Serviette Napkin Folding , Basic With Napkin Ring

"Between the teachings of my Grandmother, an Aunt, my Mother and several restaurants I learned a lot about serviette/ napkin folding. Here's a step-by-step instruction on how to make one of the easiest of them all.. a simple folded on with the napkin ring holding everything in place. 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. You will need one Serviette Ring per serviette."
photo by CountryLady photo by CountryLady
photo by CountryLady
photo by kiwidutch photo by kiwidutch
photo by kiwidutch photo by kiwidutch
photo by kiwidutch photo by kiwidutch
photo by kiwidutch photo by kiwidutch
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  • 1 paper, serviette (large)
  • 1 cloth, serviette (large)
  • 1 small flour, per serviette (optional)


  • Lay your serviette square out flat before you. Fold it in half horizontally.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grasp your serviette about 2/3 of the ways up and starting at point that is on the East side of your serviette, make 5 folds or pleats more or less the same size, folding/ pleating towards from the East point to the West point.
  • Slip your Serviette Ring over the north point and gently pull downwards so that only the top 1/3 of the serviette goes though the ring. Keep the north point of the serviette nicely centered.
  • Spread the bottom half out the serviette into a fan formation so that both halves are equal and it looks pleasingly balanced.The top of the serviette should taper gently up to the North point and if wanted a small flower can be inserted into the fold at the top and down into the napkin ring.
  • Place on empty plate.

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  1. The step-by-step photos certainly complement the very well written instructions making this easy to accomplish! Thanks Kiwi.



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