How to fold napkins

Written by karen ellis
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How to fold napkins
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A cloth napkin makes any table setting look more elegant. We have got so used to being the "throw-away generation" with our use of paper products such as napkins and paper towels. It's time to take a step back and go green with the use of cloth napkins. It's easy to fold them like a pro with the Fleur de Lis napkin fold.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cloth napkins

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  1. 1

    Fold the cloth napkin in half, diagonally. Your napkin will look like a triangle.

  2. 2

    Pull up the right edge of the napkin and then the left to the top point of the triangle. This will form a square.

  3. 3

    Fold the bottom point up, about three-quarters and then turn the tip of the same point down to meet the bottom napkin fold.

  4. 4

    Turn the napkin over and fold the bottom left corner inward and the bottom right corner inward so the fold is in thirds. At the bottom of the napkin, you will see a fold at the left, tuck the tail of the right fold into it.

Tips and warnings

  • You can lay the Fleur de Lis napkin flat and place the flatware in the front fold or you can sit it up on its own with the point skyward and the two top folds pulled down, like wings.

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