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😤😆😧 If you are looking to conserve space in a suitcase or drawer, consider rolling your items instead of folding them. When you are rolling clothing, it is imperative that you smooth out wrinkles as you fold and roll the item. Avoid rolling clothing made of delicate and/or stiff material—rolling these items may damage and wrinkle the material.
Method 1Method 1 of 4:Rolling Tops
- 1Lay the shirt face-down on a flat surface. Carefully smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.XResearch sourceSmoothing out wrinkles is an essential step. Rolling creases into a shirt will cause the wrinkles to set.
- You should only roll medium-weight shirts. Delicate and stiff materials will wrinkle.
- If you do roll shirts made from delicate and stiff materials, You will have to iron or dry clean these shirts before wearing them.XResearch source
- 2Fold the sleeves towards the center. Take the left sleeve and fold it in towards the shirt’s center. Take the right sleeve and place it on top of the left sleeve. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.XResearch source
- If you are rolling a long sleeve shirt, fold the sleeves diagonally across the back of the shirt so that they form an "X." Smooth out any wrinkles.
- If you are folding a collared shirt, unfold the collar. Smooth out any wrinkles.XResearch source
- 3Roll the shirt. Grab the bottom hem and fold it up approximately one inch. Smooth out any wrinkles. Roll the shirt from the hem to the collar as tightly as desired. As you roll, continue to smooth out wrinkles.
- You can store your rolled shirts in a drawer.
- If you are packing for a trip, place your rolled shirts in a 1 gallon plastic bag. This will prevent the shirts from unrolling.XResearch source
Method 2Method 2 of 4:Rolling Pants
- 1Place the pants on a flat surface. Set down the pants so that the wait is closest to you. With your hands, carefully smooth out the wrinkles.
- Neglecting to smooth out wrinkles will cause the creases to set.XResearch source
- 2Fold the pants in half. When you fold the pants, the back pockets should be facing out. Use your hands to smooth out the material.
- Avoid rolling pants made from materials that are prone to wrinkle, like linen.XResearch source
- 3Roll the pants. Starting at the waist, tightly roll the pants towards the hem of each pant leg. While you roll, smooth out any wrinkles that appear.
- To keep your roll straight and even, roll the pants with two hands.XResearch source
Method 3Method 3 of 4:Rolling Skirts
- 1Set the skirt on a flat surface. Position the skirt so that the top is facing up and the waist is closest to you. Smooth out the material to remove any wrinkles and creases.
- If you roll creased material, the wrinkles will set in the fabric.XResearch source
- 2Fold the skirt in thirds. Fold the left side of the skirt over the item’s center. Place the right side of the skirt on top of the left side.
- Between each fold, smooth out the material.XResearch source
- 3Roll the skirt. Use two hands to roll the skirt from the waist to the hem. While you roll, smooth out any wrinkles that appear.
- Roll away from your body, not towards your body.XResearch source
Method 4Method 4 of 4:Rolling Items that Tend to Wrinkle
- 1Place the item in a plastic garment bag. Put the wrinkle-prone item on a hanger. Slip a plastic garment bag over the item.
- The garment bag will help prevent the item from wrinkling.XResearch source
- 2Lay the garment bag on a flat surface. Place the item so that the hanger is furthest away from you. Take time to smooth out wrinkles in the item and garment bag with your hands.
- Smoothing out the creases and folds will protect your garment from set in wrinkles.XResearch source
- 3Fold and roll the garment bag. Fold the left and right sides of the garment bag in towards the center. Fold up the excess plastic at the bottom of the bag. Starting at the hem, loosely roll the item up towards the hanger.
- As you fold and roll the item, smooth out any wrinkles or creases that appear.XResearch source
- QuestionDoes rolling clothes save space?Julie NaylonJulie Naylon is the Founder of No Wire Hangers, a professional organizing service based out of Los Angeles, California. No Wire Hangers provides residential and office organizing and consulting services. Julie's work has been featured in Daily Candy, Marie Claire, and Architectural Digest, and she has appeared on The Conan O’Brien Show. In 2009 at The Los Angeles Organizing Awards she was honored with “The Most Eco-Friendly Organizer”.
Professional OrganizerProfessional OrganizerExpert AnswerYes! Plus, if you're packing boots or another item that's going to leave open space, you can put rolled socks or other items inside of that space to fill it.
- QuestionHow do I roll shirts with collars?Community AnswerYou can unfold the collar and just treat it as part of the shirt, or you can put a sock or something inside the collar to keep it folded correctly while you roll it.
- QuestionCan I use these methods to roll shirts that aren't t-shirts?Community AnswerYes, you can. Just follow the same steps to folding a t-shirt. If your shirt has longer sleeves, fold them in so that they don't poke out the side.
- QuestionHow do I roll longer dresses?Community AnswerTry folding them in half first, then rolling them from the top to the bottom.
- QuestionHow can I roll broomstick skirts?Community AnswerFold them in half and roll from the top to the bottom. If they are still too wavy, fold the corners in before you roll them.
- QuestionHow can I roll pants that have a crease in them to maintain the crease?Community AnswerInstead, just fold them. It makes it a lot easier to maintain the crease, and one pair of folded pants won't hurt.
- QuestionHow do you roll shorts?Community AnswerYou may roll shorts in the same way you would roll pants.
- QuestionCan you roll a suit or blazer?Community AnswerYou probably shouldn't because you will get wrinkles. A garment bag is a better idea.
- QuestionHow should I store net mesh shrugs? I have several and I assume hanging will stretch them. Should I roll them or fold them?Community AnswerFolding is best.
- QuestionCan I roll socks?Community AnswerYes, you can. To roll socks, place the socks over each other. Then, roll the socks from the bottom up, and tuck into the opening of the sock in the back.
- After you roll your clothes, place them in the suitcase with the opening in the roll against the bottom or pack the rolls tightly together to prevent them from unrolling.
About This Article
To roll clothes, start by laying the garment flat on a steady surface, and smooth out any wrinkles with your hands. For shirts, fold the sleeves toward the center, and grab the bottom hem of the shirt. Fold the hem up once and then begin rolling the shirt up to the neckline. To roll pants, fold the pants in half with the pockets facing out. Roll the pants with both hands from the waistline down to the ankle, smoothing any wrinkles as you fold the fabric. If you want to learn how to roll clothing that usually wrinkles, keep reading the article!