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Lacy Fan Napkin Fold Tutorial

I like thinking up new ways to fold napkins and this is what I came up with for the tablescape I shared yesterday.  It's very easy to do!

I began with these vintage lace doilies which roughly measure 12" x 9" .  You could cut strips of lace or use a wide lace ribbon to get the same effect.

Fold a portion up so that it's about 6.5"-7" 
Fold a contrasting colored, 16"-18", dinner napkin in half twice to make a square and lay at an angle over the lace.  

Fold in each side about an inch or two.

Fold in half
Turn it over
 And use your thumbs to hold each side and create one fold at the center, so that there are three even folds.
Then slip a ribbon underneath

And tie it tightly and you're almost done!

Now set a pretty table with your newly folded napkins!

These posts have some pretty napkin folds that I have been asked about doing as well, so you might want to take a look.  Only a couple have the tutorials but I put the links anyway in case you want to see the whole table.  The rosebud fold I found on YouTube but Yvonne at Stone Gable has a tutorial for these also.  They are really pretty!

Rosebud HERE

Pocket Book HERE

Knotted HERE

 Cocktail Napkin Wrapped around dinner napkin HERE

Sharing at Pink Saturday


  1. Thankyou for the tutorial....that looks so pretty.

  2. Nancy, I thought the napkin detail you showed this week was exquisite. Thanks for showing us how you did this. It makes a beautiful statement, as do the other ideas. You should link this to Kathleen's Let's Dish next week.
    ~ Sarah

  3. How clever and beautiful! I will have to try that for the holidays.
    Happy Pink Saturday and that you for sharing your ideas...
    ♥ Jil

  4. This is soooo way beyond my talents in the kitchen and dining room. Or lack thereof.

  5. Thanks Nancy. I'm going to try that right away before I forget..Happy Weekend..Judy

  6. I'm really loving your beautiful center piece, with the candles. I like all your napkin folds.
    Happy Pink Saturday.

  7. How pretty. Love your whole table actually. We did the roses in the glass for a women's luncheon a few years ago. I never saw the wallet one or the first one you did...beautiful! xo Diana

  8. Love the lace with the napkin! Never thought of that!

    P.S. I found you on Pink Saturday

  9. Beautiful job, love the napkins and lace together.

  10. Love your pink this week. So pretty!

    My PINK..., have a great weekend!

  11. As always,so well done.Love visiting you. Hugs Denise

  12. I love your diy video tutorial! This table is also beautiful, and you always offer such good ideas and information.

    Satin Chair Covers

  13. Great post, Nancy. I will definitely try some of these folds. That is one gorgeous piece of lace.

    Happy Pink Saturday.♥

  14. Nancy...Thanks for sharing your napkin tutorials. They are all so beautiful. I think it makes such a difference at the table. I taught my daughters and even some of my grandaughters some folds. Napkin folds can really add color and/or beauty to a table and help lend an extra feeling and dimension to the theme. Am now going to all your other 'heres' to see all these other amazing folds. Thanks again for sharing Nancy. You always do a masterful job.


  15. Thank you for that tutorial, Nancy! The napkins are just so pretty. But as I started to read your post I thought "That doilie looks beautiful on that rush charger.... I wonder how a place setting would look layered on it?" Have you used the doilies that way before?

  16. Thanks for the tips! I have just become your latest follower, which is confusing, since I thought I had already signed-up! Love your posts about the history of your transferware!

  17. Beautiful Nancy! Your table is stunning, and the addition of your craftily designed napkins is fab! I adore using the lace like you did. It looks amazing.
    What gorgeous dishes as well.

  18. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Gorgeous with your lovely
    China and stemware!!Love the lace with the napkin!also
    I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
    XXOO Diane


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