She tackled the tricky household chore on an episode of The Martha Stewart Show.

By Zee Krstic
May 20, 2019
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While filming The Martha Stewart Show, our founder shared hundreds of housekeeping how-tos and offered easy advice for completing tasks that many viewers needed guidance on. But few household jobs felt as daunting as folding a fitted sheet, and even Martha' attempts to get this tricky form of bedding in order had her audience laughing. As is the case with live segments, viewers got to see how Martha really felt about the seemingly straightforward job, and also received expert advice on how to carefully store fitted sheets in linen closets.

"Sometimes, don't you find, it's the easiest tasks that give you the most problems," Martha said, chuckling before the segment even started. "We polled the studio audiences to see which tasks they'd like to do better. Believe it or not, at the top of the list was folding a fitted sheet." To that end, Martha asked crafting expert Hosanna Houser to share her approach to compactly and neatly folding fitting sheets. "The trick of the trade is to get all of your corners folded up on themselves," Houser said, demonstrating her technique for the audience. "With a corner on each hand, and the inside out facing out, we take our right hand and flip it over onto the corner."

Despite being the authority on the subject, Martha's guest immediately got tangled, and Martha even had to switch sheets with her and start over again. It becomes very clear that the pair are finding the task difficult, and Martha isn't having any of it. "This is what can drive you insane," she said, which sparked lots of laughter from the audience. "It's horrible. This is why I don't use fitted sheets anymore-I mean, it got to be too much."

Nearly everyone in the room (Martha included) took a moment to laugh it out as the trio held crumpled bed sheets in their arms. Eventually, Houser was able to demonstrate how to align the elasticized edges of the sheet, and folded it into a neatly packed square that will stack perfectly in a linen closet. But it seemed that both Martha and her guest are particularly discouraged from using a bedsheet ever again: "We are twisted, doing this over and over again. We are very twisted. I've already lost patience," Martha said.

If watching Houser doesn't leave you feeling confident about folding your bedding, our guide to folding a fitted sheet features a how-to video that you can watch anytime. If you own more than one set of fine bed linens, you'll be able to launder them and place them directly into a linen closet with ease. And if all else fails? "For all of you that are impaired," Martha pointedly says, "I suggest you wash your sheets, dry them, and put them right back on the bed."

Comments (25)

Anonymous
January 13, 2020
I watched your video on folding sheets. I fold pretty much the same. I also fold top sheet and 1 pillow case and store them in the other pillow case. Makes it neat and you never lose the pillow cases.
Anonymous
January 9, 2020
That was the most convoluted method I have ever seen. Simply take each corner and fold it into the other - move the sheet onto one hand and complete same process in other. Lay the folder rectangle down and fold length wise three times (depending on size of sheet) - then fold long sheet by three or four and voila - sheet folded.
Anonymous
September 23, 2019
This is my absolute favorite clip of Martha! I love her sense of humor when she brings it out. Thank you Martha! XO Laura Stewart
Anonymous
August 9, 2019
After folding the bottom sheet as squarely as I can, add on top extra pillowcases, fold the top sheet longer ways and wrap around the top and cases. Keep one pillowcase out and add the ‘package’ you created inside the case and tuck in the extra like an envelope. They line up perfectly and all is there.
Anonymous
August 5, 2019
Luckily I’ve never found folding fitted sheets difficult, whether they have flat edges or elastic edges. But there are some other simple things I can’t do. Just goes to show that we each have a skill set!
Anonymous
August 4, 2019
I learned to fold a fitted sheet in the 60s, when I was a teen. But fitted sheets are no longer made with a flat edge anywhere. I'd like someone to show me how to fold a fitted sheet that is elastic all-the-way-around. Seriously.
Anonymous
August 4, 2019
video didn't play but my German granny taught me aheb U was eight. Fold one corner ear /under/over the other. Take both corner ear sets and match up. Then fold rest nicely. Done.
Anonymous
August 4, 2019
Love you, Martha!
Anonymous
August 3, 2019
the video screen is blank
Anonymous
August 2, 2019
Martha, Martha, We fans, here in WEYMOUTH,MA, wish that you lived next door 😊
Anonymous
June 9, 2019
looks EASY, THANX!
Anonymous
June 2, 2019
My mother taught me how to do this 45 yrs ago.
Anonymous
June 2, 2019
My mom had this down to a science & when she was done folding, looked exactly like when bought new!! But she laid them on a bed to fold so sheets didn’t touch the floor.
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
This had me laughing so hard my coffee went all over. Thanks for my entertainment for the day!
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
Have you ever tried folding in half and then rolling them as if you were packing them in a suitcase? Saves space.
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
I was always very good at folding a fitted sheet. But fitted sheets are now elastic ALL the way around. This lesson is no longer valid. Bummer. Martha, got any tips for the new breed of sheet??
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
Oh my gosh, did I get a big laugh out of this "teaching experience!" In all sincerity, I am a neatnik and, I love so many things about Martha Stewart, but I draw the line at worrying about whether my fitted sheet is perfectly, folded flat. Lol!
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
Fitted sheets used to only have the corners elasticized. They were so much easier to fold.
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
Thank you for tutorial Martha. I do have trouble folding the fitted sheet. I am going to give it try, hoping to do better than your guest.
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
That’s ridiculous how she folded that sheet. Too confusing and too many steps to get to the end process. I fold my fitted sheet where it looks like her last step and with half the confusion she was giving. And my linen closet is organized.
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
I fold my sheets then put them into one of the pillowcases. Keeps them all together and seems to save space. I like this method best of all
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
No how-to video
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
I was hoping for that video
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
As other person posted, EVERY LINK FAILS (on a Windows desktop computer using Chrome browser).
Anonymous
June 1, 2019
"Watch Martha fold a fitted sheet" is the headline. Where is the video? I am on my phone and see nothing. I am a visual learner. Every link I clicked on in the article doesn't lead to the video. Odd...