How to Fold a Fitted Sheet Perfectly Every Time!
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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.
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!
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.
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.
Step 4: Bring index fingers and inner corner seams together.
Align the darts over your hands and bring your index fingers together.
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.
Step 6: Fold one corner over the other.
Carefully fold the top corner of the sheet over the corner on your lower hand.
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.
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.
Step 9: Lay the rectangular sheet on a flat surface.
Smooth the sheet and even out the ends while the sheet lays flat.
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.
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.
Step 12: Fold the small rectangle in half and smooth.
You are almost done!
You are a Master of the Fitted Sheet!
Congratulations! You folded a fitted sheet!