How to Fold a T-Shirt
The Popularity of T Shirts
T Shirt sales accounted for over two-hundred sixty two ($262) million dollars in revenue in 2014, with sales on the rise due primarily because of the ease of purchasing these items online.1 In fact, Teespring, one of the top T-shirt sellers in the U.S., printed more than seven million shirts last year.2
It seems as if everyone has at least a few of these fashion items tucked away in a drawer. This makes things easy when it comes to gift giving and holiday shopping. There are a number of on line sites which sell a variety of both men's and women's T Shirts in cotton and polyester blends. An incredible variety of custom shirts are available with sports related images, photos, holidays scenes, pets, politically oriented, favorite slogans and more. Whatever you can imagine can usually be printed on a t-shirt.
T-Shirt - Thomas Rhett
Various Laundry Methods
I was visiting a relative who has four young boys and a matching laundry load. Her method of laundering clothes and folding them was unusual. She would take the lot of them, fresh out of the dryer, and make a huge pile of clothes that would remain beside their bed until needed. Whenever the boys wanted a fresh shirt, they would simply pluck one from the pile to wear.
It seems easier to me to form them into a compact shape that takes up less space and requires less ironing.
The Laundry Room
People Collect T-Shirts
My husband has an extensive collection of t-shirts, some of which may have arrived on the Mayflower with the Pilgrims. He has shirts with designs that range from drag racing Motorsports events and Chevrolet engines to company slogans and astrological Signs. He has hung onto shirts which are undoubtedly older than some who may be reading about this or perhaps just looking at the photos. Either way, the trouble comes in getting him to give up those shirts which are permanently stained with automotive paint, motor oil and grease from his activities in the man cave.
Lucky me, I'm the one who gets to launder these items of questionable value, that is, when he finally brings his overflowing hamper down to the laundry room. Or, as a last resort, I give in and bring the laundry downstairs myself.
These Were Once Called Undershirts
Many of us have been folding clothes for an eternity or at least since dirt was invented. For those who are beginners at this much undervalued occupation, let's begin. The first step is to hop up when you hear the buzzer on the dryer indicating that the load is finished.
Don't have a buzzer? Perhaps you've accidentally turned it off or turned the volume so low that it can't be heard over the barking dog and the screaming children. Begin by turning up the volume. On the buzzer, of course.
The Folding Table
Fold the laundry while it is still warm. I know, that's sometimes not possible due to other more important things like working, cooking, mopping or sleeping. Life just gets in the way sometimes. But if you follow this one tip, you'll spend a lot less time under scrutiny at the office when you look like you slept in your clothes.
How to Begin Folding Clothes
Firmly grab the T Shirt by either seam at the top which intersects the sleeve. Hold on tight and give the warm shirt a good hard shake. Now reassure the dog that you're not out to get them with the shirt and lay it on the washing machine front side down neatly. Perhaps I should mention to make sure the lid of the washer is closed. Continue placing warm T Shirts face down in a pile. Hit the dryer button again to keep the other laundry going. Sometimes I just yank a shirt out and begin folding before the buzzer sounds. I know, I'm an overachiever.
1. Using the washing machine as a folding table, place the shirt face down. Begin by folding the long edge of the shirt toward the middle approximately three inches from the neck band.
Then, fold the sleeve back toward the outer edge to allow for the second fold.
Fold the opposite side of the T-shirt towards the middle to match the first side making sure the folds are equally spaced from the neck.
Fold the bottom portion of the shirt up toward the middle about a third of the way up toward the neck like a burrito. Mmm. Burrito.
Fold the lower third of the shirt up toward the neck matching the edges to form a compact bundle.
Aligning the Finished Product
Flip the bundle over, right side upward and stack evenly with other shirts on the surface of the dryer.
Step 6 - Repeat Steps 1-5
6. Repeat steps 1 through 5, placing the second folded shirt on top of the first shirt, making sure to line all edges up evenly.
Remember the burrito? Continue...
Wash, Rinse, Repeat
The Seven Step Program of Folding T Shirts
- Start by folding the long side of the shirt toward the middle approximately three inches from the neck band. Then fold the sleeve back out of the way.
- Fold the opposite side of the shirt toward the middle back to match the first side.
- Fold the bottom third of the shirt up toward the top, like a burrito. Mmm. Burrito.
- Fold that portion toward the neck of the shirt to make a small bundle.
- Place the folded shirt on the dryer, right side up to start a pile.
- Repeat steps 1 through 5, placing the second folded shirt on top of the first shirt, being careful to line the edges up evenly.
- Continue folding until you reach old age.
Put Another Log On The Fire - Tompall Glaser
How many loads of clothes does your family run per week?
Honey, Where is My Super Shirt?
A Word To The Wise
A word of caution to new homemakers, remember, if you throw away your husband's (or wife's) torn and worn T Shirts, do so while he or she is not home. Promptly bundle up the garbage and take it out to the curb before they get home. It's best to do this on trash collection day.
It has been my experience over the years that ragged, stained and worn out T Shirts find their way back into the wash when this advice is not heeded.
"Honey, where is my super shirt?"
© 2013 Peg Cole