How To Fold A Pocket Napkin
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The basic fold is a simple fold, but I like to spruce it up with twine and other embellishments. Try it with a tag for a place card alternative, or simply layer other adornments on top. You can make these beforehand and focus on your other event details since it holds well in storage.
Starting at the short end, fold the napkin into one-inch accordion pleats, stopping about four inches from the opposite end. Make sure the fold of the last pleat is at the bottom edge and all the pleats are underneath.
Bring some personality to your table by using two different color napkins to make a napkin bouquet. Beyond color, you can play with napkin size and fabric as well as the vessel to find the combo that suits your gathering.
Think napkin folding is only for fancy restaurants, cruise ships or a dinner party Thank again! You can a regular Martha Stewart in your home on a daily basis (or at least a few surprise times per year).
Before I started adding these to my table setting I never really thought much about the type of napkin, but it does make a difference. Some folds are better with a thin fabric, while others need the structure of a thick one. Even more, some need the crispness of a lot of starch or even paper napkins.
Again, something I had never considered, but something to be aware of, is your dinner napkin a square When I first started this project I ordered a whole pack of square white napkins and when they arrived, I was so disappointed that NONE of them were a perfect square.
Placing- One question I get a lot is where does the napkin go on a place setting The answer is that it really depends on your vision and while back in the day there was a strict table setting protocol, nowadays you can use artistic license.
Very nice of you to show how to fold that napkin, Susan. Very clever! I would love to learn more folding techniques. Your photos explaining it are great, too. Thanks so much. That tablesetting was very, very beautiful. Susan
Hi Susan, I would love more lessons on napkin folding. I have some very old napkins from my husband's grandmother that will look wonderful in this fold! And I do love this tablescape. Hope you enjoy the ones I have been trying. I am having so much fun participating! Linda
Ames, I normally just shake out the napkin and then gather it together and poke it into the glass. If it doesn't quite look right, I just do it again. I don't really have a system. On one tablescape a while back, I had put the napkins away in a folded states and when I tucked them into the glasses the next time I used them, I just left them folded. I think that was the last 4th of July table I created. You can see it under the Tablescape Inspiration heading at the top.
Hi Susan:That was fun, would be interested in seeing more.I used a napkin with an open pattern around the edge and an open criss cross pattern in the one corner. It looked so pretty. Thank you.Meg
So pretty, and your directions are clear enough that I think I can accomplish this fold! I have some round straw placemats that I love to use, but they are not large enough for all the silverware without looking crowded. I love having this little pocket for the forks! Thanks for sharing, and I'm sure more napkin tutorials would be appreciated.
Susan,Thanks so much for taking time to show the napkin tutorial. I did want to say that table setting is one of my all time favorites! It is just beautiful. But I am not surprised that you continue to come up with something wonderful.
Thanks for posting the tutorial! This was one of my fave table scapes too!! I would love to see more. The step by step photos were great too. Can't wait to learn a new one. This will be used for my Thanksgiving table. I just told the hubby that I need to find a book on napkin folding. Thank You!!!
Thanks for the lesson, what a great way to fold a napkin! Where I come from we call napkins 'serviettes' and diapers 'napkins'. Has taken me a while to get the right terminology!Your table is exquisite! I love the colours.
I love it! I've tried to do that one before and I didn't have much success. Probably because I didn't have good directions (with pictures.) I haven't been on for awhile because I was having trouble getting the pictures to load and though I love your writing, without the pictures I just wasn't getting the whole benefit. Thankfully I figured out it was a modem problem so, YAY, I had no trouble tonigth. As for your question, I'd love to see more napkin folding techniques. I love making the table look pretty far more than I like actually making the meal.
I love this! I have been trying to fold our napkins nicely for some time and I finally went to the napkin rings because every time I tried they turned out terribly! I am so glad you posted this to help! Also the napkins are so classy and perfect for the 4th!
