When you run a lot of races, you get a lot of race t-shirts. When you run a lot of 5ks or 10ks, or small town races, you get a lot of cotton race t-shirts instead of technical shirts. I have a crap-ton of race t-shirts. I am a little sentimental and don’t want to get rid of them. Maybe someday, but not today. Also, someday I may want to have some race t-shirts made into a t-shirt quilt, so I don’t want to throw any out yet. But what on earth do I do with all these t-shirts? I had them folded in a tote, but they have been multiplying. My mom, and other people, have told me about a folding method that involves rolling the t-shirt and tucking the end over the shirt to hold it in place. This technique is basically the Ranger Roll.
So this afternoon, I decided to take the time to roll and tuck all my old race t-shirts that I don’t wear anymore. Fun fact, I wear EVERY race shirt I earn, at least once. I also don’t wear the shirt until after the race, until after I earn it. I see so many people wearing the race shirts AT the race, DURING the race, but that’s not me, I only wear it after I’ve earned it and crossed that finish line. The following pictures are step-by-step guide to roll-tuck your own t-shirts.
Step 1: Lay out the t-shirt and smooth out any wrinkles.
Step 2: Flip the bottom hem of the t-shirt up about 2 inches. Don’t just fold it up, but flip it inside out, on the front and back, so there is still an opening on the bottom.
Pro tip: Once the 2 inch flip is done, fold the shirt up to make sure the back of the flipped up part of the shirt is smooth.
Step 3: Fold one side of the shirt over about 1/3. Use the neck of the shirt as a guide. Fold the sleeve back.
Step 4: Fold the other side of the shirt over, so the entire shirt is folded in thirds. Make sure there aren’t any big wrinkles.
Step 5: Rotate the shirt 180 degrees, so the neck of the shirt is nearest to you.
Step 6: Roll the shirt as tight as you can, from the neck of the shirt to the bottom hem. Roll it like a sleeping bag.
Step 7: The bottom hem that you folded over will now be on the outside of the roll. Flip the rolled part over the rest of the shirt.
Step 8: Smooth everything, and make sure the ends are nice and tight and the shirt is all tucked in.
Voila! You now have a tiny little rolled up t-shirt.
After I rolled and tucked all my race t-shirts, they take up a lot less space than they did. They are even Jasper approved, he took one and played/kicked at it for a while. Even after a Jasper attack, the t-shirt didn’t unroll! Success!
Enjoy your tucked up t-shirts, and new found extra space!