“I just cannot figure out how to fold a fitted sheet!”
How many times have you heard other people say those words? How many times have you said them yourself?
My mom taught me to fold clothes when I was a teenager. I still fold a lot of things exactly the way she taught me, too. One of the things she taught me was how to fold a fitted sheet. It’s really not all that hard, so I thought I would share with you just how I do it.
First, you need to turn all the corners inside out. This will help when you first start the actual folding.
Stretch the sheet out with your hands in the corners. When you stretch it out, make sure your hands have the corners that are at the head and foot of the bed. Put the two corners that your hands are in together.
With your left hand still inside the sheet, pinch the corners together and remove your right hand from the sheet. Fold the sheet over the corner so that you now have the two corners folded together with the right side of the corner facing out.
Now do that with the other end the same way so you have what looks like this:
Now do that process one more time. Slip your left hand in the left corners and your right hand in the right corners. Fold them together, pinch with your left, remove your right, and fold over. It should look like this:
Give the whole thing a 90º rotation counter clockwise.
Now fold the sheet up 1/3 of the way.
Then fold 1/3 again.
Now fold from right to left in half…
…then in half again for the finish!
Yes, it’s just that easy to fold a fitted sheet!
Some additional tips:
- If you straighten and flatten out the sheet every step of the way, it makes for a smoother finish.
- After you get the fitted sheet folded, fold the top sheet to an approximate size, put one pillow case between them, and store the whole set in the other pillow case.
- You can always buy different color pillow cases to store your sheet sets in and color code the linen closet by room – red cases for the master bedroom, blue/pink for the kids’ rooms, green for the guest bedrooms. That way, you can grab the right sheet set every time with just a glance.
Do you have some additional tips to add? I would love to hear them.