Thursday, 18 August 2011

Folding T-shirts The Japanese Way

There’s another way to fold t-shirts?!!

Yes folks there is, although apparently the most efficient way to pack is to roll everything up – but that's another story entirely.

Although this method of folding can be a little confusing at first, it is quick and efficient once mastered so let me outline it here for you.

This was first shown to me by my good friend Tom, but apparently this is how it’s done in Japan. Anyway, onto the instructions:

1. Lay the t-shirt down flat, with the front side up and turn it so that you are looking at it from the side.

2. Imagine a vertical line that cuts the t-shirt across the middle. You want to use the thumb and forefinger of your right hand to grab the t-shirt about three quarters of the way up this line. Lets call this point A.

3. Now with the thumb and forefinger of your left hand, you want to grab a spot parallel to point A at the top end of the t-shirt (so it should be near the collar area but slightly further up). Lets call this point B.

With us so far? Now comes the tricky part…

4. Point B passes over where you are holding point A, all the way over to the bottom end of the t-shirt. We will call this point C. (Note: all three points should be in a straight line).

5. Hold points B and C together and then pull point A through and out from the middle towards you. If done correctly (and with the use of gravity as you hold it out in front of you) the t-shirt should start to resemble a rectangular shape.

6. Lay the shirt down and fold it once in half towards you and you should end up with a perfectly folded t-shirt.

Confused? Well, screw it – just watch this video instead!

As anyone who knows me well can attest, I own a ridiculous and wholly impractical number of t-shirts. I do like to keep them neatly folded so this method has proved very useful to me.

Now, unless you haven’t already been fumbling along in an attempt to follow my inept instructions, go try it out now!

17 Aug 2011

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