Fold a Letter

Edited by Train Wreck, VisiHow, Eng

This is a tutorial on how to fold a letter. Specifically we will be discussing how to fold the apology letter you will have written to apologize for whatever it was you may have done. The skill of folding letters can also be applied to regular letters that you may send to a friend or to anyone else. In the photo below you will see a picture of paper and an envelope, with our lovely pen resting on top. This is an important combination because it sets the foundation for any and every letter that you will ever create. Much like these three objects, there are three parts to every good letter.

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We will not discuss them in detail here; however, I will briefly address each:

  1. 1
    The Opening
    The opening of the letter is everything that goes at the top of the letter. This includes the greeting, name, personal details, and even the first paragraph of the letter.
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    The Body
    The body is what makes up your letter. Everything that you are writing to whomever it is you may be writing it to will be here. It is the center part of your letter, and commands the most attention.
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    The Closing
    The closing is where you will finish up what you want to say, and then sign. This is the end of your letter.
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How to Fold a Letter

Now you know that at the top of our letter we have the opening. In the middle of our letter we have the body. At the end of our letter we have the closing. You may be wondering why this is important to folding a letter. Now we are going to show you.

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    Take the envelope you will be placing the letter into and open it
    Your envelope should open easily. If it does not, get a new one. A bad or broken envelope is like a bad suit for a job interview. Your envelope is a reflection of the letter you will fold. Make it look good.
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    Place your letter paper into the envelope without folding the paper
    Note that the opening of the letter should be in the envelope with the body and closing both visible and outside of the envelope. The closing should be at the top, and not in or even near the envelope.
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    Make a small mark with your finger or thumbnail on the letter paper, near where the top of the envelope touches it
    Refer to the photo below for an example of this.
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    Take the letter out of the envelope now
    Look at the mark you made. Observe that the line of this mark will be just around the top area of the body, or at the end of the opening.
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    Now, fold the paper down from the top, or the opening
    The paper should be folded exactly on the mark you made and done so that the paper has a crisp and straight bend in the paper.
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    Open the folded paper and insert the bottom where the closing is
    Line the bottom edge of the letter up with the fold you made in the step above.
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    Fold this new part down, so that your envelope is now folded in two areas, making three separate sections of the letter.
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    Now, fold your letter flat and look at it
    The letter should be the same size as the envelope with just the top part of the opening visible on the part of paper that sits higher.
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    Place the letter into the envelope, with this higher piece of paper sticking up
    Note how it sits up, as if inviting you to pull the letter out of the envelope from that area.
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    Anyone opening this letter will do so by pulling the top part of the paper which sticks out, or by sliding the letter out if they open the envelope from the side
    This will allow them to open the letter easily and read the important parts at a glance. There are a minimal number of folds, meaning that text is less likely to be marred or obscured by excessive folds.
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This has been a VisiHow tutorial on how to fold a letter to put in an envelope. It's designed to be especially helpful for those of you writing apology letters.

Additional Tips

  • Always wash your hands and wrists before folding a letter. Otherwise you might make your letter dirty when applying pressure to fold it.
  • Remember that if you need help writing an apology letter you can visit our tutorials on how to write various types of apology letters.

See other tutorials on letters: Write an Apology Letter to Your Boss or Company, Address an Envelope for an Apology Letter, Write a Letter of Apology, and Write a Letter of Pleading.

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