Folding cloth napkins

The Standing Napkin Fan Fold

The Standing Fan Napkin Fold

Elegant and decorative, this is a classic napkin folding technique. As usual, and iron helps but is not necessary.


Napkin Fold #1
1. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you.
Napkin Fold #2
2. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end towards you.
Napkin Fold #3
3. Fold the napkin like an accordion starting at either narrow end. Leave one end with 2-3 inches of unfolded napkin to support the standing fan.
Napkin Fold #4
4. Fold the napkin in half with the accordion folds on the outside.
Napkin Fold #5
5. Grasp the unfolded corners where they meet on the open end and fold them in diagonally, tucking them under the accordion folds.
Finished Fan Fold
6. Open it and stand it up. A beautiful fan for a beautiful dinner.