How to Fold a Hoodie

Hoodies and sweatshirts are one of the most rigid fabrics to fold — they are bulky, oversized, and take up too much space.

But, interestingly, there are some tips to fold your hoodie comfortably inside your traveling box or drawer. So, if you are here because you want to optimize space or just want to make your wardrobe look better, you are at the right place! 

8 Methods To Fold Your Hoodies

Folding and organizing your hoodies isn’t as difficult a task as it may seem. The best way to fold your hoodies is to ensure that the hoodie squares won’t budge even during the most frantic drawer search.  Here are the top methods to achieve this: 

Method 1: The Basic Fold

If you have attempted folding your hoodie before, you may have tried the basic fold method. It is the most common method to fold your hoodies, and it involves the following steps: 

Step 1: Lay the hoodie on a flat surface, upside down. 

Step 2: Cross the arm towards the middle hoodie so that the hoodie takes a rectangular form.

Step 3: Take the top half of the hoodie and fold it evenly over the other half. Then take one-half of the hood and fold it vertically. 

Step 4: Open the hoodie and stretch over to rest the entire body on the hood. The folded hoodie would form a square shape, with the hood covering the other parts of the hoodie.

Method 2: The Marie Komodo Fold

Marie Komodo takes a lot of inspiration from traditional sweatshirt folding techniques. Follow these steps for the Marie Kondo fold: 

Step 1: Place the hood on a flat surface and smooth out any wrinkles that might be visible.

Step 2: Hold the hood and fold it down into the body of the hoodie.

Step 3: Grab the right side of the hoodie and fold it towards the middle.

Step 4: Fold back the sleeve and then downwards. Let it fall neatly on the hoodie’s folded right side. Then, repeat this same process for the left side.

Step 5: Fold the hoodie in half, and bring the top to the bottom. This would make the hoodie fit into the closet perfectly.

Method 3: The KonMarie Fold

The KonMarie method is also perfect for folding your hoodie to perfection. The steps involved are as follows:

Step 1: Make sure you put the hoodie on a flat surface, allowing the front of the hoodie to face downwards.

Step 2: Take both sides, one by one, and fold them towards each other in the center of the hoodie.

Step 3: Take the hoodie sleeves and fold them in half in the middle of the hoodie.

Step 4: Fold the hoodie to the back, allowing the opening to face upward. Fold the bottom of the hoodie and the hood to make a rectangular shape.

Step 5: Take one end of the rectangle by the edge and fold it on top of the other to form a square. Your hoodie is all set to keep away.

Method 4: Folding The Hoodie Into The Hood

This method helps ensure your fold is contained so that nothing is left hanging outside. Some people prefer to fold the body and sleeves of the hoodie into the hood to keep it neatly contained. When the hoodie is folded, the sleeves and sides of the hoodie cannot fall out of neatly folded hoodie. 

Here are the steps to fold into the hood;

Step 1: Begin by laying the hood out on a flat surface. In the middle of the left side of the hoodie, fold it in half. Then, back and down over the already folded left side, the left sleeve should be folded.

Step 2: Repeat the previous step for the right side.

Step 3: Fold the hood’s bottom half upwards now. Only a third of the hood needs to be folded for this method. Then, fold it a second time in the same manner, ending the second fold towards the hood’s beginning.

Step 4: Now, neatly put the hoodie’s folded part inside the hood.

Method 5: The Smooth Sailing Method

This technique helps fold your hoodie neatly and provides space in your locker. Here are the simple steps involved:

Step 1: Lay the hoodie on a clean flat surface. If the hoodie has a zip, zip it up before turning its face down.

Step 2: Use your hands to straighten and flatten the wrinkles from the sleeves to the body.

Method 6: The Gap Method

This hoodie folding technique gives you a nicely squared-off hoodie that’ll fit perfectly on a shelf or in a drawer. To successfully fold your hoodie using this method, follow these steps:

Step 1: Pull the hood toward you, to form a squared-off top of the sweatshirt.

Step 2: Fold one side toward the center, then fold the arm back toward the middle.

Step 3: Repeat the previous steps for the other arm. Ensure the sides are folded equal to get the perfect shape.

Step 4: Fold the bottom up to meet the hood and fold the hoodie in half. Afterward, you store your hoodie.

Method 7: The Hood Pocket Method

This method is useful when you are taking your hoodie on a trip and need to keep it in a travel box. Here is how to fold your hoodie using the Hood Pocket Method:

Step 1: Fold both sides of the hoodie toward the center.

Step 2: Fold the sleeves at an angle so they lay through the edges of the hoodie.

Step 3: Fold the sides in towards the center one more time.

Step 4: Fold the hoodie up, starting from the bottom of the sweatshirt.

Step 5: Fold the hood over the hoodie to hold the fold in place.p

Method 8: Folding Under Pressure

The folding under pressure method is also great for making your hoodie look neat and arranged.  Here are the steps involved:

Step 1: Take the right sleeve and fold it straight across the back. Repeat with the left sleeve.

Step 2: Fold the cuff back if the sleeves run over the sweatshirt. 

Step 3: Look for the shoulder line and fold the sweatshirt in half on one side so the edge lands in the center of the back.

Step 4: Repeat the process on the other side of the hoodie. Fold the sweatshirt in half vertically to create a square and flat surface.

Organizing Your Hoodies

If you’ve folded your hoodie, you have done a part of the job. The other part is to organize them so that you make enough space and can easily find a particular hoodie when you need it. After you’ve finished folding your hoodies, organize them to look neat wherever you put them.  These tips will make it easy to retrieve your hoodies without disorganizing other items in your closet or room;

  • Folded hoodies can be piled on a shelf or in a drawer.
  • The hoodies should be stacked on top of one another. Stack them in the shelf or closet from bottom to top. 
  • If you use different folding methods, arrange hoodies according to how they are folded. I.e. KonMarie should be arranged separately from Marie Kondo or In the Hood Fold. 
  • Hoodies folded using the KonMarie method should be handled carefully to avoid unraveling. 
  • Another excellent organization tip is to keep your folded hoodies in a designated section in your room. This may be a specific drawer or space in the wardrobe.

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