Tips and Tricks Tuesday: How to Fold A Napkin



As we began to research this topic, who knew there were so many ways to fold a napkin!  After sifting through (endless) options, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorites: The French Pleat, The Bow Tie Napkin, The Standing Fan Fold, and The Heart. Of course, these can all be done with beautiful Lily Lane Home napkins from Bella Notte. 


The French Pleat

from Nalata Nalata

1. Begin with a square shape folded in half, fold this in half again.

2. Leaving the under layer flat, fold the top right corner of the next layer toward the center.

3. Repeat with the next layer while keeping even pleats

4.  Fold the remaining layers to meet with the bottom left corner

5. Flip the napkin and fold the left edge approximately one-third towards the right side

6. Fold the right side over toward the left and try to tuck the napkin into a pleat to help hold its shape


The Bow Tie Napkin

From fsw at home

1. Start with the napkin face down. Bring the top and bottom edges in and fold them to meet at the middle.

2. Repeat the process from step 1.

3. Next, fold the short outside edges into the middle. Let them overlap just a little to keep the folds together in the next step.

4. Turn the napkin over and tie a ribbon, string, or twist tie around the middle, cinching it tight to create the bow.

5. Pull up the points on the edges and give it a good fluff if needed.


The Standing Fan

more here – wikihow

1. Fold the table napkin in half. You should end up with a rectangle.

2. Looking at a vertical rectangle, starting at the bottom, accordion pleat 2/3 of the way up.

3. Fold in half vertically with the pleating on the outside.

4. Holding all layers of cloth, take the upper corner of the free end (part with no pleats) and tuck it diagonally under the pleats facing you.

5. Place it standing on the table and release pleats to form the fan. The triangle will act as a stand to hold it up.



The Heart (perfect for Valentine’s Day!)

1. Iron the napkin flat. Fold the napkin in half.

2. Fold the napkin in half again

3. Fold the right hand side up vertically. Repeat with the left side.

4. You will now shape the heart by tucking the center flaps under.

5. Finish by tucking the corner flaps underneath.




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