Learn how to fold your favorite T-shirt like a pro with this easy step-by-step guide.

Updated February 18, 2020
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A perfectly folded T-shirt not only looks great in your dresser drawers or on your closet shelves, but doing so also helps to avoid pesky wrinkles. No one wants a just-laundered shirt to look like it's already been worn. If hanging your T-shirt feels unnecessary, folding your your go-to tees is an ideal alternative. Here, we're sharing an easy folding technique that will have your clothes looking fresh long after you place them in the drawer or on the shelf.

The secret to an expertly folded T-shirt? It's surprisingly simple: All you need is a clean and clear work space. Begin by laying a T-shirt horizontally and face-up in front of you with the neck on the right-hand side. Using both hands, pinch the shirt on the side opposite you at two points: With one hand at the shoulder, midway between the sleeve and the neck, and the other halfway down the shirt, parallel to your other hand.

While holding the two points, cross your right hand over your left, bringing the shoulder down to meet the shirt's bottom hem, and grab the hem. Lift the shirt so it hangs in front of you. Uncross your arms without letting go of the shirt and pull the fold taut as you do so. Place the hanging sleeve on the work surface, and neatly drape the folded portion over to finish.

A flawlessly folded T-shirt is a dependable way to stay organized both at home and on the go. Practice your newfound folding technique when packing for the gym or even your next vacation and continue to look fresh and wrinkle-free wherever you go.

Comments (43)

