How to Fold Long-Sleeved Shirts and Sweatshirts

There are several ways to fold long-sleeved shirts and sweatshirts.  In my experience, folding them in this manner leaves them as wrinkle-free as possible while in the drawer.

Remember that the goal of folding is 1) to use as few folds as possible to prevent wrinkles and 2) fold like items as uniformly as possible so they don’t slide around in the drawer and stack easily.


Start with the shirt lying face down on your folding surface.  You should be looking at the back of the shirt.  Smooth out the shirt’s surface with your hands to remove as many wrinkles as possible.

Sweatshirt Face Down




Fold the left side of the shirt towards the middle, stopping right before you get to the collar.

Sweatshirt Fold Left Arm




Now fold the sleeve back on itself and smooth the shirt flat with your hands.

Sweatshirt Left Arm Folded Down




Create the same fold on the right side of the shirt, bringing in the right side towards the middle.

Sweatshirt Fold Right Arm




Fold the right sleeve back on itself and smooth the shirt flat again.

Sweatshirt Folded Arms Down




Using your hand as a guide, fold the shirt in half one time.  Straighten and smooth as needed for a finished look.

Sweatshirt Fold Over Folded Sweatshirt


Hint: If you store long-sleeved shirts and sweatshirts together, always put the sweatshirts on the bottom of the stack.  The sweatshirts are heavier than t-shirts.  If the t-shirts go on the bottom of the pile, they will wrinkle easier from the weight of the sweatshirt sitting on top.


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  1. Lauren, I love your blog! (and this post, especially)
    So many of your posts make me chuckle from relief that there’s another person like me out there! So keep it up. 🙂

  2. Is that your mom’s hand? Random, but I feel like it is!

  3. I some how possess the skill to do this while holding the shirt up in the air (and then onto my lap/table). I may have gotten it watching people at the Gap. My husband is a terrible folder (it takes him minutes to fold one shirt) so folding laundry has always been my job (even when he did the washing).
    I fold my toddlers shirts with the sleeves strait back across the back, then in half over that so so that the whole top half of the shirt shows. The little shirts seem to stack better than way.

  4. I’m the folder in our family, and I usually do it while standing and holding them up in front of me. I prefer to lay them down like you did, but I have no folding area in my laundry room and it’s just easier to do straight out of the dryer. Somehow, my family can’t seem to learn to fold this way, so I’m going to have start an intensive learn-to-fold program in our home. 🙂

    • mamalaundry says:

      Ha! I love that: ‘intensive learn-to-fold’ program. Oh the joys of homeschooling! 🙂

      Thanks for visiting Mama’s –


  5. I love the washing part and so very much do not enjoy the folding part!! But, at least now I will know how to do it properly!

  6. Maybe I can get a job at The Gap after learning this trick! 🙂

    I just love your site and your tips. You’ve made me a better housewife. My husband loves you. LOL

  7. Here from Feels Like Home-
    Oh man do I need your help! I just read and reread this post and studied the photos and realized, yep- I’ve been doing it wrong.

    • mamalaundry says:

      Oh don’t worry – there’s no wrong way! Well, unless you’re rolling it up in a wrinkly ball or something. 😉

      Thank you for visiting!


  8. This is very similar to how I fold long-sleeves except for the final step I fold it in thirds (with the image on the shirt centered in the square when complete) instead of in half. That way I can neatly fit two rows of folded shirts in my children’s dressers. Makes it seem roomier in there. 🙂

  9. Thanks so much for all your tips! How would you suggest folding a long-sleeved or sweatshirt that has a hood? I can never quite figure out what to do with the hood; it makes it all lumpy.

  10. This is the same method that I use to fold all of my adult shirts, t-shirts included. (I use your #2 method for folding my son’s shirts.) I’m just wondering if there is any reason for not folding all shirts this way?

    • mamalaundry says:

      Nina, the only reason I don’t fold all of our shirts this way is because it’s more time consuming. I can just do the other way faster. 🙂

  11. This website really does help a lot and I will use it next time when I have trouble again. Thanks a lot for the help that I really needed ‼️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  12. Sherri Anne says:

    I love this post it actually works I have been searching the Internet how to fold my long sleeved shirts and here you have got it

  13. Sherri Anne says:

    You should do the japenese way to fold you short sleeve shirts

  14. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about t shirts for 1.

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