How to Roll Up a Long Sleeve Shirt

Updated February 21, 2017

Choosing to wear a long sleeve shirt is a choice that will influence your entire day. Eating messy foods or spending time in overly warm rooms can cause you to regret it. However, it is fast and easy to roll up a long sleeve shirt sleeve, allowing you to adapt to any scenarios the day may bring.

Unbutton or unfasten any buttons or cufflinks on the shirt sleeves. This will allow the sleeves to easily roll up your arms without being too tight. They may be left attached to the shirt during rolling, or removed, according to your preference.

Fold the entire cuff back up the sleeve, leaving the cuff covering a small portion of the wrist area of the sleeve. Ensure this fold is shorter than four inches. Any longer, and it will cause the rolled sleeves to fit too loosely. If the cuffs are longer than four inches, fold only a third of the cuff back.

Make another fold going back up the sleeve. This fold should be the same length as the first, and should be even all the way around. If the rolling becomes too loose, unroll and start over using tighter folds.

Continue rolling until the shirt sleeve is the desired length. If the sleeve is having trouble staying rolled, continue rolling until the elbow is passed.

Perform the same technique with the other sleeve. If a shorter roll is desired, a safety pin may be used to hold the sleeves in place. Place the bulk of the safety pin on the skin side of the sleeve. Run the pin up through all folds of the sleeve and bring it back down, and secure.


Some long sleeve shirts are made in ways that make rolling easier. Long sleeve shirts similar to sweaters have elastic bands at the wrists, making rolling the sleeve as easy as pushing them up the arm. If you are rolling up the sleeves on a long sleeve shirt because the sleeves are too long, consider having them hemmed shorter. This should be done by an experienced seamstress or tailor.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety pin (optional)
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