DIY: FlipFold

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Debbee Barker, inventor of the FlipFold, said she created the hinged folder out of necessity -- a tool to teach her daughters to appropriately fold shirts. Her original FlipFold was made on her kitchen counter, but now Barker's ingenious item is mass marketed and sold in stores everywhere. It has been a folding solution for homes and retail clothing businesses alike. If you want to give the basic principle of FlipFolding a try, you can make one of your own from cardboard until you can pick up a brand name one.

Things You'll Need

  • 27x27-inch square of heavy cardboard
  • Ruler or Tape Measure
  • Box Cutter
  • Pencil

Make the Folding Board

  • Measure a 27-inch square on a piece of heavy weight cardboard. Use the pencil to clearly mark the measurements.

  • Use the box cutter to cut along the marked lines, cutting out the square.

  • Use the ruler or tape measure to divide the square into three equal segments. Each will be 9 inches wide. Draw the two lines with the pencil.

  • Measure the center section of cardboard, marking it with the pencil 13.5 inches across the width of the middle third.

  • Use the box cutter to cut half way up each of the lines that divides the cardboard into thirds. Do not cut past the half-way mark on the middle section.

  • Fold the two outer sections inward to create a vertical "hinge" effect.

  • Fold the middle section upward on the line marked across its center. This creates a horizontal "hinge" effect.

Use the Folding Board

  • Lie the board flat with its "hinged" flaps facing upward.

  • Center a shirt front side down on the cardboard. Smooth the arms out across the width of the board.

  • Fold the left flap in, then back out. This will fold the sleeve to the back side of the shirt.

  • Fold the right flap in, then back out. This will fold the sleeve to the back side of the shirt.

  • Fold the lower half of the middle section up, then back down. This folds up the bottom portion of the shirt and completes the folding process. Remove the shirt and store.

Tips & Warnings

  • The cardboard folding board will wear. Consider buying the brand name FlipFold.
  • The FlipFold is made of durable plastic; holes in it help reduce static.
  • The FlipFold is a good way to interest children in helping with laundry chores.
  • Use extra caution when using a box cutter.

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