With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it's time to start planning your table settings! The envelope napkin fold is a simple and elegant addition that allows you to personalize your family's meal by including a greeting card, menu, or place card within the folded napkin. (See Step 10 for more insert ideas.)
All you need to make these are 20 x 20 square napkins. They can be any color and material. Although I recommend using a cotton over linen, as linen (I found out doing this instructable) has bias stretch which makes it a bit harder to get even folds and doesn't hold a crisp fold well.
TIP: If you'd like crisper, more paper-like folds, iron the folds as you go!
Let's get started!
Step 1: Open + Flat
Lay a square napkin down on a clean work surface so that it's open all the way. Iron if needed.
Step 2: Fold in Diagonal Half
Grab a hold of the right hand corner nearest you and fold it over to meet the opposite upper left corner. Straighten out the edges so that they all meet up.
Step 3: Turn It
Turn the triangle so that the longest side is parallel to you and the table's edge.
Step 4: Fold In
Fold the left corner in so that it sits JUST past the midway point of the long side of the triangle, like pictured.
Step 5: Fold in Again
Now repeat for the right hand corner.
Step 6: Fold Over
Take the lower left corner and bring it in to the bottom midpoint of the now 'house' shaped napkin. Press the new left side fold down.
Step 7: Fold Over Again
Repeat on the right side.
Step 8: Fold Up
Take both bottom corners and bring them up to rest just below the top right corners. Press down the new folds.
Step 9: Close the Envelope
Take the top point of the envelope 'flap' and bring it down (or close it) to complete the envelope.
Step 10: Add a Personalized Card
Use your envelope napkins to include a personalized 'letter' or card to each guest's plate. Some ideas for what this could be are:
- holiday greeting card
- place card
- family photos from past celebrations
- holiday story or poem
- coloring cards with pencil crayons for kids
- game cards: trivia, scavenger hunt, etc.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!! And if you decide to give these a try, please send me pictures via the comments section below. I'd love to see how yours turn out!
And to get a jumpstart on Christmas dinner table setting ideas, check out my Christmas Tree Napkin Fold instructable.