To fold the American flag the proper way you need 2 people. First hold it waist high, both of you on each end. Fold the bottom half of the stripe section lengthwise over the stars, holding tightly as you do. Fold it again lengthwise with the blue section on the outside. make a triangle, folding striped corner of folded edge to open top. You can see the entire steps here: http://www.usflag.org/foldflag.html.