Nothing can be more overwhelming than a significant mountain of clothing that needs to be folded, especially if these are sweaters. So to save you from hassle, here are essential tips on how to fold sweaters and why to fold them.
Why Fold a Sweater?
Folding a sweater takes a lot of time, so why do it when you can just toss your sweaters in your closet or hand them? The main reasons for folding sweaters are to have a neat-looking closet, to save space, and to have a wrinkle-free sweater. You don’t want a wardrobe that looks like a mess, right?
What is Best: Hang or Fold your Sweaters?
The answer depends on how much space you have, how you organize your belongings and the sort of material your sweaters have. But if we are talking about effectiveness, sweaters that are appropriately folded will maintain their form and shape more effectively than those that are hung up.
However, folding might not be an option for those with little space or doesn’t have a closet. So a lot of people prefer hanging up their clothes because it’s easier, not time-consuming, and saves space. But of course, what they get in return is a messy, stretched sweater.
Different Methods to Fold a Sweater
Folding is not just simply packing your sweater; it also requires some methods to have a well-folded sweater that will save you space when you store it in your closet. If you are new to this, you must know these three folding methods so you know how to properly fold the kind of sweater you have.
1. KonMari Method
Instead of stacking after folding, the pieces can stand erect. Since everything is in plain sight, this is a better use of available space and makes it much simpler to locate specific items. To replicate this at home, fold the clothing half lengthwise, creating a rectangle. The rectangle is then folded in half and then again in thirds until it is sturdy enough to support for itself to stand.
2. Rolling Method
The rolling folding method is best if you want a wrinkle-free sweater. The first thing you need to do is to lay your sweater flat. Next, fold the sleeves with the right sleeve, topping the left one.
Make sure it looks like a letter X, where the hem of your right sleeve is placed on the left side of your sweater’s bottom hem. Lately, roll your sweater starting from the bottom and make sure not to roll too tight, just enough to make a good size rolled sweater.
3. Rectangle Method
If you prefer stacking up your sweatshirts, fold them into a thin rectangular shape. This method is the best if you want to maximize your use of space.
So you need to just place your sweatshirt on a flat surface, with its back on the front. Next, you need to fold the arms inwards, with the left being folded over the right. Then just fold it up in thirds by grabbing the bottom and folding it upwards two times, making sure you make three equal folds.
How to Fold Different Types of Sweaters
Folding a sweater doesn’t mean folding it in any form and tossing it into your closet. The folding technique you need to use depends on your sweater type. So to give you extra convenience, here are tutorials on how to fold different kinds of sweaters.
A plain sweater is probably the easiest to fold because it is thin and simple. What you only need to do is follow these easy steps.
- Place the sweater on a flat surface while facing down.
- Fold the left sleeve straight across the back of the sweater, and do the same with the right sleeve.
- Fold one side of the body into the middle of the sweater and repeat on the other side.
- And to get that perfect square, fold the sweater into two, starting from the bottom. Now your sweater is ready to be stacked.
A knitted sweater is bulkier than a plain one, so folding it might be tricky. But still, folding it is a great way to keep its shape. So here’s an easy tutorial on how to fold your knitted sweater using the KonMari method.
- Start by placing your sweater on a flat table while facing up and free of wrinkles.
- Fold the side into the middle with the sleeves stretched to the other side.
- Fold the sleeves right in the middle now, and if the hem is too long, just fold it down.
- Do the third step on the other sleeve as well.
- Fold the sweater in thirds, and it should look like a bulky roll that stands on its own.
We love cardigans, but it is a hassle sometimes when we need to store them. But with this guide, we’ll make it easy for you to fold your cardigan sweater, regardless of the type or silk it has.
- To fold a cardigan, you need to lay it down flat and ensure no wrinkles on the cloth.
- Split it into four parts. Do this by folding in one-fourth of the sides and bringing them to the middle so you can have a double door with an opening.
- Fold the arms into a straight line, following the sides you have folded.
- Now, fold the sweater into three parts. Begin from the bottom so you can have a clean, square fold ready to be stored.
Folding a hoodie is fun rather than complicated. The best way to fold this type of clothing is by rolling it up and using the hoodie to hold the rolled-up body. The result will look like a small roll you can use as a pillow. To do this, follow the instruction below.
- Place your hoodie on a flat surface, facing up.
- Fold the sleeves inwards.
- Fold the hoodie in three parts. Make sure you fold it by following the sides of the hood, so you get three equal parts.
- Roll the hoodie. Start from the bottom up to the shoulder, just before the hood.
- Hold the top of your hood and fold it over the rest of the roll. Doing this will firmly hold the roll, ensuring it doesn’t expand again.
If you don’t like the rolling method and prefer stacking your hoodies, here is an alternative way to fold your hooded sweater.
- Start by having your hoodie face down. Make sure you place it flat and free of wrinkles.
- Fold in the sleeves. You can fold down the hems if they are too long.
- Look where the hood meets the shoulder, and then fold a quarter of your hoodie’s body following that meeting point.
- Fold the hoodie in half, starting from the bottom. Flip the body and fold the hood to the front to have a perfect square folded hoodie.
How to Store a Sweater to Save Space
There are many ways to store your sweaters, most of which are to save space. So to help you, here are some quick tips.
Use Storage Containers
Airtight storage containers are yet another option for storing sweaters during the off-season. They are available in a wide variety of forms and sizes, and since they are sealed, there is no risk of insects, dirt, or water entering and causing damage to the inside.
This is also the best option since you can just stack these containers on the side or inside your closet without causing inconvenience.
Pile them up
During the winter, storing your sweaters in cabinets is a terrific alternative so that you can quickly select the sweater that will be the most comfortable to wear. This approach is simple to follow. Just fold your sweaters like you would any other clothing item.
Arrange them vertically rather than piling them up as you would typically do. Because of this, you will have more space in your cabinets, and you will also have a greater view of all of your belongings. There will be no more rummaging around and creating a mess.
Hang Bulky Sweaters
We said that folding is the best option, but hanging is also a great alternative. Of course, this is only good when you have a bulky sweater because if you hang it, it saves more space.
Folding it will result in a space-consuming fold, and you can’t have a good result because it won’t typically stay still. The sweater could just keep expanding, and that will give you the hassle. So just hang bulky sweaters like the knitted ones that use big yarns.
Owning a lot of sweaters comes with the responsibility of knowing how to properly fold and store them while saving space. So, follow this guide, and we hope we have helped you learn how to fold sweaters easily and properly.
Jessica Oliver is a fashion enthusiast with more than ten years of experience in the industry. She previously managed her own clothing store in New York before becoming a mother of three. With a passion for sustainability and a desire to share clothing care and recycling tips.