Serviette/Napkin Folding, Easy Pocket

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 0 mins

Between the teachings of my Grandmother, an Aunt, my Mother and several restaurants I learned a lot about serviette/ napkin folding.. Works well with cloth napkins, or larger paper ones. I have included step-by-step photographs to illustrate/suppliment the written directions. For neater presentation use ironed napkins for this fold. This serviette is excellent for really special occasions becuase it's big and you can do a lot of dressing up with it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 paper, serviette (large)
  • 1 cloth, serviette (large)


  1. Lay your serviette square out flat before you. Fold it in half horizontally.
  2. Take the serviette and fold it in half again vertically so that it is now a small square a quarter the size of the origonal square.
  3. Only one corner of the square will have 4 open/loose edges, rotate your square so that it is a flat diamond shape with the open corner pointing downwards. We will call this the South corner, and the top corner opposite North.
  4. Take the topmost layer of the South corner and bring it up to the North corner, crease the fold.
  5. Turn the serviette over and bring the East and West points to the center point if your serviettes are small, if they are large, then bring then further than the half way point (about 1/3) and overlap the second point on top of the first.It the resulting width of the serviette should look pleasing so use your discretion according to the size of your serviette.
  6. Carefully turn the serviette over, the North point faces downwards, the 3 remaining (ex) South points are now at the top. There is a pocket in the middle, into which a name tag, cutlery, flowers or a small gift can be inserted.


Most Helpful

Thank you for posting these wonderful step by step instructions! And the pictures make it easy enough even for me to follow ;) this is a nice way to dress up a dinner table.

LoveToBake67 December 26, 2008

These instructions were great, even for a directionally challenged person like me! As you can see from my photo, the pocket was a perfect spot to tuck away a Christmas cracker. Thanx kiwidutch!

CountryLady December 10, 2007

Thanks for the napkin-folding lesson with great photos! I sometimes want to "put on the dog" but my napkin skills are barely at the puppy stage. I'll see if I can impress my friends!

Mugsiewugsie July 22, 2007

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