Napkin Folding

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2 Basic Napkin Folds - Fan & Bishops Hat


Napkins and Instructions


Napkin folding techniques
The Bishop's Hat Napkin Fold
This is a classic dinner napkin fold, but it can be difficult to line up the corners in the cap.
1. Lay the napkin face down in front of you.
2. Fold the dinner napkin in half so that the open end is towards you.
3. Fold the far-right corner diagonally towards you, resting the point in the center of the side closest to you.
4. Fold the near-left corner diagonally away from you, resting it so that it lays right next to the previous fold.
5. Flip the napkin over and orient it so it points to the far-left and to the near-right.
6. Fold the bottom half of the napkin up and away from you, laying it so the far edges run on top of one other.
7. Reach underneath of the napkin and pull out the flap on the right, making the near-side come to two points as seen in the picture.
8. Gently roll the left half of the left triangle over and tuck it's end underneath the right triangle.
9. Flip the napkin over, points pointing away from you.
10. Fold the right-triangle to the left, tucking it's end into the other triangle.
11. Open up the hat and press the material inside down to fill it out so that it becomes circular, this may take a little fidgeting.

The Standing Fan Napkin Fold
Elegant and decorative, this is a classic napkin folding technique.
1. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you.
2. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end towards you.
3. Fold the napkin like an accordion starting at either narrow end. Leave one end with 2-3 inches of unfolded napkin to support the standing fan.
4. Fold the napkin in half with the accordion folds on the outside.
5. Grasp the unfolded corners where they meet on the open end and fold them in diagonally, tucking them under the accordion folds.
6. Open it and stand it up. A beautiful fan for a beautiful dinner.


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