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    Make your own flip-fold device

    In my How To for packing dress shirts I alluded to making a DIY folding device for T-Shirts, in this tutorial I am going to show you how to build your own for under $2!

    Step 1. Proof of concept. I made my first one out of cardboard. It was a bit flimsy but worked fine
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    Step 2. Obtain supplies. For this all you will need is a sheet of 20"x30" foam core presentation board, some type of tape, a knife and a straight edge/ruler
    Step 3. Plan. For this folder I wanted the folded shirts to fit the Aeronaut small packing cube exactly so I made the center panels that size.
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    Step 4. Mark and cut.
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    Step 5. Tape. For this I used Gaffer tape, a cloth tape typically used on movie sets and stages. It is prohibitively expensive but luckily duct and packing tape will also work. Leave about a 1/4" gap between panels. Tape flat on the front.
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    Step 6. Reinforce back. Bend the joints over so they can flex where needed.
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    Step 7. Fold shirts.

    Step 8. Enjoy fruits of your labour!

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    My t-shirt drawers after the fact. Dozens of shirts all ready to be placed in the packing cube! To store them neatly I just fold them in half again and place them in the drawer design up.
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    And inside of the packing cube.
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    Perfect fit!!!
    Rolled! Even rolling from the folding shirts works better and there is not as much wasted space. Although it is worth noting I could fit in two more shirts by putting them in folded.
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    Last edited by Miking; 02-16-2013 at 01:54 AM.

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    I'll be going out to get our foam core board and duct tape on my next shopping trip, thank you for sharing this!
    I really, really like TB Bags!

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    Sheldon would be pleased. ;-) Helpful!

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    Looks like a great weekend project. Looks like I may hit the art and/or hardware store for supplies.

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    I'm not sure what motivated me to make my own flip folding board, but thanks Miking! This works surprisingly much better than I ever would have dreamed! All my clothes in perfect 13.5 x 13.5" squares, ready to be laid into the packing cube and then to fit perfectly into my brand new Aeronaut. As a bonus, my local store had black foam board...couple that with the black duct tape, and I have a super cool noir folding board. (Um...can a guy with a custom folding board be super cool?)

    Oh wait....brand new Aeronaut. THAT'S why I was all excited to try new concepts in packing! )

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    You could also learn the 5 second fold - How to Fold a T-Shirt In 5 Seconds - YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegasguru View Post
    As a bonus, my local store had black foam board...couple that with the black duct tape, and I have a super cool noir folding board. (Um...can a guy with a custom folding board be super cool?)
    Every time I use mine I feel like James Dean, (probably because I'm wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rev_Horton View Post
    You could also learn the 5 second fold - How to Fold a T-Shirt In 5 Seconds - YouTube.
    Being the competitive type I tried doing this faster than 5 seconds, I ended up wearing the shirt inside out and backwards with my head through the armhole and arm through the head hole...

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