How to fold shorts

How to fold shorts

Odds are, no matter how organized you want to be, the night before a vacation usually involves simply throwing sandals, swimsuits, and gauzy dresses haphazardly into your suitcase and trying to squeeze it shut with all your potentially necessary items inside. But, there’s a better way. While folding every. single. item. may seem daunting, finding out the right way to do it can make it much easier. For a summer trip, start in the most obvious place: how to fold shorts.

As a staple of your warm-weather travel wardrobe, you want to make sure that you arrive at your destination with your clothes wrinkle-free so you can hit the pool immediately. For the simplest way to correctly fold your favorite shorts, you’ll want to start with the most basic option. Fold them in half so that the two sides face each other with the zipper on the inside and the butt pockets facing outwards. Then, comes the one tricky part: remember to fold in the extra triangle of material so that there’s no excess fabric out of line. Lastly, fold the shorts in half so that they’re compact and that the bottoms line up with the waistband. You can choose to roll them as an alternative option to save space, but generally folding in half will help ensure they stay flat and don’t wrinkle unnecessarily.

One thing worth keeping in mind: not every pair of shorts is created equally. Denim shorts and sporty exercise styles are easiest to fold and pack, but some more fashion-forward choices like a paper-bag waist short or a pair of leather culottes may need a little bit of practice to get right. Make sure you’re folding them on a flat surface and have loosed any cinched waists as much as possible so that the shorts lay flat. And, when in doubt, you may want to remember to bring along a steamer just in case any pesky wrinkles persist.

Below, find a few methods for folding shorts that will come in handy.

The video above gives a simple explanation based on the KonMarie method, a style of organizing championed by Marie Kondo that focuses on appreciating the clothes that you have and caring for them in the best way possible.

To fold spandex shorts, try the video above which breaks down how to get them down to a small square employing some of the same tips as the Konmari video.

The TikTok video above includes three clever ways for folding your shorts that you may want to practice a few times ahead of your next trip. One method even exemplifies how to fold them in a way that allows you to tuck them into themselves, meaning they’ll stay in the same shape no matter how jostled your luggage might get.

How to fold shorts

3. Once you have your pieces cut out and notched, start with matching and ironing your pleats. Work from the right side of the fabric facing you. Fold the from the middle notch, folding back the notch closest to the pocket. Baste pleats in place.

How to fold shorts

How to fold shorts

How to fold shorts

How to fold shorts


4. Match top pocket bag with the front of the shorts, good side to good side. Stitch pocket in place with a 1 cm seam allowance. Press and serge or zig-zag the raw edges.

*Optional: Edge stitch on the top pocket bag for a cleaner finish. Remember to catch the seam allowance on the wrong side.

5. Align the bottom and top pocket bag. Stitch and finish the raw edges.

6. Baste the top of pocket bag to the front of the shorts to prevent it from moving around.

7. With the right sides together, line up the back and front side seams and inseams of the shorts. Stitch, press, and lastly, serge or zig-zag the raw edges.

8. Repeat steps 4-7 for the other leg.

How to fold shorts

Crotch Seam

9. One leg at a time, place the front and back leg pieces right sides together. Pin from the crotch point down to the hem of the shorts. Pin the sides of the shorts together. Backstitching at the beginning and at the end, sew these two pieces together. Repeat for the other leg.

10. When the seams are all nicely pressed, we’re going to join the two separate leg pieces together by placing one leg inside the other and sewing around the crotch curve.

With one leg the right way out and the other leg inside out. Place the inside out leg into the right sides out one, so that right sides are together.

11. Line up the crotch seam, making sure to match the edges, notches and the inside leg seams. Pin the two legs together and stitch in place. Remember seam allowance is still 1 cm all the way around.

12. Once this is done, press the seam allowance open all the way around. It’s quite a tricky area to press, so you might find a tailor’s ham or sausage will help.

How to fold shorts

How to fold shorts

Waistband – Interfacing

13. Place the interfacing glue side down, on the wrong side of the front waistband. Make sure to place it 1 centimetre away from the side and bottom edges of the waistband. Iron with the appropriate heat setting.

