Serviette/Napkin Folding, Fleur De Lis/Cardinal Combination

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“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 one seems to be a combination somewhere between Serviette/Napkin Folding, Fleur De Lis Variation. and Serviette/Napkin Folding, Fleur De Lis Variation Cardinal Hat, it's easy enough and it stands easily. I like it a lot.”

Ingredients Nutrition

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


  1. Lay your serviette out flat before you in a diamond shape.
  2. Bring the corner at the North point down to meet the South point. you should have before you a triangle shape with the crease at the top.
  3. Fold the East point of the triangle down to meet the South point, repeat with the West point. You will now have a diamond shape with a vertical gap running down the centre.
  4. There will be two loose points at the South position, take the right South point and bring it up to the point at North. Repeat with the left point at South. You will now have a diamond shape that consists of two smaller triangles at the top and one larger one at the bottom.
  5. Take the loose right point at North and turn it back on itself 45 degrees so that it looks like a little wing(these will be your Fleur de Lis flaps later) Repeat with the loose left point at North.
  6. Bring both the remaining points at south up the centre of the serviette, somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 so that there is a 1 inch (2.5 cm) gap between the bottom fold that you are making and the thicker base of the rest of the serviette. The actual distance will depend on how big your serviettes are. Crease the lowest crease well.
  7. Now fold this bottom crease up and over the bottom edge of the thicker base of the serviette to form a cuff.
  8. Carefully turn the serviette over and tuck the East/West points of the triangle into each other.
  9. Turn back to to the front side and halding the join firmly, gently ease it so that it stands up, bring the two little "wings" down so that they are like Fleur de Lis.
  10. You will end up with a standing serviette that has a cuff at the base, a decorative centre and Fleur de Lis flaps at the sides.

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