{Video} How to fold bed sheets including the fitted sheet

I have received so many requests from my readers asking for instructions on how to fold a fitted sheet.  I made this video below showing you step by step how I fold my bed sheets.  As mentioned in the video, Martha Stewart folds her sheets just beautifully, see video HERE, however I don’t have time to do this.  I’m content in the way I fold my sheets ensuring they are flat enough to be able to fit everything I need into the cupboard.  I keep the set together, which come time you need them you only need to grab one bundle.

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Rebekah April 5, 2011 - 6:41 AM

After watching your clip, and then martha’s clip – It appears I have already been folding our sheets similar to Martha. Although it doesn’t take me long at all, and I do it all down at the line (I bring in my washing in order of putting away, so I just put everything away straight from the basket when I come inside…)

Kylie April 5, 2011 - 8:22 AM

Thanks heaps for this, i will be using this when i organise my linen cupboard which i will hopefully get done today, i will still take before and after shots for you if you want.

Joolz April 5, 2011 - 8:32 AM

That is a good, realistic way to fold sheets. We have just bought a king sized bed and struggled to fold the spare sheet set neatly.
Thanks for that!

lisa April 5, 2011 - 8:46 AM

wonderful idea!!! i’m changing my linen cupboard henceforth!!

Becci Sundberg April 5, 2011 - 9:35 AM

I do mine very similar to Martha too. I bring all of my sheets in and fold then up on my bed. I have simplified Marthas process though and takens just a few seconds to do.
I like that your sheets sets are all together. I used to store mine in their pillowcase once. But i found with kids sometimes you just need one sheet or one pillowcase or something and it throws it all out of whack.

Vicky Moran April 5, 2011 - 12:43 PM

Oh Katrina, you are sent straight from heaven!!!! I currently have a pile of pillowcases, a separate pile of flat sheets and another one of the fitted sheets. In the next few days I will try out your method. I can’t wait!!!!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Martha Stewart – pft!


Mel April 5, 2011 - 12:47 PM

Hi, I do mine the same til I get to the last bit,(putting the fitted on top of the falt and then the pillow case) istead of folding them over like you did, I actually roll mine up! there is even less time needed, and I dont need to be fussy!
Keep up the great work I love the vids!

Heather April 5, 2011 - 3:28 PM

tHANKs for the video. Love it.

aliesha April 5, 2011 - 4:40 PM

hmm maybe i should take a before and after photo of my linen cupboard after folding my sheets the way you have shown me.. i normally just fold my fitted sheets in half then half again and quickley roll them up and stuff them to the back haha

Carmen April 5, 2011 - 8:48 PM

I like to put ny bundle of sheets into a pillow case, they tend to keep together well then. xo

Maria April 6, 2011 - 8:25 AM

fantastic! thanks for the vid. i love the idea of folding the sheets into bundles all in one. how clever! just happened to have some sheets on the line and guess what i did! and then did the rest of the linen as well. love your site. very inspiring and butt-kicking at times 🙂 keep up the good work!!

Sarah April 6, 2011 - 9:00 AM

oh the fitted sheet – the bane of my existence! i usually try to wash my sheets on a good weather day so they can dry and be put back on the bed that night – hehe. I will try your method though for my spares

Sandra April 6, 2011 - 9:07 PM

wow thanks for the tip and might I add, what a great video tutorial. Im definitely doing that! Plus I have doona covers that go with sheets so I might also wrap the sheet bundles up in my doona cover so all I reach for is the Doona cover I’d like to use at that time, with the matching sheets inside 😉 thanks

Emily April 6, 2011 - 11:55 PM

Turns out I fold our sheets like Martha. Only trouble is you can’t tell which is the fitted sheet. 🙂 Oh and it takes no time at all to do and I don’t need a bench like Martha talks about.

B-prepared December 29, 2011 - 10:52 PM

emily – we do the MS fold of sheets too 🙂 – and then i place the fitted, flat and one pillow case inside of the second pillow case so that they are all wrapped up together – no missing pillow cases – all neatly stacked – the as i’m really fussy about my linen cupboards – colour sorted too 🙂

Denise April 12, 2011 - 11:26 AM

Hi Katrina, loved the folding sheets video. Thank you for that I do the same upto the part where you put the fitted sheet into the flat sheet and the pillow case and fold altogether ingenius.

