanks again.Nanc and Ross.

  • 17 Feb, 2012

    Never have understand why people had such a problem with folding fitted sheets. I've been doing this for years and actually thought more people knew about it !!!

  • 9 Feb, 2012

    Want to thank you for all your emails on tips. Loving this one sheets are such a bulk in my linen closet. It's just one more thing no one will notice that I've done. But, I'll know, more room in closet can buy more sheets LOL xoxoxo

  • 22 Oct, 2011

    WOW- I've been folding fitted sheets like this since they first started making them - 50+ years. My dad had a store - sheets, towels, all linens, etc - on the lower east side of NY,/ was taught how do fold the fitted sheet at that time. I have taught my children/grandchildren how to do it.

    No need to iron. Once you have all four corners together shake sheet, lie on flat surface and fold in thirds then fold as described...

  • 22 Oct, 2011

    Thanks! My mother never taught me!

  • 21 Oct, 2011

    Yes, my mother also taught me this about 50 years ago!

  • 21 Oct, 2011

    I keep trying to do this but the sheet still comes out bulky. I really hate to ask, but do I have to iron the sheet first? :(

  • 21 Oct, 2011

    OMG. I've been doing it this way for over 50 years because my mother folded the sheets this way

  • 21 Oct, 2011

    I have been doing it that way for years. It does work. My aunt taught me that way to fold contours when I was still in school.

  • 23 May, 2010

    It can still work with elastic all around the sheet - I do it. It is a bit more awkward, and doesn't lie quite as flat, but it will still fold fairly nicely. I use two hands with two corners each, then bring hands together and slip one set of two over the other hand. The proceed as above. With elastic all around, it just needs more folded to the inside once the corners are cupped inside each other.

  • 16 Apr, 2010

    My great grandma showed me. Holding sheet right-side out, place your middle fingers at points where seams are sewn together. With arms apart bring your middle fingers together under the fabric. Cup one hand over the other and slide over towards your wrist; while resting over back of 1 hand, take free hand; slide hand down the length of sheet, place middle finger in point now folded in 1/2; repeat. Lay the sheet on flat surface and proceed with the instructions above. You can do it!

  • 19 Mar, 2010

    This USED to work when fitted sheets were made with elastic on the ends. Now they are made with elastic on the sides (or sometimes all the way around) and I find it almost impossible to fold this way. Any suggestions?

  • 14 Jan, 2010

    ...... uhm, i'm lost somewhere between the first two lines of the third paragraph. i think i need a video demonstration. :x

  • 16 May, 2009

    Folding sheets have been the bain of my existence until I saw this tip by Martha years ago. Made my life easier and my closets neater! Thanks Martha!!!

  • 11 May, 2009

    LOVE, absolutely love this.

  • 11 May, 2009

    I have ALWAYS been so curious how they do that! YAY!! Can't wait to practice this.

  • 11 May, 2009

    I cannot get this to work...I end up with a twisted mess. What am I doing wrong?

  • 10 May, 2009

    I'm 48 and my mom taught me how to do this YEARS ago! It still works today :)

  • 10 May, 2009

    Yeah, whatever Rorie! LOL!

  • 9 May, 2009

    You are suppose to change your bedding a MINIMUM of once a week. It becomes unsanitary after so long due to sweat

  • 9 May, 2009

    I end up wadding them up. LOL I just wash them and put them back on my bed.

  • 9 May, 2009

    Yes -- One set for each bed. It's all you need. You only put one set of sheets on the bed at at time. A queen set can set you back $50 -- that's a lot of margaritas.

  • 9 May, 2009

    Tess, you have only one set?

  • 9 May, 2009

    Why waste time folding sheets -- wash them and put them back on your bed. That's what I've done for over 20 years -- it works great!

  • 9 May, 2009

    My grandmother taught me how to do this when I was a child. I works well!

  • 9 May, 2009

    You mean you aren't supposed to crumble them in a ball and through them in the closet? =P

  • 9 May, 2009

    I take this a step farther and put the fitted sheet, flat sheet and extra pillow case inside a pillow case so when I grab from my linen closet, I get the complete set together without having to dig.

  • 9 May, 2009

    This is exactly how my mother taught me to do it some 40 years ago :) !! It works.

  • 9 May, 2009

    Can you put that in your linen closet?!

  • 9 Jan, 2009

    I was able to do this successfully on the first try and it took less than a minute to complete. The key might be to not think about it too much. Just go corner to corner to corner. I got a perfect rectangle like the one shown when done!

