Create A Purse Shaped Napkin Fold

Dress up a formal tea or a Mother's Day table setting with this purse shaped napkin fold. Create the simply elegant design in minutes.

Most decorative napkin folds are really quite simple to make. Just two or three minutes of folding will allow you to embellish your formal table setting with a rare style and elegance. You can choose your napkin fold to coordinate with a particular holiday or event; or, simply choose one that most appeals to you. The purse shaped napkin fold presented here would make a beautiful addition to either a tea or Mother's Day table.

Just a few materials are required before you begin folding. You will need a square cloth napkin, an iron and ironing board, a ruler, and a few straight pins. The folding process will be easier if you use the ironing board as your work surface and press the napkin in between folds. Always check the fiber content of your napkin in order to determine the most appropriate setting for your iron.

1. Position a pressed, square cloth napkin on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If applicable, make sure that the textured or printed side of the napkin is facing down.

2. Use a ruler and one straight pin to mark the exact center of the diamond shape.

3. Bring the top point down to meet the center point that was marked in Step 2. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

4. Remove the straight pin from the center of the napkin.

5. Repeat Step 3 for each of the remaining points. Use the existing folded point as a guide.



6. Re-position the resulting square shape so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.

7. Bring the bottom point up to meet the top point. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

8. Use a ruler and straight pins to divide the triangle's bottom edge into three equal parts.

9. Bring the left point of the triangle over to meet the pin marking closest to the napkin's right point. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool. Reach in between the layers of the napkin to remove the straight pins.

10. Bring the right point of the triangle over to meet the newly formed bottom left corner. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

11. Draw an imaginary line from the "v"-shaped intersection of the flaps folded over in Steps 9-10 down to the napkin's bottom edge.

12. Open up the top edge of the flap that was folded over in Step 10, from the "v"-shaped intersection down to the napkin's bottom left point. Simultaneously push up at the bottom left point. Push until the bottom left point comes up to lie flat at the "v"-shaped intersection of folds. The resulting crease line should run along the imaginary line drawn in Step 11 and a centered diamond shaped pocket should be formed. Press with an iron to set the diamond shape and allow the fabric to cool.

13. Bring the top point of the napkin down to tuck into the diamond shaped pocket created in Step 12. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

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