3 Simple Ways to Fold a Napkin

Impress your guests with these fancy folded dinner napkins.

November 05, 2020

Fabric napkins add a touch of elegance to your holiday meals. For most of us, it’s only during these meals that we even bother with fabric napkins. Instead of folding them in a rectangle or square this year, impress your guest with some fancy napkin folding skills. Don’t worry — these three folds are easy to do and will make a dinner guest feel like they are dining at a 5-star restaurant.

Folded fabric napkins

Three Simple Napkin Folds

Folding fabric napkins adds a touch of elegance to your dinner table.

For best folding results, it will help to first iron the napkins thoroughly or even lightly starch the fabric to give the napkin a more rigid form. Linen and cotton napkins are the easiest to fold.

The Cone

The Cone Fabric Napkin Fold

The Cone Fabric Napkin Fold

This simple fold is elegant and easy to do.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

This simple fold is elegant and easy to do. Follow the numbered steps below with images ordered from left.

1. Lay the napkin flat with the right (front) side down. 2. Fold the napkin in half and turn the open end away from you. 3. Fold the napkin into quarters. Turn the napkin so that the open end is facing away from you. 4. Fold the top layer all the way forward and press it down flat.

The Cone Napkin Fold

The Cone Napkin Fold 1-4

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

5. Turn the napkin over and fold the left hand side of the napkin over two-thirds of the way (image at left below). 6. Then fold the right hand side of the napkin over to match the left-hand side. Tuck the corners of the napkin into the left-hand side flap. Flip it over and there you have it — the cone. Tuck an herb or flower sprig in the pocket or flatware.

The Cone Napkin Fold 5-6

The Cone Napkin Fold 5-6

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

The Flatware Pocket

Flatware Pocket Napkin Fold

Flatware Pocket Napkin Fold

Create a little pocket to tuck flatware for this classic presentation.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Create a little pocket to tuck flatware for this classic presentation. Follow the numbered steps below with images ordered from left.

1. Lay the napkin flat with the right (front) side down. 2. Fold the napkin in half and turn the open end toward you. 3. Fold the napkin into quarters. Turn the napkin so the open corner is facing away and to the left. 4. Fold the top layer of napkin in half diagonally and press it down.

The Flatware Pocket Fold

The Flatware Pocket Fold 1-4

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Flip the napkin over so that the open corner is now facing away and to the right. 5. Fold the right side back one-third of the way and press it down (image at left below). 6. Then, fold the left side back also one-third of the way and press. Flip the napkin over and insert your flatware.

The Flatware Pocket Fold 5-6

The Flatware Pocket Fold 5-6

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Three Point Fold

Three Point Fabric Napkin Fold

Three Point Fabric Napkin Fold

This napkin fold looks pretty on it’s own, but you can embellish it with greenery or even a piece of fruit laid on top of the napkin.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

This napkin fold looks pretty on its own, but you can embellish it with greenery or even a piece of fruit laid on top of the napkin. Follow the numbered steps below with images ordered from left.

1. Lay the napkin flat with the right (front) side down. 2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally with the middle point of the triangle facing down. 3. Fold the right corner of the napkin over to the left. 4. Then, fold the right side of the napkin towards the left until the desired "necktie shape" is formed on the napkin.

Three Point Fold Steps 1-4

Three Point Fold Steps 1-4

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Any of these folds will add a touch of elegance to your table. Give them a try for your next holiday dinner.

More Holiday Advice

The Perfect Holiday Napkin 5 Ways

Step up your place settings this holiday season with clever and festive napkin folding ideas.

Fold a Poinsettia Napkin!

Impress your family and friends with these 7 easy napkin ideas.

Next Up

5 Ways to Fold the Perfect Holiday Napkin

Step up your place settings this holiday season with these clever and festive napkin folding ideas.

Dress Up Your Autumn Table With Fall Leaves

No centerpiece necessary; add seasonal color to your Thanksgiving table with these fall leaf streamers. They're a snap to make and they beautifully bring the outdoors in.

How to Make a Framed Child's Silhouette

A framed silhouette is a classic keepsake and makes a thoughtful Christmas, birthday or Mother's Day gift. A digital camera, computer and printer make this centuries-old craft a snap.

Create Your Own Party-Perfect Charcuterie + Cheese Board

Whip up an inexpensive wood conditioner and sealant to turn a hardwood board into a foodsafe surface for feeding a crowd.

Smoked, Grilled or Fried? How to Cook the Best Turkey Ever

Here's everything you need to free up the oven for other things and still make Turkey Day magic.

12 Placemats You Can Buy Right Now for Your Fall Table

Bring a taste of autumn to your dining table with these beautiful fall-inspired placemats worthy of displaying all season long.

Everything You Need to Host an Outdoor Movie Party

Planning a movie night under the stars? Shop our full list of entertaining essentials, which are perfect for fall and winter.

10 Stylish Napkin Rings and Accessories You Need for Your Fall Table

Amp up your autumn tablescape with these eye-catching napkin rings, coasters, candles and more.

4 Thanksgiving Menus From HGTV Magazine

Dress up your Thanksgiving table with a customized menu! Choose from these four free printable templates courtesy of HGTV Magazine.

10 Pretty Platters to Serve Your Thanksgiving Guests in Style

Serve up your Thanksgiving feast on one of these festive platters ranging in design from homey to luxe.