Folding Napkins

On the rare occasion that I make a trip to a “fancy” restaurant, the tables are sometimes adorned with more than just your standard cloth napkin wrapped around sets of flatware. Some restaurants go above and beyond the call of duty and have craftily folded napkins awaiting you at your seat. Even though they can sometimes look corny, admit it—when you see these things, you think about how neat they are before using them as crumb catchers. Because I just so happened to have a cloth napkin at my disposal, I decided to see if I could fold a few of the more simple but interesting designs.

My original goal, dear readers, was to give you a list of five awesome folds. However, thanks to my handcraft-challenged ways, I instead present you with three awesome napkin folds. And hey; if I can do it, you can do it.

The Pyramid

  • 1. Fold the napkin in half diagonally, and keep the closed seam facing you.
  • 2. Fold the corners of the longest side upward to the third corner. You should now have a diamond shape in front of you with a seam down the middle.
  • 3. Turn the napkin over and keep the closed corner facing you. Fold the napkin in half by bringing the corner farthest away from you to the corner closest to you.
  • 4. Turn the napkin over and keep the open corner facing you. Fold the napkin in half along the center seam and you're done!

The Rose

  • 1. Fold the four corners of your napkin to the center.
  • 2. Fold the newly-formed corners of your napkin to the center.
  • 3. Turn the napkin over and fold the new corners of your napkin to the center.
  • 4. Place pressure on the center of the folds, and then reach underneath each corner and pull out the flaps to make petals.

The Pinwheel

The pinwheel may require an item such as a bud vase or venetian candle to hold the folds in place

  • 1. Fold your napkin in half from side to side, and then fold it in half again to form a square.
  • 2. Fold two opposing corners to the center, and then fold the other two opposing corners to the center of the side of the napkin facing your table.
  • 3. Fold two opposing corners to the center and then turn the napkin over and fold the remaining opposing corners to the center.
  • 4. You should now have a square shape in front of you with two opposing triangles on top, and a loose piece of napkin beneath each triangle. Put pressure on the center of the napkin and pull out the loose piece of napkin beneath each triangle.
  • 5. Flip over and repeat.
Posted in: Tabletop | By Ethan Gibble
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