3.05.2010

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Eureka!




































How to:

1. With the sheet inside out, place one hand in each of two adjacent corners.

2. Bring your right hand to your left, and fold the corner in your right hand over the one in your left, so the corner on top is right side out. Next, reach down and pick up the corner that is adjacent to the one that was in your right hand (it will be hanging in front), and fold it over the other two; this third corner will be inside out.

3. Bring the last corner up, and fold it over the others so it is right side out.

4. Lay the sheet flat, and straighten it into the shape shown above.

5. Fold the two edges in, folding the edge with elastic in first, so all elastic is hidden.

6. Fold the strip into a smaller rectangle.

7. Continue folding until rectangle is the size you want.

note: directions made for a right-handed person; if you are a "leftie" then use the hand opposite the one suggested above

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image via Martha Stewart


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40 comments:

Stephanie Piscitelli said...

Thank you! I am always so displeased with how mine turn out ;-)

buttercup said...

I learned how to fold them properly when I was a missionary in France and I unwittingly agreed to help a sweet old lady with her laundry and ironing because I was unfamiliar with the French words for that. I thought we were vacuuming. But no, she had us folding and IRONING her sheets!

Jeanette said...

I have tried to do this so many times. Thanks for the reminder - I'll pass it on to my husband who is much better at this than I. I laughed when I read the comment from "buttercup" - too funny.

janimal said...

Oh my how I needed this post. You would think at my age I would have learned this at some point but my fitted sheets end up a rolled up pile in the closet.

lynne said...

this is great! mine always end up looking like I kind of just balled them up. Even though I didn't.

KJ said...

martha's tutorial on this several years ago changed my life.

D A N I said...

believe it or not, i have quite a few fitted sheets that i just pulled out the dryer and i was dreading it because i'm so bad at folding them! perfect timing!! thank you for posting this! lol.

Sarah said...

Steph- thanks for this reminder. I think I'll have to relearn this once a year forever. I can never remember.
Buttercup- I remember ironing sheets with my grandmother. Such a lost art.

The Romneys said...

My mom taught me this method, but mine never turn out quite that perfect. They are usually still a little bit lumpy, but I think that is because I am not meticulous enough in the folding. It is much better than wading them up in a ball and putting them in a drawer, like I used to do.

Kelly said...

My mother came to stay for our first born. She said she knew she was at my house when she found the fitted sheets folded this way. (I'm a perfectionist in unusual ways).

I too learned it from Martha a while back. Such a great tip!

Millie@PassionDecor said...

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! have nothing else to say but thank you,I hated the way my folded sheets look :)

Melis said...

I literally ended up in a sobbing mess on the floor the last time I tried to do this at my mother-in-law's instruction... "Why, honey, it's easy - just put all the corners together!" BWAH! This is a PERFECT way to illustrate and explain it - I'm going to practice until I can knock her socks off and finally attain that "Domestic Goddess" title I've been so desperately seeking. THANK. YOU.

Domesticated-Bliss said...

Wow! This is amazing! I've struggled with this and it annoys me to no end to have the bunched up sheets in my linen closet :)

Blair said...

Don't forget -- after folding, you can put the sheets inside of one of the pillow cases for easy storage!

Christine Bongiovanni said...

WOW! I just folded my fitted sheet per these instructions...how can something like folding a fitted sheet totally blow my mind?! 48 years old and I've finally got it down!

Darcy said...

My mother has been trying to teach me how to do this since I was a kid but I always seem to mess up around step three or four regardless of how much I try!

Anna A. said...

Just tried this method, the instructions were a little confusing at first, but I think I did it correctly. Mine didn't turn out quite as neat as the picture, but maybe I'll get it with practice. Thanks for posting!

Lydia said...

That's pretty much how my mom taught me to fold them. Funny...she know the "proper" method all along! :)

Chrissy.Barile said...

Thank you for this How to!! I'm sure it will help TONS of people!!
I'm featuring this on my blog next week!

www.formamas.blogspot.com

Chrissy @ ForMamas

Ms. Heinemann said...

eh...kinda? still ended up in a ball-like state...steps 2-3 are a little confusing

deena said...

My friends & I always said "there's no way to fold a fitted sheet" & then I found this post.... thanks!

Mrs. RoRo said...

Looks great until I get to step 4! :(

Anonymous said...

