How To: Roll-Tuck for Old Race T-Shirts

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step 5: Rotate the shirt 180 degrees, so the neck of the shirt is nearest to you.

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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.

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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.

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Step 8: Smooth everything, and make sure the ends are nice and tight and the shirt is all tucked in.

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Voila!  You now have a tiny little rolled up t-shirt.

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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!

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Enjoy your tucked up t-shirts, and new found extra space!

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