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How To Fold A Shirt

How To Fold A Shirt

Learn how to fold a shirt just like a tailor. Follow the instructions of our expert Clive Gilkes of London tailors Richard Anderson Ltd and watch this VideoJug video on how to fold a shirt.

Step 1: Fold after ironing

For best results, begin folding immediately after ironing.

Step 2: Button

Lay the shirt on a flat surface.
Fasten every button on the shirt. Turn it over with the buttons facing down and smooth it out until it's perfectly flat.

Step 3: Fold one side

Fold one side of the shirt over towards the middle so there is a vertical fold that runs from the middle of the shoulder. Bring the sleeve over too.

Step 4: Fold the sleeve

Fold the sleeve back from the shoulder, then fold it the other way from about a third of the way down, and fold the cuff back again to create a concertina effect.

Step 5: Fold the other side

Now fold the other side of the shirt over to the middle and the sleeve back down over the folded part. The sleeve should be vertical with the cuff parallel to the bottom of the shirt.

Step 6: Fold the bottom up

Next, fold the bottom of the shirt over, together with the cuff towards the centre of the shirt so it reaches halfway up.
Then fold this bottom half over again so it reaches the collar.


To reduce creasing, lay a sheet of tissue paper over the shirt before folding and fold as normal. This will cushion the folds to prevent the fabric from creasing.