How to Fold T-Shirts Without Wrinkles: Crease-Free Packing

by Madisyn Taylor on August 26, 2021

Folding a t-shirt without wrinkles is an art. It’s not as easy as it looks, and the fold you choose can have a major impact on how your clothes look when they come out of the suitcase or off the hanger.

In this article, we'll share five different ways to fold t-shirts that will prevent them from developing wrinkles while in transit or storage.

These five methods are easy and fast to apply:

  1. The Basic Fold
  2. The Double-Shoulder Fold
  3. The Army Roll
  4. The KonMari Fold
  5. The Pinch and Fold


How to Fold Men's T-Shirts

Below is how to fold a men's t-shirt or shirt using the five methods we mentioned above:


The Basic Fold

This fold can be used for any kind of shirt, but it's best on t-shirts. The fold will have a side seam and hem pointing up to make the folded edge look like one long sheet with two short edges down in front.

For this fold:

  1. Lay your t-shirt as flat as possible against an open surface that is large enough to handle the whole shirt – the floor or bed are good options.
  2. Fold the sleeves so they're out of the way – this means you should crease them downwards first before folding (don't just roll them).
  3. Begin by taking one corner at a time: fold each side towards where it would go if you could unfold it all fully, and then fold across from the left side to the right so that both fold points meet in the middle.
  4. One of the four folds should be all the way across to make a triangle shape, while the other fold is just halfway over so that two short edges are hanging down.


Why Use This Method?

  • Popular folding method and easy to use
  • Useful for both travel or storage

Why Might You Not Want to Use This Method?

  • Creases may appear where the t-shirt/shirt is folded


The Double-Shoulder Fold

The Double-Shoulder fold method is useful for both travel and storage. It's also a better option if you're packing shirts with more than one color on them, as the fold can help hide that other shirt and keep it from rubbing against the others during transport.


  1. Start by folding in half lengthwise – this should be two halves making up an L shape; fold down to about mid-thigh level, then fold each side again so that they meet at the center point.
  2. There are now four folds going down: two long ones (top/bottom) and two shorter edges (left/right).
  3. Bend your knees slightly to hold all layers together while turning around counter-clockwise back towards yourself - this will create more of a circular fold.
  4. Now fold the bottom fold upwards so it sits just below your waist, and then fold over again to create a tube-like shape that can be laid down or put in a bag.


Why Use This Method?

  • Useful for travel and storage
  • Practical if you are packing t-shirts with different colors

Why Might You Not Want to Use This Method?

  • It may take you some time and effort to get it correctly done


The Army Roll

This method is very popular and useful because it can save you a lot of space.


Here is how to use it:

  1. Lay the shirt flat, facing up, and fold its bottom up to 3-4 inches.
  2. Minimize the wrinkles by smoothing the shirt’s fabric, and then fold it into thirds. Make sure you begin on the left four folds and fold it over the center.
  3. Next, fold the inside edge of the shirt up to meet with the bottom fold, and then fold it in half again.
  4. Lastly, fold each sleeve towards you and tuck them under so that they don't fall out when rolling up your shirt.
  5. Roll from the top down until your whole shirt is rolled into a tight log shape.
  6. Finally, fold the shirt in half lengthwise, and then fold it again into thirds.

If you have a travel-sized t-shirt wrapping up your crease-free shirts, packing is easy! You can fold them just like regular clothes or lay them on top of one another if they are not too bulky.


Why Use This Method?

  • You can fold the shirt up to fit in a suitcase easily
  • It's easy if you're packing for someone else too
  • You can fold your shirt with the sleeves inside
  • If you pack for a week or more, it's easier to fold

Why Might You Not Want to Use This Method?

  • You can't fold them if they are too bulky
  • It's not the best way to fold a t-shirt with sleeves on the outside
  • You have to fold it over and then fold it again into thirds



The KonMari Fold

The KonMari fold is a fold that entertains the following three principles: folding in thirds, leaving one extra inch on top and bottom of each fold to avoid wrinkles, and making sure there are no gaps. The way this fold stacks neatly may be attributed to its ability for showing off patterns.


  1. Lay the shirt flat on a surface, and ensure the front side faces up.
  2. Take one side of the shirt and fold it across the shirt’s center.
  3. Now fold its sleeve backward.
  4. Take the other side of the shirt and fold it across the center to – stop a little before the edge.
  5. Take the other sleeve and fold it backward.
  6. Stopping just a little before the edge, take the top of your shirt and fold it towards its bottom – and stop a little before the edge.
  7. Take the shirt’s folded edge, and fold it over towards the bottom.
  8. Create a small rectangle by folding over your shirt once more.


Why Use This Method?

  • Helps in time-management
  • Can help in physical and mental health
  • It’s a way of exercising gratitude to your belongings
  • Helps you reconnect more with your items


Why You Might Not Want to Use This Method?

  • Folding and storing the shirts may take more time


The Pinch and Fold

The pinch and fold are one of the most seamless t-shirt folding methods you can find.


Here, you only need to follow these four steps:

  1. Start by pinching the middle of your shirt – that is 2-inches from its edge.
  2. While using your other hand, pinch the top of your shirt.
  3. Next, you have to pull the top of your shirt to its bottom and pinch.
  4. Finally, cross the hands, shake, and then fold.


Why Use This Method?

  • Probably the fastest method to fold a t-shirt
  • Easy to do

Why Might You Not Want to Use This Method?

  • May cause occasional wrinkles and creases


Storing Your T-Shirts Upon Arrival

If you're in search of a space-saving solution for your t-shirts, try rolling or folding them and storing the shirts on shelves. Rolling up each shirt will allow more room to fit as many items into that drawer as possible while stacking folded clothing allows clothes to take up less storage space.

Hence, you can employ any of the five methods on how to fold t-shirts for the best results when it comes to storing them upon arrival.


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