How to Fold a Fitted Sheet Perfectly Every Time!

Updated on July 10, 2013
Folding a fitted sheet is easy if you know how!
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The Dreaded Fitted Sheet

One of laundry's most unpleasant tasks is the folding of a fitted sheet. We would all like to think that we can somehow manage the odd-shaped beast, but many around the world surrender daily to the sheet and end up rolling it into a wad and putting it away. If you are like most, you believe that the fitted sheet cannot be folded. That it cannot be mastered. That it was created to live in our homes in some bizarre, semi-rounded, puckered shape. I am here to tell you - no SHOW you - that it can be done!

I do not recall when I first began folding fitted sheets in this manner; but, I have trained several people now to do it. Like me, these friends now consider the sheet to be tamed! It serves the master, the mentor, the guru as it should. Follow the steps below to master the art of folding the fitted sheet.


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Step 1: Remove fitted sheet from the dryer.

OK. These are "gimme" points. Anyone should be able to get the sheet out of the dryer. But, congratulations, you are one step closer!

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Step 2: Place both hands in any two corners of the fitted sheet.

This is your starting point. Everything else will flow from here.

Insert your hands with index fingers of each hand at the end of the sewn darts at two corners of the fitted sheet.

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Step 3: Fold the sheet in half from top to bottom.

Place hands in the 2 corner darts of the fitted sheet.

Make sure that corner seams are matched on top and bottom half of sheet.

The index finger of each hand should be firmly pointing at the innermost corner of each seam.

With wrong sides of fabric together (right side of fabric on outside of fold), fold sheet in half from top end to bottom end.

Match ends of sheet and corners.

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Step 4: Bring index fingers and inner corner seams together.

Align the darts over your hands and bring your index fingers together.

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Step 5: With the hand in the lowest position firmly grasp the other index finger and the fabric

This is one of the most important steps the folding process.

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Step 6: Fold one corner over the other.

Carefully fold the top corner of the sheet over the corner on your lower hand.

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Step 7: Smooth and pull the fabric of the corners on your hand to make sure it is smooth and darts are in line with each other.

Align the darts on the corner of the sheet with each other to make a smooth corner.

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Step 8: Begin to form the sheet into a rectangle.

Keeping your hand in touch with the elastic corner of the sheet, use your arm to support the sheet and form the top side of the rectangle.

With your other hand, push up under the layers of the sheet, and drag your hand from the corner to the outer end. This makes the other side of the rectangle.

There should be anywhere from 7-9 inches of elasticized fabric that are folding over to make the rectangle.

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Step 9: Lay the rectangular sheet on a flat surface.

Smooth the sheet and even out the ends while the sheet lays flat.

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Step 10: Fold the sheet lengthwise in 2 or 3 folds..

Make sure the elasticized sides are folded in first.

Use 2 folds for twin sheets, and 3 for larger size sheets.

Smooth the sheet with each fold.

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Step 11: Fold the long rectangle in half.

Depending on the size of the sheet, you may need to repeat this step once or twice to get the sheet to a manageable size.

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Step 12: Fold the small rectangle in half and smooth.

You are almost done!

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You are a Master of the Fitted Sheet!

Congratulations! You folded a fitted sheet!

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet Instructional Video

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        Mangroshemy 4 years ago

        It's the elastic that makes it a pain. I have just gotten a set of drawstring sheets and with the drawstring loose, it doesn't gather up so much and it will lay much flatter so the folding is more straight forward. And man do they ever stay on the bed, beating the heck out of elastic sheets. Every night I get into bed it's wonderful how nice and smooth the sheet is like the sheet was just put on. I included a link:

        http://www.drawstringsheet.com

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        cozytown 4 years ago from Mechanicville, NY

        Great hub. I was looking to write one about folding fitted sheets, but alas, you beat me to it! Good work!

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        Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

        Wow! I did it!

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        BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

        Sigh! Okay I am going to try again. Surely, it is time I mastered the dreaded fitted sheet. By the time I put it away it looks like a pile of 4 sheets. But ok - here I go again. Thanks a million!