Anonymous
December 27, 2019
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Anonymous
October 5, 2019
OMG! I will practice this until I get it down pat. Thanks for the tip.
Anonymous
July 10, 2013
It took me several try's, and seemed impossible. But after watching the video and THEN reading the instructions, it made perfect sense!! This is a brilliant idea, to save space and time, Thanks Martha!
Anonymous
December 23, 2010
This was amazing. My parents and I just watched this video 3 times trying to figure out how you magically did that. Thanks for the cool tip! Nothing like bonding over t-shirt folding before Christmas!
Anonymous
July 26, 2010
I had to watch it twice too. I was so busy watching Marsha that I forgot to watch Martha do it the right way. ;-)
Anonymous
July 15, 2010
I will fold shirts like this for the rest of my life! it's brilliant. I had googled shirt folding and this did NOT come up. I'm already loving my membership to Martha's website!
Anonymous
July 14, 2010
Pretty neat trick, but I prefer the ultra-tidy look of folding in thirds. I don't know much about celebrities, so I can only imagine that the guest was an actress with special needs. Simple activities must seem like monumental tasks to her. Good job for trying! You keep at it!
Anonymous
July 13, 2010
This is very cool. I had to watch the video twice before I got it but it is very easy, even with long sleeves. (Just tuck the loose sleeve in at the end.) I'm glad Martha passed this method on, I don't think she said it was her idea, just a great technique she wanted to share, so thanks, Martha.
Anonymous
July 12, 2010
I'm so glad to see this. Just last month I was trying to remember how to do this. Thanks.
Anonymous
July 11, 2010
This guy shows how to fold a long sleeved t-shirt with the same method. (just skip to the last half of the video). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN6uLeEgLLk
Anonymous
July 10, 2010
You know, it never fails. On every single MS article, someone posts a slam against Martha. If you hate her so much, why even read these articles? Get a life and leave the helpful and interesting tips to the rest of us who enjoy them.
Anonymous
July 10, 2010
Really like this method, esp in the summer when there's a lot of t-shirts to fold. Easy to get a rhythm going! Not tried but simply visualizing it, long sleeves need to be crossed over themselves, secured by the final fold to get the same look/shape. In this case that fold is done sooner, so the hanging sleeve will run across one side when laid back down to fold and be bunched/loose in the back I think?
Anonymous
July 10, 2010
Once again Martha does not reference the source of her idea. This Japanese t-shirt folding method has been around for ages. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20080902a1.html
Anonymous
July 10, 2010
This works!! I tried it when Martha first came back on air and demonstrated the simple procedure! I love it!! Sandra A., Pembroke Pines, Florida 33026
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
This method is quick, but I have two problems with it: it ends up with a fairly wide final product, AND you have to pick it up from the bottom to move it or it just falls apart--it's not as portable as a regular fold.
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
I am new to MS. I always read all the comments posted and notice that MS STAFF never answers any of them. Too bad! The last comment #26 posted -(1-25-2008) - I too would love Martha to help us on long sleeve T's!
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
I tried this whenI first saw it on TV but it isn't as effective on XL t-shirts. I lay my t-shirts front-side down, fold the sleeves in, fold the bottom up about 1/3, fold that up the last 1/3, fold the right side at about the 1/3 mark to the left, fold the left over that. I have a t-shirt folded into a nice neat square. I use it for my sweatshirts and camis, too. I can put them in my drawers vertically.
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
Yes, but how do I fold long-sleeved shirts quickly in this style?
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
The Japanese have been folding shirts like this for a LONG time (probably why it looks like origami, as another person commented). But good that it is passed on - just not as Martha's idea.
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
I began using this technique when I first saw it on the tv show. It is such a great way to fold a shirt.
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
its complicated my style is better just keep the back of the shirt in front of you then fold the left side and do the same on the other side vertically then give two folds
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
Just hang them on hangers
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
I am such a klutz I don't think I could get the hang of this. I fold mine in half lengthwise, tucking the sleeves under, and fold again to half the length, and stack it with the left front side up. Works for me.
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
seems like origami to me !!!! I still working on folding my fitted sheet !!!! LOL !!
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
I use my homemade shirt folder that I made out of cardboard. Not only did I save $30.00 making my own, it's much easier than this AND I recycled a cardboard box headed for the trash!
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
I hang all my shirts on hangers. It's fast and avoids wrinkles and it's easier to find the one you want.
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
Okay, just for the record, this method of t-shirt folding isn't "Martha's idea". I first saw a video of this at least ten years ago where it was demonstrated by an elderly Chinese woman. But I'm glad Martha passed it on again.
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
Glad you send this. When I first got married, my husband looked at me
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
after reading the written inst. I thought "who has time for this?", but after watching the video, I thought "that's a neat trick" My husband will even like this ( he helps fold laundry because he doesn't like the way I do it!)
Anonymous
July 9, 2010
One of the best ideas I've seen. I started using this method about a year ago. T-shirts are more easlily identified in a drawer and much neater as well! jb
Anonymous
August 5, 2009
I learned how to do this about a year ago and it's actually kind of fun. Like a magic trick almost. I show it off to amuse kids and the occasional adult.
Anonymous
August 5, 2009
You can get a visual on this on youtube. Just search on fold t-shirt. My husband folds his like this all the time thanks to the video.
Anonymous
August 5, 2009
funny, some of us forget that there are young homekeepers who may not have learned the right way to fold clothes...yet. So this one can be useful. I gave it to my son in college.
Anonymous
August 5, 2009
Martha has thousands of ideas. And she would be amiss in not included this one. Gosh.
Anonymous
August 5, 2009
Is Martha getting desperate for ideas? How lame is this for a video. I expect more from Martha!!
Anonymous
August 5, 2009
But some of us don't.
Anonymous
August 5, 2009
ok really some of know how to do this already !!
Anonymous
July 13, 2009
i love this!! i'm sitting in front of my computer right now with the directions open, folding all my t shirts! can you use the same technique for sweaters?
Anonymous
January 15, 2009
This is how i fold all my t-shirts now - it's fast and efficient which is handy when you have tons of t-shirts but my problem is that how do you keep the size of the t-shirts consistent especially when you ahve tees of different sizes and cuts. Any suggestions?
Anonymous
October 23, 2008
it's so clever and easier. thank you Martha.
Anonymous
June 4, 2008
This simple solution makes life SO much easier! Thank you, Martha!
Anonymous
May 31, 2008
your technique to hang t-shirt is great.i will use it to fold my t-shirts from this moment..thanks,you are great person..
Anonymous
January 25, 2008
I use this technique on all of my short sleeve t-shirts. How do you incorporate this into folding "long" sleeve t-shirts. I can't seem to figure it out but know that Martha can or already has. Thanks! Barbie Montgomery Tucson, AZ