FOLDING A CHEVRON NAPKIN:
Nothing says elegance and care like sitting down at a table to find a beautifully folded napkin.
In recent years this has become a dying art. No longer popular, these tangible acts of hospitality have been replaced with a more casual, less staged look. I like both ways of placing a napkin on a table, but I love the creativity of folding a napkin.
In yesterday’s blog, Cheery Pear Tablescape (10-28-08), I chose a yellow chevron folded napkin to tuck silverware inside (go check it out).
As promised, here is my tutorial of how to fold a chevron envelope napkin:
*Grab a paper napkin. If it is not a square, cut it into a square. This is your practice napkin. Please ignore directions to iron your practice napkin. DO NOT IRON IT! Now go on, get one… I’ll wait…
*The secret to folding a well done napkin is to choose the right size and fabric for each fold style. For the chevron, I used a 19 inch square napkin of heavy cotton.
*Ironing the napkin will insure crisp folds and a smooth surface. Iron after each step. If you do not own an iron you can still fold this napkin, the results will be nice, just not as crisp.
* fold the napkin in half
* fold in half again
*position with open point at the top
*fold down the first layer almost to the bottom- CENTER POINT
* fold the next layer on top of the first, let the hem or a small border show of the first layer- CENTER
*continuing folding the next-to-last layer down, leaving a border of the layer before it showing- CENTER POINT
*turn napkin over, folded side down and at the bottom
* fold in the left point of the napkin towards the center about 1/3 of the way- DO NOT PRESS YET
* fold in the right point of the napkin toward the center, slightly overlapping the other side about 1/3 of the way – DO NOT PRESS YET
* turn over and make sure the top point is CENTERED. If not adjust the folded sides. Press
* tuck silverware, nametag, decoration, etc. in envelope pocket.
Yea! YOU DID IT! Now, go make a pretty table!