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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

In my spare time, I'm a massage therapist. Now, I've cut back quite a bit on my hours because of tending my nieces and staying home with my son, but just imagine how many sheets I've folded in the last six years. I've gotten pretty good at folding flat and fitted sheets alike.

Plus.. I'm sort of a perfectionist, and there is nothing like looking at your linen closet when all the sheets and towels look like the inside of a catalog. So, here's the technique (I'm folding a crib sheet here for ease of taking photos, but any size sheet works exactly the same).

1. Find the two seams on one end of a fitted sheet, and match them up - wrong side together.

2. While holding these two seams with your left hand, glide your right hand along the right edge (my thumb is touching it in the photo above) of the sheet until you find another seam and match it with the others. Do the same thing - pinch the three seams together with your left hand and use your right hand to glide along the edge until you find the last seam. Match it with the 3rd seam - wrong sides together. You should now have the two ends of your sheet as two "loops" with all of the seams matching up.

3. While pinching the seams together, glide your other hand with one finger between seams 2 and 3 along the edges until it comes to the loop where the sheet is folded in half. Straighten out the edges and shake it a bit and it should fall into a nice quarter fold.

4. Lay your sheet on a table or bed in a rectangle shape with the elastic curving around on the top.

5. Fold the sheet lengthwise in thirds bringing each side toward the center. (I only folded the crib sheet in half).

6. Fold your sheet width-wise 3 or 4 times depending on the depth of your linen shelves, bringing the top and bottom toward the center.

And you're done! Happy linen closets everyone! It's so much easier to do it than it is to explain it - so hopefully I made sense. If you're confused, leave a comment.


  1. No Lie - but I was changing my sheets this morning and thinking to myself "How in the heck do you fold a fitted sheet?" LOL Thanks for the info! You're the best!!!

  2. You have earned the title super hero! Amazing. My closets will look so much better because of this post. Thanks.


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