As a professional organizer, I’m often asked how to fold a hoodie. I have three different folding methods that I use. The differences between the folding methods mainly involve personal preference. You can choose which method works best for you.
Wondering how to fold a hoodie nicely? There’s not one right way to fold a hoodie. Choose the one that works best for your personality, your hoodies and the limits of your closet and dresser.
Should Hoodies Be Hung or Folded?
Whether you should fold or hang up your hoodies depends on several factors:
- How much hanging space you have as compared to space for folded clothes.
- The type of fabric the hoodie is made of.
- Delicate fabrics that wrinkle easily should be hung up.
- Fabric that will be stretched out from hanging on hanger should be folded.
- Thin fabric that is easily stretched on a hanger and will result in bumps on the shoulders from the hanger should be folded or hung with my how to hang a sweater trick.
- Thick, sturdy fabric can be hung up or folded.
- Your personal preference.
If you do choose to hang your hoodies, consider these factors:
- Choose hangers that won’t make the bat wing bumps on the shoulders of the hoodie.
- Use my How to Fold and Hang Sweaters hack.
If you choose to fold your hoodie consider:
- Decide which of the 3 folding styles shared below will work best for you.
- Adapt folding styles to work best for the size of your hoodie and your specific organizing limitations, like the size of your drawer or shelf.
The three different hoodie folding methods result in similar final results. You can choose which method works best for you and your situation.
How to Fold a Hoodie – 3 Different Ways
The hoodie I use in the tutorials does not have a design, so I find it best to fold the front on the inside so that the pockets and zipper don’t get caught on anything.
If you have hoodies with designs on the front that you want to see, fold the hoodie with the image on the outside.
Choose which is most important to you. You can fold some hoodies with the front on the outside so you can see the images and others with the front on the inside so that the pockets and zippers don’t get snagged. You don’t have to fold them all the same way.
Try different hoodie folding techniques and use the ones that work best for you.
How to Fold a Hoodie Quickly
This is my preferred method. It keeps the hoodie folded nicely and neatly but saves a couple of folding steps that are in the other folding styles.
Lay the hoodie out flat. Line up the bottom edges of the hoodie and smooth out wrinkles.
To quickly and neatly lay out the hoodie, I grab the hoodie from the bottom, like up the edges and give it a sharp shake. I then lay the hoodie down on the table. Lastly, I straighten out the sleeves and smooth out any wrinkles.
Fold the hood down neatly onto the body of the hoodie. Smooth out wrinkles and buckling in the fabric.
Fold the hoodie neatly in half with one sleeve on top of the other. Line up the side edges of the hoodie.
Fold the sleeves neatly back onto the body of the hoodie.
Fold the hoodie in half.
If your hoodie is long, you may want to fold the hoodie in thirds.
If the fabric is thick, folding the hoodie in half, rather than thirds, is often the best choice to keep it neat.
How to Fold a Hoodie Marie Kondo Style
This is also the more traditional folding style. The differences between the KonMari folding a hoodie and the traditional style are small differences.
Lay the hoodie out, like in step one above, and smooth out any wrinkles.
Neatly fold the hood down into the center of the body of the hoodie.
Fold the right side into the middle of the body and neatly fold the sleeve back and then down on top of the side you just folded in.
Fold the left side in the same manner as the first side.
Fold the hoodie in half by bringing the top down to the bottom of the hoodie.
With the KonMari method, you fold the bottom up one-third of the way and then fold that over so that you end up with a final size that is one-third the length of the hoodie.
Because I wear a small size, I choose to fold my hoodie in half so that it is a manageable size. If I fold it in thirds, it is too thick for the size of the final fold and doesn’t remain folded neatly.
Fold your hoodie either in half or in thirds, whichever works best for the size of your garment and the thickness of the fabric.
How to Fold a Hoodie into the Hood
Some people prefer to fold the body and sleeves of the hoodie into the hood to keep it more neatly contained. When the hoodie is folded in this way, the sleeves and sides of the hoodie don’t fall out of the neatly folded hoodie.
If the hoodie has drawstrings, you can pull them tight to keep the folded hoodie entirely contained in the hood.
Spread the hoodie out completely as in the first step in the above methods.
Fold the right side into the middle and fold the sleeve back and down onto the folded in side.
Note – you do not fold the hood down first in this method.
Fold the left side and sleeve into the middle as you did with the right side.
Note that you need to fold the sides far enough in so that the body of the hoodie is not wider than the hood.
Fold the bottom of the hoodie up a third of the way.
Fold the body of the hoodie up again. The fold should hit just below the opening of the hood.
Tuck the folded body neatly into the hood. If the hood has drawstrings, you can pull them tight to secure the folded hoodie in the hood.
You may choose to fold the body of the hoodie into fourths or in half, rather than thirds, depending on the size and thickness of your hoodie.
Regardless of how you fold a hoodie, the resulting folded hoodie is very similar. When you know how to fold a hoodie, you can choose the method that works best for you, your hoodie and your situation.
If you’re interested in how to fold a sweatshirt without a hood, I have a simple folding tutorial.
I’ve also shared more than 12 folding techniques for different clothing items, bedding and more in How to Fold Clothes & Linens and More.
Pin for later so you can always find these three tutorials on how to fold a hoodie.