Studio 5 Contributor, Kathleen Alder shares her tips and techniques for tackling that that perfect fold . . . with everything from the perfect square dress shirt to the professionally folded business letter.
When you know the correct techniques for folding those hard-to-fold items it makes the whole look of your linen closets and dresser drawers so neat and organized.
This simple folding technique produces neatly stacked sheet sets every time.
• Stick your hands into the right side of two corners of the sheet.
• Scoop up the other two corners and put them over the corners in your hands. You will have two corners inside of each other, over each hand.
• Now put all four corners inside of each other so they are all over one hand.
• Lay the sheet on a flat surface and fold the sides to the center to make the sides straight and to make a rectangle.
• Now fold the rectangle as many times as you need to in order to fit the linen closet.
Achieving that perfect square looked employed by department stores is easy with this technique.
• Button the top, third and bottom buttons and lay the shirt face down on a flat surface.
• Without folding in the sides of the shirt, fold the sleeve over the shirt straight down from the middle of the shoulder lining up the seam of the sleeve with the side of the shirt. It will make a straight line from the middle of the shoulder down to the cuff. Repeat with the other sleeve.
• Fold the sides of the shirt to the middle following the inside edge of the sleeve.
• Now fold the bottom of the shirt up once or twice to form a square.
You can look successful with a professionally folded letter.
• # 10 Envelope:
o Fold the 8 ½ X 11 letter in thirds start by folding the top 1/3 of the letter down about 3 5/8″.
o Fold the bottom of the letter up about 3 ½ “.
o The folded edge will not be flush with the bottom edge of the letter which will leave about 1/2 “between the bottom and the fold.
o Holding the envelope with the back facing you, slip the letter into the envelope while holding the letter by the ½” space.
o When the receiver opens the letter, they will pull out the letter, and unfold the letter bottom first and then open the top of the letter to begin reading.
• Small business envelope:
o Fold the bottom of the 8 ½ X 11 letter to within 1/2″ of the top.
o Fold each end into the middle into thirds, folding the right hand side of the letter first. Again leaving ½” after the last fold for ease of opening.
o Holding the letter by the right hand fold, and the envelope with the back facing you, slip the letter into the envelope.
o The receiver will open the letter and be able to unfold and read the letter with a minimum of effort.
Proper folding keeps sweaters neat and wrinkle free.
• Lay the sweater face down on a flat surface.
• Without folding in the sides of the sweater, fold the sleeve on top of the sweater straight down from the middle of the shoulder lining up the seam of the sleeve with the side of the sweater. It will make a straight line from the middle of the shoulder down to the cuff. Repeat with the other sleeve.
• Fold the sides of the sweater to the middle following the edge of the sleeve.
• Now fold the bottom of the sweater up once or twice to form a square.
With a simple fold your table can look tailored and sharp.
• Fold the napkin in half lengthwise.
• Fold the bottom of the napkin up 2/3 of the way up and then fold that section in half again.
• Turn the napkin over with the folded part to the bottom.
• Now fold the left edge to the middle.
• Fold the right edge and tuck it under the doubled over portion of the napkin.
• Now turn the napkin back over and slip the silverware into the pocket that was formed.
Make a round tablecloth fit on a square shelf or a square drawer.
• Fold the tablecloth in half and then in half again.
• Fold the corner of the rounded edge toward the folded edge forming a rectangle.
• Fold the rectangle into the size that fits on your shelf or drawer.
Fold your t-shirts in just seconds with complete instructions from the following video video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4776825453418327083
Kathleen Alder is a regular contributor to Studio 5.