napkin folding

Napkin Folding Art: Tri-Fold Pocket

Continuing our napkin folding series, I want to show you the tri-fold pocket. This one may seem a little complicated and overwhelming at first, but I promise it’s as simple as it is versatile. I like to use this one when I can’t quite find the perfect silverware to match my table. You can slide your pieces into the folds and it looks great without having to coordinate the handles. It’s also a fun way to use flowers or herbs from my garden, or you could slide place cards or menus into the pockets as well.

The fold looks great with plain napkins, but ones with patterns really shine. It’s a great way to make a napkin you use often look a little different since the fold breaks up the print. Pomegranate’s Pineapple Citrus is one of my favorites because the classic stitched edge really steals the show with this fold. Have fun with this one!

Tri-Fold Napkin Tutorial
napkin folding

To start, fold your napkin in half with the pattern sides touching; fold again into fours with the stitching on the top and right.

napkin folding

Next, take the top layer from the top right corner and fold it down to the bottom left. Take the next layer and fold it down, tucking it under the top fold and do the same with the next layer. Allow a little space between each fold as shown. Flip your napkin over and fold an inch or so on the right and left side to the back.

napkin folding

Now you have it. We hope you enjoy finding fun ways to display this fold!

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