13 Ways To Fold A Napkin Fancy


We just learned about washing linen napkins and get them really clean.  Now, let’s learn how to fold a napkin fancy for an elegant dinner party or just for fun!  Here are 12 napkin folding step-by-step tutorials.

How To Fold A Napkin Fancy

How To Fold A Napkin Fancy

1.  Napkin Bow – A perfect bow on each plate is a fun way to spiff up a plain-Jane napkin. Spread a dinner napkin out, lying flat. Fold opposite sides in so they meet at the center. Then fold again at the center to form a narrow, ribbon-like shape. Next, fold short ends in so they meet at the center. Cinch in the middle with a ribbon in a coordinating color, and glue at back.

Napkin Folding Flower

Napkin Folding Flower

2.  Napkin Folding RoseBud Tutorial – Step by step instructions on how to fold a napkin into a rose on the end and then how to set up the tablescape.

3.  Napkin Folding Rose – This fold, favored by the famous French chef Auguste Escoffier, is one of several for presenting individual rolls.

4.  Water Lily Napkin Folding – How to fold a napkin fancy and into a fabulous flower like a water lily.

Napkin Folding

Napkin Folding

5.  Fold a Napkin Heart – This heart-shaped fold is appropriate for any heartfelt occasion, such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or a wedding reception.

6.  Fleur De Lis Napkin – I think it could also pass as an ear of corn on your thanksgiving tablescape.

7.  Bishops Hat Napkin Fold – The bishop’s hat napkin folding technique might take a few practice runs to get the points to line up.  Use your starch and an iron to get it to stand up correctly.

8.  The Fleur de Lys Goblet Fold – Pay your respects to the French monarchy with a Fleur de Lys in a cup. This is a fast and easy fold. You’ll fold it so quickly you won’t remember doing it.

Folded Napkin

Folded Napkin

9.  The Shirt Napkin Fold – This is a neat fold to have sitting on your guests dinner plates, and it’s pretty easy assuming that you have an iron. I repeat, break out the iron!  Here’s also a video on how to fold this Father’s Day napkin.

10.  The Diamond Pouch – Here we have another variation of the silverware pouch. Also simple to make, this design tends to look nicer when it is pressed down almost flat.

11.  Napkin Folding Ascot – Fold a napkin into quarters. Make sure that the points of the loose corners are aligned well, iron if you have to.  With the loose corners at the bottom, fold down the top corner.  Turn the napkin over. Fold in the left and right corner at an angle, i.e. the top edge of left and right side must be lower than the center.  Turn it over. If you are happy with the way it turns out, press down to crease the edges. This is a the perfect fold to show off your monogrammed napkins.

12.  Bird of Paradise Napkin Folding – A fun way to create an impressive napkin display for any tablescape.

How To Fold A Napkin Fancy Pineapple

13.  How to Fold a Pineapple with Linen Napkins – The Pineapple is a beautiful and whimsical fold and looks great with solid color napkins that will bring out the depth in its folds.

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  1. Oooh. I am so going to have to memorize some of those for my DIY brides who hand me 100 napkins and want squares. These are so much prettier. I’ve only done one of the one you have listed, so I better start practicing.

  2. Laurie,
    I just found your site, I love the tips. I am a beginner but love to sew and with all you help I will be creating some beautiful projects for my home. Thank you

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