How to Fold any Long Sleeve Shirt the Right Way
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How to Fold any Long Sleeve Shirt the Right Way

Learn how folding long sleeve shirts can be a walk in the park.

The challenge of learning how to fold a long sleeve shirt can seem complicated. Folding clothes in general can be frustrating because it seems like every dang garment has its own particular way of being folded.

With the right guidance though, folding long sleeve shirts can be easy and practical in room organization. Utilizing KonMari methods from tidying expert Marie Kondo, folding long sleeve shirts, sweaters and dress shirts will be a walk in the park. 


Before the masterclass on how to fold long sleeve shirts, let’s dive into the KonMari method. Marie Kondo is an expert in tidiness. She has taken the world by storm transforming cluttered homes into organizational oases.

Making appearances on shows such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and in publications like Time Magazine, Marie certainly has authority over folding-organization.

According to the KonMari method, focusing on consolidating space and organizing with intention helps create the best way to fold long sleeve shirts. 

Olive long sleeve t-shirt laying out flat on a light blue background

Step 1 is finding a flat surface. This is important in preventing any wrinkles during folding. Also smooth and straighten out the shirt before moving on. 

Olive long sleeve shirt with white text on the sleeves folded in half on a light blue background

Step 2 is folding the long sleeve into perfect halves. The direction in folding a long sleeve shirt doesn’t matter as much as where you divide it. Choose a side to fold from and roll with it.

Olive long sleeve t-shirt folded in half with sleeve folded into the shirt

Step 3 is folding the sleeves into a triangular shape. You start by folding the sleeve towards the shirt while keeping it pressed. It helps to go along with the armpit crease. Then fold the sleeve again in the opposite direction slightly above the elbow. This forms the triangle.

Olive long sleeve shirt folded into a rectangle on a light blue background

Step 4 changes depending on where you want to store your shirts. If you want to store them on your shelves then folding the shirts in half will suffice. This condenses the shirts to stack them efficiently. Know that if you have a large amount of shirts to store that you’ll need decent surface area. More than 3 shirts in a stack can make pulling out any bottom shirts more difficult and cause shirts to exit the stack. 

Now, if you want to store your shirts in drawers then folding them into thirds is best. Because they’re condensed you’ll have more space to work with and can store more shirts. The smaller size does mean that you’ll display less of the shirts so if that doesn’t work stick to halves.


Because sweaters are thicker, folding them is slightly different. That doesn't mean you can’t still store them in a sleek, compact way. The differences in folding are light and can be pretty easy to adapt to.

Grey sweater with pink text on the chest spread out on a light blue background

Step 1 is essentially the same as long sleeve shirts. Lay out the sweater on a flat, smooth surface to allow for optimal folding.

Step 2 is where things start to change. Fold one sleeve over towards the other partway. Essentially the end of the shoulder will line up with the middle of the neck while the sleeve ends up almost perpendicular to the other. It sounds complicated, but in practice it’s relatively simple.

Grey sweater with sleeve folded in and then down towards the hem

Step 3 is very similar to the long sleeve shirt’s step 3. Take the sleeve from last step and fold it outward from above the elbow to form the triangular shape again. The cuff of the sleeve should line up with the bottom of the fold at the hem of the shirt.

Grey sweater with both sleeves folded towards each other then away towards the hem

Step 4 is simply repeating all of the previous steps for the opposite side of the shirt. Once all that’s done you should be left with a long rectangular shaped sweater.

Grey sweater rolled up into thirds against a light blue background

Step 5 is where you bring the bottom of the sweater to the top to fold it in half. Then, fold it in the same direction one more time. This creates a thick bundle that you can store in your drawers.

Dress shirts

Dress shirts can be trickier than the others. They tend to wrinkle easier and have the collar and buttons that can make folding more difficult. But never fear, the KonMarie method is here.

Step 1 involves buttoning up every button so the shirt will hold its form during the folding process. If not, the shirt would spread and slip out of form.

Navy buttoned up shirt spread out facing down against a light blue background

Step 2 is the same as the other two methods with the front of the shirt facing down. So spread it out on a flat surface and make sure that it is buttons faced down. 

Step 3 is folding one sleeve over the back from the shoulder crease. Make sure that this forms a straight line along the outside of the shirt while keeping the sleeve inside of the back area. If the sleeve is too long just fold the cuff inward towards the shirt. 

Navy buttoned up shirt with both sleeves crossed over each other on the back

Step 4 just repeats step 3 for the other arm. Aim to cross the two sleeves evenly while still keeping that line along the side of the shirt.

Navy dress shirt folded into thirds facing down

Step 5 involves folding the shirt into thirds. Start the folding from the bottom of the shirt and fold up twice. This creates a compact shape that fits anywhere be it luggage, drawer or shelf.

Navy buttoned up shirt folded into thirds agains a light blue background

Step 6 Flip over the shirt and fix the collar in case it was flattened or messed up during the process. Smooth out any wrinkles created and it’s ready to store! 

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We hope that this guide was helpful to you and your personal folding journey. If you have any inquiries about ordering new shirts to practice your newfound folding skills on, connect with our team and check out our custom t-shirt buyer’s guide!

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