14. Match the waistband side seams, stitch and press. Matching the long sides together, fold the waistband in half and press.

15. Align top edges of shorts and interfaced section of the waistband together, pin, and stitch in place.

16. Press the seams upwards into the waistband. The goal is to hide the seams in between the waistband.

  • Press the unfinished outer edge of the waistband in towards the wrong side. This edge should be pressed approximately 2-3 mm less than the final seam allowance for this edge. For example, if the waistband seam allowance is 3⁄8″ (1 cm), this edge of the waistband should be pressed 7-8 mm.

17. Now match up the edge of the elastic with the waistband side seams whilst carefully aligning it between the fold and stitched edge of the waistband. Pin in place at the side seams, ditch stitch elastic in place. Attach a safety pin to the other end of the elastic so that you can pull the elastic through the back of the waistband later.

18. Time to close off majority of the waistband! The folded edge should be neatly pinned along the seam so that it covers the stitch line. Make sure to insert the pin directly into the ditch of the seam, securing the underside of the binding.

Pin from the right side of the garment for easier removal when you sew. Leave a gap about 6-8 cm wide at the waistband side seam so that you can pull the elastic through the back of the waistband later.

* Check that the pins have captured the folded binding edge on the underside of the garment.

How to fold shorts

19. Use the edge joining foot if you have one to complete the next step, it will make your life easier! A regular foot will work but will require more patience. Place the machine’s needle in the ditch of the seam. Sew slowly and pull the fabric lightly on either side of the needle as you guide it through the ditch. Remove the pins as you approach them. The finished stitch is invisible on the right side of your garment while capturing the inside folded edge.

20. Finally! Time to pull the elastic through the back casing of the waistband. Grab onto the safety pin while pushing excess fabric towards the opposite end of the gap, eventually exposing the elastic.

21. Again, align the edge of the elastic with the waistband side seam whilst carefully aligning it between the fold and stitched edge of the waistband. Pin in place at the side seams, ditch stitch elastic in place.

22. Close off the gap using the same ditch stitch method.

Introduction: How to Fold Shorts Air Force BMT Style

How to fold shorts

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How to fold shorts

How to fold shorts

How to fold shorts

This is a way to fold your shorts, it is easy and room saving.

Step 1: What to Do.

First get a pair of shorts and fold the crotch to make a rectangle.

Step 2: Fold

Fold the legs of the pants to the bottom edge of waste band.

Step 3: Fold

Fold one side to the center and do the same for the other.

Step 4: Fold

Fold it in half and your shorts are folded USAF Basic Military Training style. This will also come in handy for Civil Air Patrol or Young Marines.

What would Things That Fold be without a little homage to the guru of all things folding, Marie Kondo? Even though I haven’t gone full KonMari (yet), her empathetic and functional style has changed my life. After reading her book and bingeing her Netflix special, I finally learned how to part with the quasi-sentimental items that apartment dwellers must ruthlessly confront on a regular basis. Note I didn’t say sentimental items, I’m still working on that one!

Anyways, with the newest addition to our family I realized that one tiny “bedroom”, if you could even call it a bedroom, with one closet, had to fit all of the clothes for both of my kids, not to mention all of the other stuff that kids need. As one is a baby and one is a preschooler, that is a WHOLE LOT OF TINY CLOTHES. Kids grow so quickly that I try to stock up on on sale items in every size and wait for the kids to grow into them.

So this means that every nook and cranny of that closet has to be used to perfection. There is no space to waste. The kids need blankets, crib sheets, winter pajamas, summer pajamas, socks, underwear, long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, bathing suits, hats, gloves, leggings, pants, shorts, tights, sweaters, jackets, dresses and, my personal favorite, a tiny tuxedo. For real we go to a lot of weddings.

In order to cram all of this stuff into such a tiny space it needs to be folded just so. Enter the genius wisdom of Marie Kondo. Watching this lady fold clothes is like watching Serena Williams serve ace after ace after ace. Perfection, every single time.