Janithom February 3, 2012 - 3:53 PM

OMG that is great, when I clean out my linen press soon, I’m going to do that, I have sheets everywhere and all scrunched up!! Thanks for showing us 🙂

Gayemurphy February 3, 2012 - 8:08 PM

WOW!!! I had never thought of creating a sheet set – BUT I LOVE IT!!! esp when I’m about to start night time toilet training – trying to find matching linen in the middle of the night is a nightmare for me! Really looking forward to getting my linen cupboard in order!!!

Cath Julius March 14, 2013 - 3:56 PM

Hi Gaye, a tip I got from a magazine was to put a waterproof sheet on the child’s bed, then a fitted sheet, then another waterproof sheet, then another fitted sheet. Now when our children wet their bed, we rip off the top 2 sheets, thrown them in the laundry sink or the washing machine and we all hop back into bed. We hardly need any lights on for this too. This way we don’t wake up too much and get better sleep, and my hubby and I no longer argue as we are looking for all the bits and pieces to go on the bed. We also keep a spare quilt and pillow, with quilt covers and pillow cases on already, in a cubby area under my son’s bed, so we just grab them if the bed is completely soaked.

shelley January 21, 2014 - 11:41 PM

wonderful tip 🙂

Maureen September 3, 2015 - 7:43 AM

I take my children to the toilet before they go to sleep. I will get them up to go to the toilet again before I go to bed several hours later. No wet beds for them and they learn to get up during the night to empty their bladder.

SheenyB May 1, 2012 - 4:58 PM

I actually do this but hang the sheets on the clothes line folded in 1/2. Using 3 pegs, one on either end and one in the middle. When they are dry, take off the end pegs and join the 4 corners together. Then remove the middle peg and the sheet is already folded in 1/2. Fold in half again, and again and done. Works for fitted and flat sheets

Kate March 14, 2013 - 11:15 AM

thats exactly what I do – it saves a lot of time doesn’t it! Plus less wrinkles when the bed is made later on. I peg the loose edge of sheets on the line, and the folded part of the sheet is “dangling”, that way, when I do fold it is is corner-to-corner and all neat !

Donna June 2, 2012 - 2:11 PM

Thank you so much for this! I used to do a variation of Martha’s way, taught to me by my husband’s grandmother. With seven different different beds to cater for, it has been too time consuming.

I have always been complimented on how organised my linen cupboard is, but now, everyone knows where their sheets are, and I am not the only one to change the sheets! I have gained about two hours in my week! Thanks so much!

Aida_a June 2, 2012 - 5:22 PM

 That is so smart. I’d never have thought of that. Will be using this clever trick. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

Di Nolan September 17, 2012 - 3:35 PM

Fantastic Kat! I have separate piles of sheets and pillowcases and find that I never have pillowcases on hand for when I change the linen. I must confess I have the perverse habit of ironing pillow cases and more often than not, they’re backed up in the ironing box!
Will definitely re-do my linen closet with matching sets now!

Kay Sutcliffe September 19, 2012 - 4:39 PM

that is afantastic idea, I need to redo all my sheet sets now.. thanks Katrina

Katrina September 19, 2012 - 8:36 PM

It’s so simple and keeps it together nicely J

Suzanne March 18, 2014 - 7:27 AM

Great way to do the sheets & pillowcases. My husband generally does the folding of the fitted sheet, as I’m hopeless at it (being 5ft nothing doesn’t help). We put the folded fitted & flat sheet and pillowcase(s) inside one of the pillowcases from the set, so they are all together. Gets a bit bulky though.

Janice March 18, 2014 - 3:54 PM

I’m retired, have plenty of time, iron everything, including sheets and MS fold the fitted sheet and tie it to the folded top sheet with a ribbon. My whole linen press is bundled and tied with ribbons…towels, table cloths, everything! Wish I could show you a photo!

Sharon January 8, 2015 - 11:27 PM

Thanks so much Katrina. Wonderful idea! I have briefly checked out other organising blogs but you are my favourite, trusted, “go to” person for everything. You have a fantastic way of getting things done with brilliant results without too much fuss. You keep us abreast of new ideas and trends but your site isn’t consumed with that and you are always budget conscious. Keep up the great work. You are such a blessing to busy mums. God bless you and your family in 2015.


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