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:

cloth napkin, fork, knife, spoon

Follow These Five Easy Steps:

  1. How To: Pocket-Fold a Napkin Step 11Fold napkin in half vertically

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

  2. How To: Pocket-Fold a Napkin Step 22Fold 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. How To: Pocket-Fold a Napkin Step 33Flip 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. How To: Pocket-Fold a Napkin Step 44Tuck 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. How To: Pocket-Fold a Napkin Step 55Flip the napkin and place utensils

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