You have no idea how this post has changed my life. I have always dreaded "folding" fitted sheets until they turned into a crumpled ball, despite my best efforts. I would always imagine how a stand-up comedian could use fitted-sheet folding as a topic. It was literally like watching a miracle happen before my eyes as I folded this perfect rectangle from a fitted sheet! Who knew learning this would be so exciting! Thank you So much for posting the instructions and picture.

Mrs. RoRo, make sure to keep your hand in the "pocket" that's formed with the corners as you lay it down and straighten it out. The elastic part will probably be on the top left corner instead of the right since you're holding it in your left hand.

murriteacher said...

My wife is now happy that I have learned a new skill. Although she has pointed out that if I ironed them 1st they would be even easier to fold. I will just go and cook dinner now and think about that comment!

Anonymous said...

http://www.bforbel.com/2011/12/tips-tricks-how-to-fold-bedsheets.html

So happy to find your blog, unfortunately I found it with your photos and instructions being used on another blog.

D. McDougall said...

Thank you! I knew there had to be an easy way to fold these darn things. I am sure my Grandmother had a trick like this, but she died before I was old enough to care about such things.

Anonymous said...

Still confused. I'm a dope so-- not looking as spot on as the demo sheet but not a wadded mess as when I "fold" them. Oh well - keep trying

Denver Homes said...

This is a nice tutorial...I won't lie, I'm in my mid 20's and I never learned how to fold fitted sheets, and it's been a problem, I usually just fudge it and fold them like I would fold flat sheets, but leave the corners all messed up and wrinkly. I can't wait to actually organize my linen closet! Thanks for the tutorial...never again will I wrinkle a fitted sheet!

Anonymous said...

Though I cannot recall when I learned this it was nice to see it documented (I will show my spouse!)
Not that it matters but just learning how to "organize" I also like to put my sheet and pillowcases together and then fold them all in one of the pillow cases to keep it all together.
Just an idea thrown out there...

Stephanie said...

Yes anon! I do that too. Makes such a difference.

Kimberly Hogan said...

My Mom can fold these fitted sheets as if they came out of the original pckg everytime. She has showed me over and over and mine still end up looking like a ball in the closet. Thanks to your picture tutorial I might now be able to fold those pesky sheets. I have copied off your step by step how to tutorial and have laminated it. I have to wash my sheets tomorrow(or is it today). I will let you know how it works out. Thank you for sharing. This is one of my biggest pet peeves, sloppy balled up sheets in the closet on the shelf. You may have saved my sheet sanity,

God Bless You,
Kim Hogan

Anonymous said...

Hi finally I know how to fold my sheets the rite way!!!!!!Always in a ball in closet Thank u!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I solved this problem a long time ago .. I own one set of sheets. They come off to be washed and go right back on! No worries about folding them (and I hang mine on a clothesline - either outdoors or in the basement in the winter).

mandra418 said...

just tried with a twin sheet and im not getting it. its inside out, i pull the right over and flip it over the left and what i have left is a half inside out half right side out hanging mess, so I have to flip the next corner so that I can flip it wrong side out. im just not getting it. when you start are you starting with corner to corner long side or short side??

tam ron said...

I have always struggled with folding fitted sheets.

I get so frustrate I just ball the sheet up and cram it in behind the nicely folder sheets,blankets and towels.

Ilene Haddad said...

Or you could do this: http://www.casaweenie.com/a-lesson-learned/#comment-42

Gayer_Than_Thou said...

I don't get it. I can't really understand what happens with the corners. I am doomed to a life of balled-up sheets.

Patricia said...

It simply cannot be done. I am so ashamed. I can't fold a fitted sheet to save my life. A few years ago I was at the laundry and a woman actually did it with me TWICE and still couldn't do it. And as a kid my mom tried to teach me for years. 45 years old and I just give up. I think I'm going to hire someone just to fold my sheets after I iron them (see that I still do - iron sheets). Hmm, might just look into that.

The Chill Mom | Michelle said...

Thanks for this post. I have given up trying to fold a fitted sheet prior to this and would just stuff them into the cupboard. This is simply too good to keep it to myself. I am sharing it on my facebook page!

Elena said...

I struggle with folding my king and queen fitted sheets in such a manner. The sheets I use are deep (from http://www.thomasleeltd.com ), but not as deep as many! Right now, I just try the method of folding the flat sheet within, which I think saves more space anyway, even if the fitted sheet gets more wrinkly. And I love the crisp Thomas Lee sheets, so I guess its worth it!

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