How to Pocket-Fold a Napkin

Folding cloth napkins to create a pocket for silverware is a simple way to dress up your dinner table. This napkin folding technique is a snap to master, as you’ll see in this video. Teach it to your kids and they might even get excited about setting the table.

What You Need

  1. Check cloth napkin
  2. Check fork
  3. Check knife
  4. Check spoon

Follow These Steps

  1. Fold napkin in half vertically

    Lay napkin out on a flat surface and fold in half vertically, making sure that the corners are aligned.

  2. Fold the bottom half of the napkin up

    Grasp the bottom of the napkin and fold it up so the bottom edge rests a little more than halfway up the napkin. Fold the new bottom up so it reaches the same line.

  3. Flip and fold to the middle

    Flip the napkin over and smooth it out. Fold the left side in so the edge rests at the napkin’s new center.

  4. Tuck corner between the folds

    Pick up the right corner and tuck it under the short folds on the left-hand side. Align the corners so the bottom and right sides of the napkin are straight.

  5. Flip the napkin and place utensils

    Smooth the napkin, then flip it over and arrange the fork, knife, and spoon in the pouch.