Now I’m not exactly striving for the same echelon as Marie Kondo. I fold laundry with the help of my four-year-old, who gets an A for effort but even with the help of one of those nifty folding boards (stay tuned for our upcoming review!), well let’s just say that he is more, ahem, creative in his interpretation of her technique.

I try to give him the easy things to fold, like shorts. They are relatively small, fairly symmetrical, and generally less complicated than, say, a button down shirt. Marie Kondo has a really awesome way to fold shorts, because of course she does.

Like all of her folding, the goal is to make everything visible at all times. She achieves this by making clothing stand up so it can all be viewed from above. Each item is folded into a rectangle of the same size, and filed next to, not on top of, the other items.

In order to get that perfect rectangle when folding shorts she makes sure to tuck in the tiny part of the pants that protrudes from the seat. When your shorts are folded in half vertically you will notice this little part that extends to make room for your bottom. Simply fold it in towards the center before continuing to fold the shorts in half again, this time horizontally. A little tricky for a four-year-old but he’s catching on quickly.

I may never reach the level where I “convey love to my clothes from the palms of my hands”, but I can definitely appreciate a well-organized closet!

KonMari Method of Folding Light Shorts

Marie Kondo’s method of folding light shorts has three steps:

  1. Fold the shorts vertically in half
  2. Tuck in the extra fabric that protrudes from the back
  3. Fold the shorts again, horizontally
  • Folding Light Shorts
  • Step 1: Fold in Half Vertically
  • Step 2: Tuck in Extra Fabric
  • Step 3: Fold in Half Horizontally

KonMari Method of Folding Thicker Shorts

Marie Kondo’s method of folding heavier shorts has only two steps:

  1. Fold the shorts vertically in thirds
  2. Fold the shorts again, horizontally
  • Folding Heavy Shorts
  • Step 1: Fold one third of the shorts in vertically towards the center
  • Step 2: Fold the other third of the shorts in vertically towards the center
  • Step 3: Fold the shorts in half horizontally

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How to fold shorts

Shopping for new pants and jeans may be fun, but storing them all can be a challenge. If you’ve found that your dresser drawers are filled to the brim and your closet is overflowing, it may be time to do some re-organizing! Both jeans and pants can be bulky items to store and take up way more room than they should, but we have seven space-saving methods that you can use to fold and store them in a neat and organized way that maximizes closet space and keeps your clothes as wrinkle-free as possible. Keep reading for tips and tricks for folding jeans and other types of pants.

Roll and Tuck

Take a pair of jeans and lay them out flat, getting rid of any major wrinkles or creases. You want to make sure there are as few creases in the pants as possible so that they are ready to wear when you need them. Fold them over lengthwise, one pant leg over the other, and flatten them out again. Then, take the pant leg that's on top and at the knee mark, lift it and fold it over diagonally. Starting at the waistband, begin to tightly roll the jeans, leaving out the diagonally folded pant leg. Once you are done, insert the rolled pants into the pant leg that was left out.

Fold Them Flat

Unfold a pair of pants and straighten them out on a flat surface. Get rid of any large creases, then fold them over lengthwise. Take the waistband end and fold it over to the center of the pants, then do the same with the hemmed end, so that the two ends meet in the middle. Fold one half over the other and flatten it out so the fold is nice and neat.

Fold the Legs

Lay a pair of jeans out on a flat surface, with the front side facing up. Take the bottom of one pant leg and fold it over to the knee mark, then fold it over again up to approximately the top of the front pockets. Do the same with the other pant leg, then fold one side over the other, so you have a neat fold with the back pockets showing on both the top and bottom side of the folded jeans.

Jelly Roll Them

Another great space-saving way to fold pants is to roll them like a jelly roll. Start out the same way as you would with all the other folding methods, by laying the pants flat on a large surface. Straighten them out and fold them over lengthwise. Starting at the hemmed end, tightly start rolling the pants, adjusting the direction and flattening out any wrinkles as necessary. Continue until you reach the waistband and the pants are fully rolled into what looks like a jelly roll.

Alternative Storage Solutions

If you don't necessarily want to fold your pants and jeans and would rather store them in your closet and not a dresser drawer, here are additional storage options for both casual and dress pants.