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        marion langley 4 years ago from The Study

        The flow of the writing was clear, the layout was easy to follow, and the pictures were just what I needed. I ran into my closet, grabbed the closest untidy bundle, and went through it line by line and picture by picture . It looks fabulous. I can't wait till my hubby comes home so I can ask him, "would you believe that's a FITTED sheet!?!" Will share with all my friends!!!

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        just-about 4 years ago

        What a perfect read for me . . . I have always bought and used flat sheets, just force of habit. A few months ago I treated myself to some new bedding and accidently bought fitted sheets. They have been driving me mad when it comes to putting them away. In fact, they have ended up rolled into a sausage shape. After watching the video I got a sheet out of the cupboard - followed your instructions and VOILA ! A perfectly folded sheet. THank you so much.

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        Alexander Okelo 4 years ago

        This is very informative! Plus I love the pictures, Keep up the good work :)

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        Lori Collins 4 years ago from Riverside, CA

        Love the pictures with the descriptions! made it really easy to understand

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Thanks for the positive feedback! I reorganized my laundry room this week and found some wrinkled up fitted sheets there. Now they are washed and folded properly. Order to chaos..........

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        My SciFi Life 4 years ago from London, UK

        all i can say is wow. you've helped me see the light and given me hope! :)

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        Bala 4 years ago from India

        Nice Hub! Good content! Awesome Pics! You look Gorgeous!

        Thanks for the Hub!

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        Rob Smart 4 years ago from Greece

        Wow... this is one of those things I never even thought there was a "right" way to do.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        I love all of the great comments this hub has created! Maybe I'm not such a geek after all! ;-)

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        Phantasia Scribe 4 years ago

        A neatly folded fitted sheet should fit into the sheet drawer better than the wadded up sheet balls I have stuffed in there now. I will definitely have to try this technique!

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        Rob Smart 4 years ago from Greece

        A very useful hub! Love the step-by-step directions!

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        HMcEvoy 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

        No more excuses for wrinkly sheets now!! Thanks!

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        Cristina 4 years ago from Virginia

        This is probably one of the most helpful Hubs i have ever read!

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        Bandit Jack 4 years ago

        Wow... this is one of those things I never even thought there was a "right" way to do. I usually just sorta flap the fitted sheet around until it vaguely resembles a rectangle and then I toss it into the linen cabinet!

        Thanks so much for opening my eyes, I will have to try this next time I do laundry!

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        Mirmana 4 years ago from AMSTERDAM

        Always wanted to be able to do this! I'm far from a neat-freak but I hate it when I can't fit my fitted sheets in my closet. Thanks for sharing, and explaining it so thoroughly!

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        Soin 4 years ago

        It is the best and the easiest way:)

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        Tim Chirillo 4 years ago from Florida

        my kids need to read this .. and clean their rooms while they are at it

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        sckeith 4 years ago

        I have always been so bad at folding the fitted sheet that I take the sheets off of the bed wash them and put them back on instead of having to fold them! I can't wait to try this and actually use all those sheet sets in my closet. Great step by step directions.

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        Audrey 4 years ago

        I have always just fold it in half a few times and then tuck in the corners. Okay, it looks a little horrible, I know. But now that I know the trick, maybe I will have a nicely folded fitted sheet for a change.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Wow! So many people learning the simple art of folding a fitted sheet. Awesome!

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        Jason Matthews 4 years ago from North Carolina

        Fun hub...and great information!

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        Krista Schnee 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

        Thanks for the great tips! It will certainly be helpful in helping me create a neater laundry area.

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        Felisa Daskeo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

        Wow, is it that simple? At my age, it is only now that I am able to fold my bed sheet properly. I wouldn't have done it without your guide. Thank you for this very helpful hub.

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        StellaSee 4 years ago from California

        Hi Kansasyarn, thanks to this hub, I think for the first time in my life, I've folded a fitted sheet correctly! The video was helpful too, I've never seen anyone so happy to fold a sheet, it was really cute. Thanks for sharing with us your knowledge and congratulations :)

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        Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

        Kansasyarn, this was so useful. Thank you for sharing this.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        So many wonderful comments! You are right, though. Fitted sheets are not hard to fold, you just need a method. Glad it was helpful!

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        Vivian-tmt-hnp 4 years ago from USA.

