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How to Roll a T-shirt

By Shirtspace | Jun 08, 2020 |  Updated Oct 23, 2020

Burrito roll, Ranger roll, Army roll… who knew there were so many ways to roll a t-shirt? Well maybe you did, but many of us didn’t. And as it turns out, there are several advantages to knowing how to roll your t-shirt. From space-saving to time-saving, let’s break down how to roll a t-shirt. 

Ranger Roll or Army Roll

The Ranger roll comes from, you guessed it, the Army Rangers. Although it’s probably widely used across most branches of the military, it’s known as the Ranger roll to most.  

The Ranger roll is a space-saving roll that will have you packing your t-shirts nice and tight. The essential step in doing the Ranger roll correctly is in the tightness of the roll. Now, let’s walk through the steps. 

Step 1. 

Lay the t-shirt out on a smooth surface, making sure it’s nice and flat. 

Step 2. 

Fold approximately the bottom 3 inches of the shirt up and inside out. Make sure the corners are smooth and flat and both the front and the back of the shirt are folded upward equally. 


Step 3. 

Fold the sleeves over so that they align with the outside edge or seam of the shirt. 


Step 4. 

Fold one side of the shirt over and across the shirt so that the edge now aligns with the opposite side of the collar. 

Step 5. 

Fold the other side of the t-shirt across the shirt so it lays on top of the side you already folded in. Make sure everything is laying nice and flat at this point. 

Step 6.

Here's where the rolling part of the Ranger roll comes in. Start at the top of the shirt and begin to very tightly roll the shirt up. The key to success of the Ranger roll is that it’s rolled very tightly. 


Step 7.

Once you have the shirt rolled all the way to the top, simply grab the extra fabric from the fold at the bottom of the shirt stretch tightly over the rolled shirt, holding it in place. Once you’ve done this, you’ve successfully performed the Ranger t-shirt roll. 

A Word on the Burrito Roll. 

The burrito roll is essentially the Ranger roll without step 2 of the Ranger roll above. It’s basically a looser, less formal t-shirt roll, without the fabric holding itself in place. 

This style of roll is handy when you’re in a hurry or you’re rolling your t-shirts for simple storage or display. 

Whichever style of t-shirt roll works best for you, we think you’ll find it a more efficient way to store your tees. And you know what they say about rolling t-shirts- —once you roll, you never go back. No? They don’t say that? Sorry we were on a roll! (cringe).

Happy rolling people! 


Carla Lattimer - Aug 17, 2020

Thank you for this. I always wanted to know how to fold shirts.

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