Hang Them by the Waistband

For dress pants that you want to keep neatly pressed, use hangers with clips. Fold the pants over lengthwise, then attach the clips at the top of the waistband and hang them up. This will prevent them from stretching out and getting creased, and they'll be ready to wear anytime you pull them out.

Hang Them by the Cuffs

Alternately, you can also hang dress pants by the cuffs. Instead of using hangers with clips, use ones with clamps that won't put any indent marks into the cuffs. Make sure that if you are using this or the above hanging method, you hang the pants high enough in your closet so that they don't touch the floor or other garments below them to prevent creasing.

Fold Them Over a Hanger

For more casual pants or jeans, use non-slip velvet or wooden hangers. As with the aforementioned folding methods, start by laying the pants out flat, then folding them over lengthwise and placing them over the bar on a hanger. This is a great space-saving method as it doesn't take up much vertical space in your closet, and the pants are folded over to be thin and not bulky.

We’ve previously discussed the importance of bringing a basketball backpack or duffle bag to your game or practice. Brining a basketball bag or duffle bag with you to practice and games will help to ensure that you don’t forget anything necessary for the event and will help you to keep all your basketball supplies neat and organized.

And speaking of neat and organized, you will also want to ensure that your basketball uniform, both the jersey and the shirt, are neatly organized and folded. However, we’ve heard from many basketball players that they are unsure of the optimal way to fold a pair of basketball shorts.

That is why, below, we are going to walk you, step-by-step, on how to fold basketball shorts.

Why Fold Basketball Shorts?

Unfortunately, all too often, players will simply wash their basketball jerseys and shorts and toss them back into the closet or their backpack or duffle bag. While this isn’t inherently wrong, it is not an ideal solution for long-term use and will result in a fading of the jersey colors.

In addition, by simply throwing your jersey and shorts into your bag, you are risking wrinkling your clothes and the uniform. While you may not care or may believe it to be not a big deal, it is, actually, quite unprofessional and immature to show up to either practice or a game with a wrinkled jersey.

To save yourself the embarrassment and to help yourself appear more professional and put-together, we are going to guide you on how to fold your basketball shorts.

Different Types of Basketball Shorts

Within the game of basketball, there are a number of different types of shorts available. These shorts range in comfortability, style, appearance, and fit. However, they all get the job done and are able to keep up with you and your movement during the game.

Below, we are going to list some of our own personal favorites and some of the best basketball shorts to buy in 2021-2022.

Nike Dri-FIT the Nike Dri-FIT is the pinnacle of athletic shorts technology. If you’re serious about the game and your own games performance, then the Nike Dri-FIT shorts are a must have in your wardrobe. The Nike Dri-FIT’s are not only extremely comfortable but they provide a level of breathability that no other short does. We highly recommend these shorts and would encourage stocking up on them for all your basketball needs.

Adidas Boys Athletic Shorts if you want a simple basketball short that still shows off your style and fashion, then the Adidas Boys Athletic Shorts should be your go to. These shorts are comfortable and provide breathability, though perhaps not as great as the Nike Dri-FIT’s. But, if you are looking for a more affordable solution and still want something fashionable, then this is a great choice.

Liberty Imports Liberty Imports comes as a pair of five for one simple, low price. These shorts are a bit longer in length, coming down below your knees. They are also colorful and stylish, making them great for wearing day-in and day-out and for mixing up with your wardrobe.

Under Armour Men’s Tech Graphic Shorts Under Armour also makes a great basketball short. We’ve opted for this one as we liked the length, not too long past the knee, but not too short above it. The length stands at an upper-knee length and fits nicely and comfortably. These shorts also have fast drying technology, so any sweat or water spilled cleans up quickly and easily.

Step-by-Step Folding Basketball Shorts

As basketball shorts come in many different materials, they can often be flimsy, bulky, and difficult to handle. Also, depending on which pair you have, they can be difficult to place and due to their length may be more difficult to fold.

With all that said, generally, folding basketball shorts is pretty straightforward.

