How to Fold a Paper Letter

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Fold a letter to fit the size of the envelope.
Fold a letter to fit the size of the envelope. (Image: envelopes image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Image is everything, especially in the business world. If you have a small business or have recently taken your place in the business world, you may find yourself sending out numerous letters. Whether these letters are to stimulate interest or have promotional purposes, their appearance will affect the opinions of your potential customers. A properly folded letter showcases your attention to detail and the pride you take in all things that reflect upon your business.

Letters to Fit in a No. 10 Envelope

Lay the letter face up on a clean, flat surface.

Grasp the bottom edge of the paper at its center point.

Bring the bottom, center edge up towards the paper’s top, slightly less than 1/3 of the paper’s length.

Crease the entire length of the bottom to create the first fold.

Fold the top of the paper down to approximately 1/2-inch of the bottom crease.

Crease the entire length of the top fold.

Letters to Fit in a Small Business or Personal Size Envelope

Lay the letter face up on a clean, flat surface.

Grasp the letter at its bottom, center point.

Bring the bottom, center point up within 1/2-inch of the paper’s top edge.

Crease the entire length of the bottom edge.

Grasp the letter at its center right edge, and fold it to the left at approximately 1/3 of the paper’s length.

Grasp the letter at its center left edge, and fold it within 1/2-inch of the previous fold.

Crease both right and left folds.

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