How To: Pocket-Fold a Napkin

Teach your kids and they might even get excited about setting the table.

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 the video.

What You Need

  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Spoon

Follow These Steps

  1. Fold the napkin in half vertically. Lay out a napkin on a flat surface and fold it in half vertically, ensuring the corners are aligned.
  2. Fold up the bottom half of the napkin. Grasp the bottom of the napkin and fold it up so the bottom edge rests a little higher than halfway up the napkin. Fold the new bottom up so it reaches that same line.
  3. Flip and fold to the middle. Flip over the napkin and smooth it out. Fold in the left side so the edge rests at the napkin's new center.
  4. Tuck the corner into the pouch. Pick up the right corner and tuck it under the short folds on the left-hand edge. Align the corners so the napkin's bottom and right sides are straight.
  5. Flip over the napkin and insert utensils. Smooth the napkin, flip it over, and then arrange the fork, knife, and spoon in the pouch.
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