Keeping your clothes organized may seem easy: you just put things away when they’re clean, right? Unfortunately for our time and patience, a neat wardrobe involves much more effort than that. Different clothes in our wardrobe need different approaches to folding so they can look good and stay as wrinkle-free as possible.

You should also apply this logic when you’re folding shorts. They take up relatively little space and are fairly symmetrical, thus, less complicated than items like button-down shirts. However, you should still determine the best way to fold shorts by their style and material. Are you confused yet? We’ve put together an easy, comprehensive guide on how to fold shorts.

How to Fold Casual Shorts

Casual shorts come in all shapes and sizes. From long lounge shorts to trendy cargo and retro styles, folding shorts to save space means you have to make considerations for each style. Simple shorts, like trousers, are pretty straightforward. It is the bulky kind that requires a special technique. Below, we’ve broken down the steps for folding even the trickiest materials.

How to fold jean shorts:

  1. Smooth out the pockets by inserting your hands into each pocket hole.
  2. Hold the shorts upright and shake them out before laying them down on your folding surface.
  3. Fold one leg over the other, making sure to line up the short’s legs so that the seams remain on the outside. This helps to prevent wrinkles.
  4. Fold the shorts in half or more, depending on space.

Note: Because jeans can be bulky, it’s better to leave out the crotch rather than tuck it into the sides before folding.

For heavier shorts like cargo shorts:

  1. Button the waistband
  2. Smooth out the pockets.
  3. Fold the shorts vertically in thirds: One third towards the center, the same for a third of the other leg to create an overlap.
  4. Fold them once horizontally.

How to Fold Athletic Shorts

Athletic shorts come in different materials— polyester, nylon, and other fabrics which are often flimsy and sometimes bulky. Depending on the pair, it can be hard to get them to sit the way you would like. The best way to fold basketball shorts may differ from running shorts due to size, but the technique is generally the same.

  1. If your shorts have an elastic waist or are bunched up by the drawstring, undo the string and flatten it out as much as possible. Tie the drawstring in a loose knot so you don’t lose it in the depths of the waistband.
  2. Align your shorts on one leg and tuck in the crotch area.
  3. Take the bottom of the legs and fold them to just below the waistband.
  4. Fold them once again, this time lining the bottom end up with the waistband.

How to Fold Dressy Shorts

When looking at how to fold shorts of this kind, the aim should be to reduce creasing as much as possible.

  1. Button the waistband.
  2. Shake the shorts out before placing them down.
  3. Lay them out flat, with the front side facing up.
  4. Fold one leg over the over, making sure to line up the short’s legs so that seams remain on the outside.
  5. If the seat or crotch area sticks out, fold it over the legs of the shorts. Tucking it in will lead to bunching and extra wrinkling.
  6. Fold the shorts in half lengthwise. If they are short, one fold is enough. But you can fold longer shorts into thirds.

How to Fold Shorts for Travel

When you’re traveling, the less space your clothes take up, the better. This is why people love the rolling method of folding for a travel bag. This method works especially well for shorts.

  1. Lay out the shorts after shaking them out to smoothen.
  2. Roll them out from the waistband to the leg opening, making sure to avoid bunching and wrinkles by smoothing them out as you go.

Folding Tips

As we mentioned before, how to fold shorts to save space depends a lot on the size and style of the pair. Apart from using the appropriate technique, you can take some steps to ensure a neat fold.

  1. While you may want to get a perfect rectangle by tucking in the part that protrudes from the seat, be mindful of the material and creasing. Thick materials can lead to extra bulk, which takes up more space in the closet, while other materials will end up with an ugly crease.
  2. Always smooth out your shorts before folding them.
  3. Shaking out your shorts helps to make the process easier.
  4. Always make sure to close buttons, whether at the crotch or pockets, before folding.

How to Create the Most Space Folding

The standard practice of stacking clothes in your wardrobe is one of the least optimized for storage space. This is where the popular “Konmari Method” comes into play. Popularized by Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo, this method is a simple space optimization technique that vertically arranges your clothes in a file, as opposed to stacking them on top of one other. You’ll also make it easier to take your shorts out without distorting the rest of the arrangement.

