Even though hoodies come in different sizes and designs, there are two issues that always seem to occur with them. They either take up way too much space because we can’t fold them properly, or that string hanging out of the hood is annoyingly uneven or has fallen out.
Do you know how to fix these two issues? Do you know how to fold and restring a hoodie? If you’re an adult and your mom doesn’t help you with your laundry, you should. Not knowing how to fold and restring a hoodie can cause quite a mess.
To help you out, we have prepared a simple guide on how to handle your hoodies properly.
Part 1: Folding a Hoodie
We already mentioned that hoodies are pretty big but keeping your closet tidy is rather important. Those two concepts seem super-conflicted, right? We feel you. Believe us, we understand that folding clothes is a pain in the neck (to put it mildly).
But what if we told you folding hoodies isn’t as scary as you make it out to be? To prove that, we have chosen two different folding techniques that will help you organize your closet better.
Method #1: A Simple Square Fold
This technique comes in handy primarily when you want to stack your hoodies in your closet. However, it has proven quite useful on long road trips or flights. Namely, a hoodie folded like this can serve as a pillow!
Here’s how it works:
- Lay the hoodie face-down on a flat surface so that every part of fabric is completely flattened.
- Fold the left sleeve across the hoodie. The top of the sleeve should form a straight line.
- Fold the sleeve downward, folding the shoulder area at a 45-degree angle. Make sure it is even with the hoodie.
- Repeat the process with the right sleeve. When folding the shoulder area at a 45-degree angle, make sure the sleeves are aligned with the torso part.
- Time to fold the torso itself. Take the bottom part of the hoodie and fold it up by a third. Then fold it once more.
- Flip the hood over the folded torso.
- Finally, invert the hood, turn it inside and cover the torso part so that it stays in place. The shape you will get should be a square.
You should be able to neatly stack multiple hoods on top of each other.
Method #2: The KonMari Method
If you don’t have a lot of closet space, but you just can’t bear the thought of not owning hoodies, you’re in luck. Marie Kondo, a world-renowned tidying expert, comes to your rescue with her folding method.
The result of this strategy is somewhat neater, and it even takes up much less space! The reason behind it is that Marie suggests storing hoodies vertically, inside drawers!
Sounds like laundry Sci-Fi, right? Well, it’s possible! Here’s what you have to do:
- Lay the hoodie on a flat surface, making sure it is facing down.
- Imagine a vertical line going through the middle.
- Fold one side of the hoodie near the imaginary line, but not exactly on it.
- Fold the sleeves inward, and make sure they’re neat.
- Fold the hood up, flatten it out, and tuck the string in.
- Visually split the structure you got into vertical thirds.
- Fold into thirds.
If your folded hoodie can stand without any support, you did it right. If not, start over. Trust us, it’s worth it.
Part 2: Restringing a Hoodie
Most hoods are designed in such a way that they have a string which allows us to adjust them. The string goes through two holes, one on the front, bottom left and the other one on the front, bottom right of the hoodie. To tighten our hood, you simply have to pull on the string.
Sometimes, however, you accidentally pull the string out, or even worse — the washing machine does it for you! In either case, do we have to explain how annoying and time-consuming restringing is?
You can’t wear the hoodie if the string is not there — it feels like an important part is missing. So does that mean you can throw that hoodie out?
Lucky for you, we know not one, but two techniques that just might help you!
Method #1: Stapler and Straw Method
This method is so easy that, once you master it, you will be able to restring your hoodie in a matter of minutes! To get started, you will need a stapler and a straw.
- Take the plastic head of the string, and push it into the straw. You can stop pushing when the string is about half an inch into the straw.
- Use the stapler to secure the string inside the straw. Make sure that you staple it vertically.
- Push the straw into one of the hoodie holes, and keep going until the straw reaches the other hole.
- After adjusting the length of the string, remove the staple and the straw.
Method #2: The Safety Pin
If you don’t have a straw handy, don’t worry. Everyone has at least one safety pin lying around!
Essentially, this method is similar to the first one, though you have to pay attention not to hurt yourself! You also need to make sure that the pin is small enough to pass through the hoodie hole.
Here’s how it’s done:
- Open the pin and pierce through the end of the string, right after the head.
- Put the pin inside the hole of the hoodie.
- Hold the pin firmly through the fabric, and slowly start pushing its way through. It might take a bit of time but, eventually, the pin will end up on the other side.
- When you adjust the length of the string, remove the pin and you’re done!
It goes without saying that hoodies are such an awesome piece of clothing, especially in cold weather. They’re versatile, fashionable, durable, and comfy! In our daily lives, it is important to be effective and these guides on how to fold and restring a hoodie just might do the trick. We understand how dreadful and time-consuming folding and restringing can be, so we hope this guide gave you the nudge you needed.