Serviette/Napkin Folding, Sydney Opera Fan in Wine Glass

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 0 mins

My interest in serviette folding was born on a wet day at my Grandmother's house, I was a preteen and helping her with the ironing and watched while she ironed serviettes into wonderful shapes and neatly stacked them for use. I asked her to show me how and she did. Once you know several folds and people see them, they often have at least one other that you haven't seen before, you gain knowledge of the new one and on it goes. Now that I have already posted all the napkin folds I know, I decided to look on the net for some new ones to learn. This one is a cross between the Sydney Opera House fold and a standing Fan and looks good in a water or wine glass.

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 original 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 upwards. We will call this the North corner.
  4. Take the East corner and make an accordion fold all the way to the West corner.
  5. Holding it firmly, gently pull out each of the 4 loose edges at the North point, fanning them out from left to right.
  6. Roll up the south corner a little to help the fan to keep its shape and place in a water or wine glass.