If you choose to stack your folded shorts, place them with the waistbands facing opposite directions to offset some of the bulk.

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What is the best way to fold clothes to save space in a suitcase?

Rolling. This is one of the best techniques when we need to save a lot of space. It means tightly rolling the clothes and putting them in a suitcase in the form of rolls.

How do you roll short shorts for packing?

How do you fold jean shorts for packing?

How to pack jeans: Lay the jeans flat and fold in half lengthwise. Lift one pant leg and fold it up diagonally. This piece will eventually cover the entire pair of jeans! Roll pants starting at the waist, leaving the diagonal piece out. Tuck the rolled denim into the extra pant leg.

Is it better to roll or fold clothes in suitcase?

Tightly rolling your clothes allows for much more compact packing. Yes, it can take a little longer. But you will be able to fit more clothes in your bag and reduce creases.

How do you store shorts on a shelf?

To get shorts to stack neatly in the drawer or on the shelf, stack with the waistbands facing opposite directions. For example, when stacking folded shorts place one pair with waistband on the left. The next pair should have the waistband on the right, and so on. This ensures the stack is nice, smooth and sturdy.

Does rolling clothes save space?

While rolling clothes helps you maximize your space (by filling the bag from edge to edge), it doesn’t really save you space. If you really want to fit more clothes in a bag, use a compression sack and put thought into the type of clothing you’re packing.

Does rolling clothes save space in drawers?

There are a few methods, like army rolling, also called “ranger rolling,” which keeps things snugly bundled, or a looser style that I call a “burrito wrap.” The advantages of either: Your clothes will have fewer creases, you can easily find what you need, and, depending on how you organize them, you can store a lot Jan 15, 2019.

How do you fold casual shorts?

Hold the shorts upright and shake them out before laying them down on your folding surface. Fold one leg over the other, making sure to line up the short’s legs so that the seams remain on the outside. This helps to prevent wrinkles. Fold the shorts in half or more, depending on space.

Should sweaters be hung or folded?

Sweaters. Even with slimline hangers, wool, cashmere, and angora will stretch when hung, so it’s always best to fold your sweaters to keep their shape. That said, if you’re tight on shelf space, fold your sweater in half once and lay it over the bar of a hanger.

Which packing method saves the most space?

Rolling has been said to be the method of packing that will help people save space. Why? Because it compresses the clothing while also making it easier to stack and pack into a tiny section of your bag or suitcase.

How do I maximize my luggage space?

Best Way to Pack a Suitcase to Maximize Space – 9 Tips That Work Use Packing Cubes. How to Fold Clothes to Save Space in Luggage. Choose the Right Luggage. Utilise Unused Space When Packing a Suitcase. Pack Travel-Sized Items. Choose Multi-Purpose Items. Reduce Shoes in Your Luggage. Pack Only What You Need.

What is the Marie Kondo method?

The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.

Should I hang or fold cashmere sweaters?

Well, as fate would have it, the general consensus is that sweaters are meant to be folded. StyleCaster explains that “wool, cashmere, and angora will stretch when hung,” and, as such, “it’s always best to fold your sweaters to keep their shape.” For her part, Martha Stewart agrees.

Does rolling clothes prevent wrinkles?

Rolling is the best way to keep your clothes wrinkle-free since your clothes are tightly rolled without hard creases. To avoid creases, fold your clothes along the seams and smooth out any wrinkles. If your clothes are wrinkled when you pack them, they’ll be wrinkled when you take them out of your bag.

What is the best way to pack a suitcase?

Roll and Fold Items Using a bit of each packing technique is the most efficient way to get things into your suitcase. Roll softer garments and fold stiffer ones. Underwear, T-shirts, jeans, cotton pants, and knitwear won’t wrinkle when rolled tightly, says Judy Gilford, author of The Packing Book ($13,

Does rolling ruin clothes?

Rolling is great for T-shirts, pants, casual dresses, swimsuits, and pajamas, but not so good for bulky clothes, like sweaters. They can take up more space when rolled versus folded. It’s harder to roll button-up shirts, and rolling is more likely to cause creases in them because the fabric gets bunched up as it rolls.

