Create A Shirt Shaped Napkin Fold

Decorative napkin folds add a special touch to any formal table setting. Use this shirt shaped napkin for any Father's Day table setting.

Decoratively folded napkins are a wonderful, no-cost method of dressing up a dinner table. You can choose the napkin fold according to the theme of the holiday (if applicable) or simply go with the design that you like the best. The shirt napkin fold presented here would make a fine and appropriate addition to a Father's Day table setting. If you desire, add a small flower to the shirt's right side for a boutonniere and place nuts or candy down its front to serve as buttons.

You don't need any special experience to successfully fold a decorative napkin and most designs can be folded in just a couple of minutes. You may want to practice the napkin fold before the day of the event so that you may become accustomed to the folds of this particular design.

In order to successfully fold this shirt design you will need a square cloth napkin, an iron and ironing board, a ruler, and a few straight pins. This design and most others will be easier to fold 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. Place a pressed, square cloth napkin onto your work surface so that the edges 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 straight pins to divide the napkin into three equal vertical sections. Do not place the pins along the vertical length of the napkin. Instead, place them as close to the edges as possible and imagine the vertical lines that join them when necessary.

3. Bring the left edge of the napkin over to meet the (imagined) vertical line that is closest to the right edge. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.



4. Bring the right edge of the napkin over to meet the newly folded left edge. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

5. Bring the left edge of the napkin (top layer only) over to meet the right edge. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool. Remove the straight pins inserted in Step 2.

6. Gently lift up the folded flap created in the previous step and bring the underlying right edge over to meet the left edge. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool. The sides of the napkin should be symmetrical.

7. Bring the top edge of the folded napkin down so that the resulting flap's free edge come approximately ΒΌ of the way down the length of the napkin. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

8. Turn the napkin over and position it so that the narrow folded edge created in Step 7 is at the top.

9. Use a ruler and straight pins to mark out the vertical center of the napkin. Do not place pins all the way down the napkin's length, one or two placed at the top should do.

10. Bring the upper left corner of the napkin down toward the center of the model, stopping just short of the vertical center line. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool. Repeat for the napkin's upper right corner. This forms the collar of the shirt. You may want to adjust the folds in order to create a wider or narrower collar.

11. Remove the straight pins placed in Step 10.

12. Turn the bottom edge of the napkin up just a bit. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

13. Bring the bottom edge of the napkin up to tuck under the collar created in Step 10. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool. This creates the body of the shirt. You can adjust the length of the shirt by making the fold created in Step 12 narrower or wider.

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