I love to fold laundry like I love chocolate covered worms (pardon me while I puke.)
I’m a laundry hater and my folding skills are sub-par. I needed a DIY folding board.
I used to have a nice big pool table that served as “folding table,” dresser, closet, and general keeper of all fabric items in our house.
We ended up selling it when we moved so I have laundry baskets in the living room holding the clean laundry until I decide to fold them (never).
Then something magical happened. I looked high and low for actionable advice on getting kids to help with laundry but never found anything! So I made a kids diy shirt folder. This is a laundry life saver! My life was changed.
My kids gained the ability to follow simple instructions. And ta-dah! A portion of the laundry became their responsibility. They do it perfectly…because I made them DIY kid-sized shirt folding boards. My kids fold laundry like retail store employees and we all love it.
Easy Folding Board DIY
I came up with a cheap method because kids grow (and grow) and easy because I like easy. By the time they’ve beaten the boards up, it will be time to make a slightly larger version. (updated: these boards lasted us 4 years.)
First I bought two foam core boards, grabbed scissors, an x-Acto knife, pencil, yardstick, and got fancy printed duck tape (with coupons–because I said cheap). I made two so they would not fight over one and I used the fancy tape to entice them to like it.
I took the foam board, which is 20″ by 30″ and cut 8″ off of the long end ending up with a piece 22″ by 20″. This part is “adjusted” to fit toddler through first grade sized clothing.
The important thing to remember is that the two flaps must be equal in width. Above I show the pieces marked and labeled (on the back side) for you to see.
(My son was staring at me like, “What is going on here?”)
Then I used the craft knife and the scissors to cut along the lines.
I flipped over the pieces and fit them back together. (You don’t have to label the backsides of the one you make!)
After I was done, I realized that it wasn’t clear how I taped the bottom flap on so I took a photo of Pea’s folding board to show this part. (She prefers Hello Kitty to Star Wars–How is she my child??? Star Wars fan for life here!)
The key is that the side flaps and the bottom flap must be able to fold. The tape is the “hinge”.
Shirt folding board for her.
Shirt folding board for him.
Lay the shirt the flap with the front down. “Nice and smooth,” as Pork Chop likes to say. (Can you guess how long the clean laundry was in the basket before I made these folding boards by how wrinkled this shirt is?)
Fold one flap and the shirt over and then fold the other flap and shirt over.
Bring the flaps (without the shirt) back flat.
Then fold up the bottom flap and shirt. Bring the bottom flap back down without the shirt.
Look who folds his own shirts like a professional!
Epic WIN for me!!!
All in all, this was a super simple and cheap project that helps make folding kids’ shirts a little more fun and a whole lot tidier! So grab some tape and foam board or cardboard (which I used last time (and lasted a year) and let your young kids fold the laundry while you sip on some coffee!
Folding laundry is a true life skill that kids need to know!
Want to keep up the laundry learning fun? Check out these free laundry learning activities for preschoolers from 3 Boys and A Dog.
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