How do you fold and put clothes down quickly?

To make the putting away task a easier, assign each family member their own laundry basket. Line up all the empty baskets near your folding pile. As you fold, place the folded clothes in the correct basket for each person. Then it’s just a matter of delivering each basket to the correct bedroom.

How long should it take to fold clothes?

For an average load of laundry, it takes a person about 20 minutes to fold clothes. This may differ based on load size and how fast you are at folding. Total: 40 minutes per week.

What is the 311 rule?

Each passenger may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or100 milliliters. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols.

How to fold shorts

Military clothes folding is an entire topic in itself. While you will be taught to fold your clothes military style during basic training, it does not hurt to learn ahead and get as much practice as you can before you go into training.

Today’s article doubles as a guide on how to fold pants military style. We will cover everything you need to prepare and do. For the insider tips and other essential information, make sure you read the rest of this article.

To summarize, the steps to fold military pants are:

  • Lay the pants out and smooth any creases and wrinkles
  • Turn the waistband inside out and flatten the pockets
  • Flip the pants and flatten the pants again
  • Fold one pant leg over the other to form a rectangular shape
  • Fold the ankles up and smooth out any creases and wrinkles
  • Roll the pants upwards, starting from the bottom
  • Wrap the rolled pants into a mini burrito

Table of Contents

Step-by-step Guide – Folding Military Pants

How to fold shorts

The correct term to use here is “roll”. You are actually folding instead of rolling.

What You Will Need to Have

Obviously, you will need a few pairs of pants to practice with. You will also need a flat surface, such as a tabletop or bed. Once you have these two things, proceed to the next section for step-by-step instructions on folding pants military style.

What You Will Need to Do

Here is how to roll pants military style:

Step 1: Lay the pants out and smooth any creases and wrinkles

Begin by laying the pants on a flat surface. Then, smooth out any creases and wrinkles using your hands.

Top Tip: Prior to this step, you should also give the pants a shake to straighten and check the pockets for any items. Also, make sure that any buttons and zippers are fastened.

Step 2: Turn the waistband inside out and flatten the pockets

How to fold shorts

Next, hold the top of the pants and fold one or two-inch inwards. The waistband, along with the pockets should now be inside out. Flatten the pockets with your hands and make sure that there are no creases or wrinkles.

Step 3: Flip the pants and flatten the pants again

Flip your pants so that the zippers are no longer facing you. Again, flatten the pants with your hands.

Step 4: Fold one pant leg over the other to form a rectangular shape

How to fold shorts

Pick up one pant leg and fold it over the other pant leg, creasing slightly at the center crotch area. The pants should look like a rectangle.

Step 5: Fold the ankles up and smooth out any creases and wrinkles

Now, take the ankles and fold them up one or two-inch. Smooth out any creases and wrinkles as well.

Step 6: Roll the pants upwards, starting from the bottom

Then, lift the bottom of the pant legs and start rolling. Go from the bottom to the top; don’t stop until you reach the inside-out top. Roll tightly to make it compact and space-saving. Flatten the sides while rolling upwards.

Note: Do not skip this step if the top is unfolding as you roll. It will ensure that your pants look neat in the end.

Step 7: Wrap the rolled pants into a mini burrito

How to fold shorts

Once you reach the top of the pants, you should be able to find a little pouch on the backside of the roll. Take the pouch and pull it forward to wrap around the entire roll. This will lock it into place like a mini burrito. Tuck any loose fabric into the roll’s center. This makes it look neat and at the same time, secures it.

This method is also referred to as “ranger rolling”. It keeps pants wrinkle-free while also saving space in the dresser. Plus, ranger rolls work for more clothing items regardless of size. Hence, it is also popular for traveling purposes.

For more detailed visual guidance, watch this video on Youtube by Armygringo!


Now, you know how to fold pants military style. Next time you are asked to do so, you won’t have to hesitate. Try to fold a pair of pants using our instructions. Then, share the experience and result with us in the comments!

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