        2:33pm Thursday 6 June 2013

        This is the frequent and simple work. However you can do and show us how to fold it neatly by your warm and nice guidance . Thank you.

        Vivian

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        Flashwente 4 years ago

        I already knew how to fold a fitted sheet that way but I read the whole article anyway. You are very cute and I enjoyed looking at the pictures of you from so many angles.

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        ud1093 4 years ago from ?

        time saving

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Thanks for all of the wonderful comments! :-D

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        emilyna 4 years ago

        Great Tutorial

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        AJ Rodriguez 4 years ago from San Diego

        This was a very helpful article, because I am terrible at folding

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        MDavisatTIERS, By all means, leave the door open!

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        Marilyn L Davis 4 years ago from Georgia

        My linen closet thanks you as well as me. I may just have to leave the door open when company comes next week.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        buysellseo, Thanks!

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        John Vance 4 years ago from Cincinnati

        Great Tutorial :)

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Vborrows, So glad you found it helpful. It's funny how such a little thing causes so many people so much trouble!

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        Vborrows 4 years ago from Hamilton Ontario

        Thank you for this hub. I always struggle with the fitted sheet and I think I can do it now.

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        bzirkone 4 years ago from Kansas

        Can't wait to share the great news!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        bzirkone, Ball them up no more! Now you can master the fitted sheet!

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        bzirkone 4 years ago from Kansas

        Ha!! great hub! Looks like everybody on HubPages has been folding the fitted sheet about like me... into a ball and stuffed in a closet. Thanks for the info.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        hoov45, it IS so simple! Give it a try - you can do it!

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        Terry Hoover 4 years ago from Denham Springs, Louisiana

        You make it look so simple. Great Hub!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        janices7, Thanks!

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        Janice S 4 years ago

        Great tips! Love the step-by-step instructions with photos.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Darrlymdavis, Too funny! You are right, though....Guys can do it, too!

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        Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

        Should be mandatory reading for males lol!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        epbooks, You can do it! Go and tame those fitted sheets! :-)

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        Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Actually - going to finish the laundry now. :)

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        Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        I think we are all feeling up to the challenge of folding sheets now. Thank you!!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        europewalker, Thanks for the votes and comments. No worries with folding fitted sheets now!

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        europewalker 4 years ago

        Voted up and useful, fitted sheets are a pain. I always have a hard time trying to fold one, great instructions and video:)

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        baja2013, So glad you took the time to read! More will be coming!

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        Bajazid 4 years ago from Sarajevo, Bosnia

        This was interesting one. :)

        I want some more! (Voted interesting and funny of course)

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        phildazz, Wow! Thanks for the kind comments. Give it a whirl and see just how easy it is!

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        Allan Philip 4 years ago from Toronto

        Never thought there was an answer to this very, very complex issue. I've been trying all my life to figure this one out. One thing is certain, this is probably the most useful Hubpage on Google. Thanks you!

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        Jemuel 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

        I'm so glad that I found this hub. This is great! I will no longer be having a hard time folding the fitted sheets.

        Thank you for sharing.

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        kacie 4 years ago from nottingham

        nice :P

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        Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Awesome! I have to admit, I'm one of those people who roll them in a ball and hope no one notices if everything else is folded nicely on top of it. hee hee. Now I'm going to fold to impress!

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        Chona Fernandez 4 years ago from Philippines

        At last! I always have a hard time folding fitted sheets and never done it correctly. Now I have a guide. This is a nice article.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        epbooks, You will love it! Fitted sheets never looked so good!

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        Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        I'm going to do it! I'm excited. LOL!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        epbooks, Thanks for reading! Give it a try; you can do it!

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        Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Great instructions and fantastic easy to understand video. I can never fold these things. Thanks for posting!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        BernietheMovieGuy, So glad it worked for you! Thanks for giving it a try and congrats!

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        Bernie Ment 4 years ago from Syracuse, NY

        Okay, I'm a single guy living by myself so, as you can guess, folding fitted sheets is NOT on the top of my priority list of important things to worry about. That being said, I am also a neat freak - everything in it's place and that sort of thing. I am constantly miffed at the condition of my linen closet because of - drumroll, please - those darn fitted sheets. I tried your method and voila - you just managed to neaten up a nightmare that I've had going for for nearly 30 years. THANK YOU! Voted up.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Kaili, Thanks for giving it a try! Glad it was helpful!

