How to Use a Folding Board


If you work in fashion retail, chances are you'll come in contact with a folding board at some point. These rectangular pieces of plastic resemble cutting boards, come in various sizes, and are used to create identical folds so stacks of shirts and sweaters look symmetrical and neat on display racks.

Things You'll Need

  • Folding board
  • Shirt
  • Place shirt face-down on a table, and position the folding board in the center of the shirt.

  • Fold sleeves back, toward the center of the board. For long-sleeved shirts, fold the sleeves diagonally toward the bottom, then crease the halfway point up toward the collar. Sleeves should be completely contained within the shirt.

  • Make sure the sides of the shirt are folded back along with the sleeves. Fabric should be cradling the board on either side.

  • Slide the board slightly upward and crease the bottom seam over the the board. This should create neat, straight folds on all sides of the shirt, except the collar.

  • Pull the folding board up to the point where one more crease will fold the remaining shirt in half.

  • Slide the folding board out of the top of the shirt and flip the shirt over. You should now have a neatly folded shirt ready for the display rack!

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