If you missed my Valentine pink and red tablescape for kids the other day you can see it here. On the tablescape I used some really cute paper napkins and folded them into Valentine heart pocket napkins. I used the Valentine heart paper napkin pockets to hold forks at each place setting.
A lot of the time, the size you choose just comes down to personal preference. If you prefer a puffier pocket square that makes more of a statement, then opt for a larger square. More conservative in your pocket square preferences Go smaller.
Herringbone is an interesting pattern that's really common when it comes to menswear. Consider this pattern if you're looking to break away from plain-colored pocket squares but don't want to feel comfortable with the vibrant swirls of paisley.
Herringbone is a nice in-between that balances the conservative nature of stripes with the interesting shapes of more informal designs. If you're stuck choosing between paisley and stripes, then a Herringbone pocket square is probably your best choice.
My favorite pocket squares are the ones with complicated patterns that you don't normally see in men's clothing. The great part about that is that you could have a striped shirt. You could have a solid jacket. You could have a patterned tie, a polka dot tie, and you can still wear a paisley.
The hardest pocket squares to match in my opinion and the ones I wear the least often are stripes.Part of that is because if you're already wearing a striped pattern, let's say a shirt, then you're kind of doing a double repeat pattern in addition to the stripe in the pocket.
It's just harder to pull off perhaps because the lines just going along in its curving, so I try to stay away from these types of pocket squares. If you're looking to start off, go with a simple white, easily the most simple and classic. You're never going to go wrong with the simple white.
That makes the three-point fold pocket square fold a good one when you want to be a touch showy. It's still a business-appropriate fold, but make sure the pocket square is elegant and crisp.
Pocket square puff folds are supposed to have wrinkles and dimples. So long as the fold is staying in place and isn't badly creased or spilling over the edges of the pocket, it's fine.
The winged puff pocket square is the best fold for men who like a peaked fold, but have a soft, low-friction pocket square that won't hold a crisp crease. It's also quite compact, making it a good fold for undersized pocket squares.
The Dunaway fold is the simplest way to make a slightly puffy, fringed shape with the edge of a pocket square. Depending on how stiff and colorful your pocket square is, it tends to look like a flower or a bursting firecracker.
Love love love this idea! I have sewn cutlery pockets and love them but these would be so much easier. Definitely going on the hunt for some pretty linen napkins and then making these for my Easter dinner table. So glad I saw your link at the Thursday Favorite Things Party!
If you have napkins to coordinate with your Wipe Easy tablecloth, you might be looking for a new way to fold them. This folded napkin is so simple, it will only take a couple of minutes to create a really neat pocket for your cutlery. Why not give it a try
When it comes to creating these unique napkin folds, trust the process! Sometimes you need to rework or refold to bring the shape to life. No matter what, though, the added touch of thought and care will surely be appreciated by your dinner guests.
Want to impress guests with a beautiful tablescape Get creative with your napkins and make them a part of each setting! This DIY Pocket Napkin Fold will give you an adorable space where you can put silverware, a menu card or other little treat to add to your table.
Folding wedding napkins doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming to make an impression! A custom wedding napkin that ALSO includes a neat fold is a win-win for sure. We used our new Heather Linen Like Dinner Napkins foil stamped in copper to match the dark, rich tones of this fall setting. See below for step-by-step directions. Happy folding!
Time to bring that design back! Fold only the top layer in half, bringing the corners down to meet your middle fold, leaving the bottom layer behind. You should now see the beginnings of the napkin pocket you are creating.
Fold the napkin in half again for your final fold. Again, keep the design on top by lifting the napkin slightly and folding under, this time from right to left. The finished pocket napkin should feature your centered personalized design. Voilà! Now you have the perfect sleeve for silverware, a menu card, a small party favor or floral accent! We recommend this for wedding napkin folding, as well as pretty much every other event that happens to have you creating beautiful settings at each place. 59ce067264