DIY Shirt Folding Board

DIY Shirt Folding Board - folded t-shirt
You too can have perfectly stacked shirts, like the ones you see at the store. This DIY shirt folding board is easy to make with items you likely have around the house. Using a folding board helps you fold all of your shirts the same size, making it easier to put them away.

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September 18, 2018

DIY Shirt Folding Board - folded t-shirtMy mum was recently poking at me because as I was folding laundry, all the shirts had slightly different widths and fold variations. What can I say? I did not inherit her folding perfectionist gene (jokes aside, she is an origami professional). She probably gave me my 468th lesson on how to fold them uniformly, but they were still all ugly, and lots of time was wasted. Enter my homemade shirt folding board. All it takes is a big cardboard box, scissors, and some tape. You'll be folding clothes uniformly, 10 times as fast. Mum may call this cheating, but the perfectly folded shirts were very much approved.

You can vary on the dimensions for your board panels. If you have much larger shirts, you can cut add some inches to the dimensions I've provided here. I wear small tops so this was perfect. You can always measure your average shirt to see what would be a good fold size for you and wherever you store them. This works for long sleeved shirts, as well.


Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 board


  • 1 large cardboard box
  • sharp craft scissors or box cutter
  • tape measurer
  • pencil
  • duct or masking tape
DIY Shirt Folding Board - supplies


  1. Cut open any tape that's holding the box together. Don't cut into the cardboard.
  2. DIY Shirt Folding Board - cut through any tape holding box together
  3. Unfold the box into one big piece.
  4. DIY Shirt Folding Board - unfold the box
  5. Cut into 4 large rectangular segments. Make sure the 2 biggest pieces are at least 22.25" x 13.75" in size.
  6. DIY Shirt Folding Board - cut into 4 large rectangular pieces

  7. Cut one of the other pieces of cardboard so it's at least 17.5" x 8.25", then cut in half.
  8. DIY Shirt Folding Board - cut one piece at 17.5" x 8.25", then cut in half.
  9. You will have 2 big rectangles and 2 smaller squarish pieces. Lay the 2 smaller pieces between the 2 big rectangles, as pictured.
  10. DIY Shirt Folding Board - lay small rectangles/squares between the larger two
  11. Tape the two small pieces together. One piece of tape on front, one piece on the back.
  12. DIY Shirt Folding Board - tape the smaller pieces together on both sides
  13. Tape the 2 rectangles on either side of them. The tape will look like a big H.
  14. DIY Shirt Folding Board - tape to the two rectangles on either side

  15. Cut the tape up the sides of the lower square only, then tuck the tape in nicely. This is so you can fold the lower square upwards later on.
  16. DIY Shirt Folding Board - cut the tape on the lower piece only and tuck the tape in
  17. Place a shirt face-down on the folding board.
  18. DIY Shirt Folding Board - place a t-shirt face down on the folding board
  19. Lift the left side panel and fold it over the shirt.
  20. Put the left panel back.
  21. DIY Shirt Folding Board - after lifting the left panel and folding, lay back down
  22. Lift the right side panel and fold it over the shirt.
  23. DIY Shirt Folding Board - fold right panel over the shirt

  24. Put the right panel back, then fold the lower panel up onto the shirt.
  25. DIY Shirt Folding Board - fold right panel back down and fold the smaller lower panel up
  26. Put the lower panel back.
  27. DIY Shirt Folding Board - lower the smaller panel
  28. Flip the shirt over. All done! Repeat, be stunned by the uniformity, and save lots of time. :)
  29. DIY Shirt Folding Board - flip shirt over and you are done
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