It occurred to me as I started writing this post that you’re probably getting sick of seeing this cloth napkin! I just want to assure you that this is indeed the LAST time you will! :-) I just had so much fun rediscovering my sewing machine with this simple cloth napkin project, the creative juices just kept flowing!
Since my daughter’s wedding is right around the corner (T-minus 10 days!) I’ve been on the lookout for ideas for those little touches that make a reception “special”. When I saw this idea for folding a napkin from the Church Ladies, I knew it would be perfect for our “elegant barbecue” theme.
So I grabbed one of my DIY cloth napkins and gave it a try. I actually love the way it turned out (even if it’s not exactly like the one the Church Ladies did,) however, I didn’t take into account that MY napkins have a “wrong side” that ended up showing in the final folded product. I don’t mind the look, but it’s just something to take into consideration.
Let’s see if I can manage to describe how this is done. Luckily the pictures really do tell the story of how to do this.
Step One: Fold the cloth napkin in half and then in half again. (If your napkins has a “wrong” side like mine, you want the “wrong” side facing up at this point.)
Step Two: Fold back the top layer until that corner is touching the opposite corner.
Step Three: Fold back the second layer half as far over as the first layer, and then fold the third layer half again as much.
Step Four: Now flip the napkin over (making sure the folds stay in position) and fold both sides in towards the center with one side slightly overlapping the other.
Step Five: Flip the napkin back over and insert your knife, fork and spoon in the “slots” you have just created!
Pretty cool huh?
I also tried it with a bandana I had lying around and that was a fun option as well! And, of course, you can always use large paper dinner napkins as well.
I hope you have fun trying this out for your next “special occasion”…or maybe surprise your family or friends at dinner TONIGHT! :-)