  • 31 Dec, 2008

    It did not work at all. Maybe it will be easier with a slow step by stepvideo demostration
    crazy at home

  • 9 Nov, 2008

    With those fitted sheets that have elastic all the way around, you need a little patience to do it right.

  • 23 Oct, 2008

    tO MAKE IT EASIER, IRON THEM. YES, IKNOW YOU WILL SAY I'M CRAZY, BUT IT WORTH OF IT. THEY LOOK REALLY NICE, AS IN THOSE PHOTOS

  • 8 Oct, 2008

    My mother taught me this in the 1950s. It is confusing at first, but at least by the end of the folding process it feels like you have won at least some control over the unruly mess.

  • 3 Oct, 2008

    I know the technique but it still confounds me with jersey knit sheets, and also with the new sheets for the giant mattresses. The lovely one in the picture looks like the corner dart is only about 3 inches, not so with mine.

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    I learned this technique years ago working at a B

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    It doesn't look perfect because it was wrinkled from being folded wrong but what an improvement. Can hardly wait to try it out of the dryer. Have never been able to fold a nice fitted sheet. Mine are elastic all the way around too. And to be sure my folded sheet does NOT look as neat and flat at the one in the picture but I think practice will make all the difference. Is it possible the fight is over? Happy Autumn to All.

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    It doesn't look perfect because it was wrinkled from being folded wrong but what an improvement. Can hardly wait to try it out of the dryer. Have never been able to fold a nice fitted sheet. Mine are elastic all the way around too. And to be sure my folded sheet does NOT look as neat and flat at the one in the picture but I think practice will make all the difference. Is it possible the fight is over? Happy Autumn to All.

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    This simply will not work for sheets with the elastic all the way around which frankly is almost all that is available today. Any help will be welcome.

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    This simply will not work for sheets with the elastic all the way around which frankly is almost all that is available today. Any help will be welcome.

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    I hate fitted sheets. It's easier to just buy 2 flat sheets instead. Problem solved!

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    That's exactly how I do it, but now there are those sheets that have elastic all the way around! Nearly impossible to fold those neatly! The elastic just bunches everything up! Any tips for those?

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    great and this coupled with the trick of putting the set in one of the pillow cases makes for a much neater linen closet!!

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    wow! I've been doing this all the time but have never been so neat! this is great!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Whew, I'm sure glad that I don't have to learn another way. It feels great to know I'm doing something Martha Stewart says is correct! *grin*

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I learned this way of folding fitted sheets many years ago when I worked at a Laundry mat. It was a very old gent that showed me and I never forgot.
    Thank you where ever you are! It is hard to teach.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    oh-my-goodness whoever posted this must have been a fly on my wall last night! I had a rant to hubby about how annoying fitted sheets are to fold and how they never turn out right! Thanks Martha

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    You can do this exactly as suggested no matter if you are a right-y or a left-y. I am "both-handed" and there is no right or left way. It's how ever you can best do it =] I think they mean "if you perfer this way or that way". Tomatoe-tomato =]

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This method works wonders, and it's nice to take one of the pillowcases and add all the sheets into it, so they all stay together. I add a Downy dryer sheet to the middle so they stay smelling fresh when you put them on the bed.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I manage a laundry and fold 50 or more sheets a day and this works no matter what the size or what the sheets are made of. Just use a table after you have the four corners over one finger and spread out ht e sheets smooth and then fold to size wanted. we put the pillowcases in the middle between the folded flat and folded fitted sheets, so the set is easy to stay together and not get separated.
    Joy

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    What can't that Asian woman who does T-shirts figure a great way to do King Size Fitted Sheets? I see that video of the T-Shirt fold all the time (and it works!), so why not learn to do it for sheets

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I have been using this method for years, but with modern mattresses requiring deep pocket sheets with elastic all around, I found that the fold was not nearly as easy or as neat. Oh, well, nobody's doing an inspection of my linen closet and I have worse messes to deal with than my sheets not lying flat in perfect array! LOL!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    i have king sheets, mostly jersey, and i find this pretty near impossible. any ideas?

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I cannot do this to save my life. I have practiced over and over again and just can't get it right!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    My sheets also have elastic all the way around, and this method DOES work well for those as well. My ex-mother in-law taught me hold to fold fitted sheets years ago and I've gotten much better. But the key is in the next to last step. If you fold so that the elastic is hidden, you actually have a squared off corners and straight edges to work with, just like a flat sheet. Hope that helps!!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I agree with the first comment from Bevandlee above. My sheets have the elastic the full way around and these instructions don't help much for that kind.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This works fine except when you have elastic all the way around the sheet. Even when you fold this way ...it's a bulky mess...any ideas ???

