How to fold paper napkins with silverware

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There are a lot of techniques out there for folding napkins. The fold usually depends on the occasion, the formality of the event, and how much silverware is included with the meal. Most creative folds are done with a cloth napkin to prevent damage, such as tearing and creasing. However, there is a simple pocket technique and a wrap technique you can use with a paper napkin to hold silverware.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Paper napkin (at least 12 inches by 12 inches when unfolded)

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    Silverware Pocket Technique

  1. 1

    Lay the napkin completely unfolded in front of you.

  2. 2

    Fold the napkin in half, leaving the open side toward you.

  3. 3

    Fold the napkin in half again. This time fold it long ways, leaving the napkin folded into quarters. The open corner should be at the top left.

  4. 4

    Take the top layer of the napkin and fold it back toward you diagonally and apply pressure. (You should be taking the top left corner and folding it to the bottom right corner.)

  5. 5

    Flip the napkin over, putting the open corner to the top right.

  6. 6

    Fold the right side back about one-third of the way and apply pressure, making a crease.

  7. 7

    Fold the left side back about one-third of the way and apply pressure, making a crease.

  8. 8

    Flip over the napkin, and after adjusting any uneven portions, insert your silverware into the pocket you just created.

    The Wrap Technique

  1. 1

    Lay the napkin folded in quarters in front of you.

  2. 2

    Lay your silverware stacked on top of each other about 1 inch from the left side of the napkin.

  3. 3

    Fold the napkin from the left, covering the silverware, and roll the napkin to the right two times, covering the silverware.

  4. 4

    Fold the bottom of the napkin up so it is tight against the silverware.

  5. 5

    Finish rolling the napkin until there isn't any left.

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