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        Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

        I just tried this and it worked perfectly. As a matter of fact, the fitted one turned out neater than the flat sheet! Thank you so much for this.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Naomi, Thanks for giving it a try! It's so easy. I'm amazed that instructions don't come with our sheet sets!

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        Naomi's Banner 4 years ago from United States

        I tried it and its easier than it looks. My husband was impressed.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        kimberly40, Good luck with getting them to fold their own sheets. But, at least you know there are others like you out there!

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        Kimberly 4 years ago from Illinois

        Thank you for posting this. My family thinks I am crazy for folding fitted sheets. I can't wait to show them this so I can prove them wrong and hopefully get them to fold their own sheets.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Naomi's Banner, Go for it! Your fitted sheets will be perfect!

        forgetmenotsza, You can do it!

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        forgetmenotsza 4 years ago from United States

        Yes! Love it! I can't wait to try it!

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        Naomi's Banner 4 years ago from United States

        Great idea. I can't wait to try it!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        rose-the-planner, You are most welcome!

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        rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

        I really hate folding sheets so I usually get my husband to help me, lol. Thanks for sharing your tips with us!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        barbat79, So glad you are going to be able to re-learn these quick instructions. Soooo easy, you will be folding your sheets perfectly in no time!

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        B A Tobin 4 years ago from Connnecticut

        Beautifully spelled out! 1, 2 3! I have seen this done and forgot the steps..I have a 1/2 sloppy 1/2 looks ok method. lol Thank you for such a great hub!!! Now I will know how to again!!! I will probably need to print this one out!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        adrienne2, Thanks for the congrats! I am really excited to have been featured as Hub of the Day with this hub. Go fold your fitted sheets!

        kschimmel, I bet those are wonderful memories!

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        Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

        My Granny taught me to fold fitted sheets when I was a little girl. Good memories!

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        Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

        I saw the title of this hub and I said this is a must read!! I thought I was the only wrestling with trying to fold those darn fitted sheets. So now I cant hurry up and throw it in the laundry bag before anyone sees he. Excellent hub, and should win hub of the YEAR, if we had such an award. Congrats on HOTD well deserved. Voted up!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Dolores, I know what you mean! You will be surprised how easy it is to fold your fitted sheets. You can do it!

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        Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

        How is it that such a simple thing can mean so much. Those fitted sheets have always driven me crazy and though it sounds ridiculous, I can't wait to do the laundry! (This hub should go far!)

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        JosephSorbara 4 years ago from New York,NY

        This is surely the first time I've seen a teen fold there sheets properly......,

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        emilymenchick, Go for it! You can do it!

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        Emily Nemchick 4 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

        Wow, I am totally trying that! I just bundle mine up...

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Kaili Bisson, Thanks for the read and the follow!

        healthyfitness, Glad you found it helpful!

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        Rick Grimes 4 years ago

        haha i've never even thought about there being a better way to do this. Thanks!

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        Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

        I must try this...Flat ones and pillow cases, no problem. But fitted sheets? All bunched up and stuffed into the linen closet. ty for the tip!

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        SidKemp, So glad you found it useful!

        Lesleysherwood, You will be the master of the fitted sheet!

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        Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

        Yeah, brilliant hub. My mum taught me when I was growing up. I should have concentrated more though as I fight every week with this task. Aggggh... thank you. Hopefully I will master it for washing day tomorrow!

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        Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

        This is awesome. I no longer have to wait for my wife to come home to fold that darned last item - the fitted sheet! I always thought it took two; now I know I can do it myself.

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        Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

        imatellmuva, You can do it!

        DzyMsLizzy, Thanks for reading and sharing! I don't know about saintly, but love the term, laundry guru!

        jeniferstevenson, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

        Tom Schumacher, Genius?! I don't know. But THANKS! You made my morning!

        vocalcoach, Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

        MartieCoetser, Glad you found it useful!

        Dee aka Nonna, Your linen closet will never be the same again! Congratulations!

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        Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

        Finally! Yippee...I can now fold a fitted sheet. I went right away to the linen closet and folded one of my fitted sheet to give it a try. It worked. I am now going to refold them all. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.

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