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    My Mom actually taught me how to fold a fitted sheet back in the early '60's. You might say she was the Martha Stewart of that era. She did it exactly as these instructions show.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Thank you,thank you. What a relief to finally get it right. My linen closet looks much nicer. Marlene Abshire

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    :') oops.. my computer went on the fritz... sorry about all the comments : / I don't know if/how to delete all but one (or any) of them :(

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This' great! I've always hated that the flat sheet and pillow cases too so nice and neat.. but the fitted sheet always looked bad no matter what I did! Thank you so much for sharing this! And I love Null's idea about the pillow case! Thanks everyone!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This' great! I've always hated that the flat sheet and pillow cases too so nice and neat.. but the fitted sheet always looked bad no matter what I did! Thank you so much for sharing this! And I love Null's idea about the pillow case! I don't have much room and I love having these things in sets ready to go!! Thanks everyone!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This' great! I've always hated that the flat sheet and pillow cases too so nice and neat.. but the fitted sheet always looked bad no matter what I did! Thank you so much for sharing this! And I love Null's idea about the pillow case! I don't have much room and I love having these things in sets ready to go!! Thanks everyone!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This' great! I've always hated that the flat sheet and pillow cases too so nice and neat.. but the fitted sheet always looked bad no matter what I did! Thank you so much for sharing this! And I love Null's idea about the pillow case! I don't have much room and I love having these things in sets ready to go!! Thanks everyone!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This' great! I've always hated that the flat sheet and pillow cases too so nice and neat.. but the fitted sheet always looked bad no matter what I did! Thank you so much for sharing this! And I love Null's idea about the pillow case! I don't have much room and I love having these things in sets ready to go!! Thanks everyone!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This' great! I've always hated that the flat sheet and pillow cases too so nice and neat.. but the fitted sheet always looked bad no matter what I did! Thank you so much for sharing this! And I love Null's idea about the pillow case! Thanks everyone!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I've always done it this way, but I appreciate Null's comment about adding the pillow case and flat sheet into it and making it one unit. Great!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I've always known how to do this with two people but it's great to know the one-person way. Now the only excuse I have for interrupting the match is if I have made him a snack :)

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Thanks! I've always wondered how to do this! I gotta go fold laundry and give it a try!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    i wish i had time to worry about how my sheets are folded... LOL

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    After I fold my sheets, I place them inside one of the pillow cases and it give you so much more space in your linen closet.

    Sheraebar

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I have been doing this for years with great success. It's folding the T-shirt the "martha way" that continues to stump me! :)

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I have been doing this ever since I first saw Martha demonstrate (think it might have been on Oprah). It is perfect. I have a tip for keeping sets of bedlinen together that looks pretty as well as being practical. After folding, stack everything that you need for one bed change together and then tie with ribbon. I do this in my airing cupboard (linen closet) and not only does it look nice and keep everything neat, but it makes changing the sheets each week so quick! :O)

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I have been doing this for years with great success. It's folding the T-shirt the "martha way" that continues to stump me! :)

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I remember seeing this YEARS ago when she first demonstrated it on her morning show. My mother and I practiced right away and found it to be a lifesaver in laundry! It's been over 10 years and I'm still using the technique, even with the tiny crib sheets! Thank you for this simple yet valuable tip!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I'm sure Martha has an even easier way to put on a duvet cover (from KittyLou's question) but I will tell you what i do that works. Grab two ends of the comforter going inside the duvet and insert one at a time to meet with the two corners of the inside of the duvet cover, take your hand out and pinch the outside corner of the duvet (with the corner of the comforter inside), then stand up on the bed (lol) and it will all flow down, voila!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I started on a twin sheet first. I am a masseuse and want my linen cupboards to look organized and clean. But this is going to take some practice. For some reason at step 3 to 4 I get turned around. =) Finished product looks lovely

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Would also love some tips on folding a fitted valance sheet...

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Would also love some tips on folding a fitted valance sheet...

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I have ALWAYS wanted to know how to do this!! Thanks for publishing.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Would love some tips on an easy way to put a duvet cover on a duvet.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    My mother taught me to do this back in the 60's. Was one of many valuable lessons I learned from my mother. Works everytime.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    a video of this would be helpful I think

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    tsfestel - that is BRILLIANT! love that idea.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    One thing that I do to keep my sheets organized is fold them and put the whole set inside one of the pillow cases. That way, when I grab them from the shelf, I just have to grab one unit. Works like a charm!