Serviette/Napkin Folding, Arrow Fold.

“My interest in serviette folding was born on a wet day at my Grandmother's house, I was a pre teen and helping her with the ironing and watched while she ironed serviettes into wonderful shapes and neatly stacked them for use. I asked her to show me how and she did. Once you know several folds and people see them, they often have at least one other that you haven't seen before, you gain knowledge of the new one and on it goes. Now that I have already posted all the napkin folds I know, I decided to look on the net for some new ones to learn. This was is called the arrow fold and looks stylish on a plate. I tried this with both cloth and paper serviettes and found that the paper ones don't sit bend fluidly with the last step because of the prefolded crease in them, that can be easily remedied by an additional fold that turns that central crease into a neat point. As usual I hope that my step-by step photo will be easy to follow.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 paper, serviette (large)
  • 1 cloth, serviette (large)


  1. Lay your serviette out flat and square before you. Take the top left and right corners and bring them down to the bottom left and right corners so that it is folded in half horizontally with the crease at the top.
  2. Take the top right hand corner (where the crease is) and bring it to the center bottom point if the rectangle shape. Repeat with the top left hand corner. You should now have a triangle shape with a vertical gap running down the middle.
  3. Take the corner of the right loose flap that just folded down (it's in the bottom centre of the triangle) and fold it back on itself so that what *was* the middle line is now matching the outside edge of the triangle. Repeat with the left side loose flap. You should still have a triangle shape but it now looks like a triangle with a shirt collar LOL.
  4. Take hold of the serviette at the top point of the triangle and at the bottom centre of the triangle and and raise it so that it stands proud of the two " collar" pieces on each side.
  5. IF you have paper serviettes, there will be a pre-formed factory made crease along this centre line (of the last step) and because of it the serviette probably won't want to stay raised in the middle, so bring the centre in towards itself until the bottom parts of the "collar" meet and then gently press the top bit down so that you have a top triangle with the crease in the centre. I found that by creasing the outer pleats of this top triangle, it did stay raised up.

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