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Serviette/Napkin Folding, the Simple Pocket

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“Between the teachings of my grandmother, an aunt, my mother and several restaurants I learned a lot about serviette/ napkin folding. Here's a step-by-step instruction on how to make one of the easiest of them all.. Works well with cloth napkins, or larger paper ones. I have included step-by-step photographs to illustrate/supplement the written directions. I learned this one at the Oasis Restaurant in the small town of Omarama, in New Zealand.”

Ingredients Nutrition

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


  1. Lay your serviette square out flat before you.
  2. Fold the top and bottom left hand edges to meet the top and bottom right hand edges. You will have a long rectangle with the fold on the left hand edge.
  3. Fold the bottom short edge up about 1/3 of the way up the rectangle. Then repeat another 1/3 of the way up.
  4. Carefully turn the serviette over and fold the top and bottom East edge to the centre.
  5. Repeat with the West edge.
  6. Carefully turn this over again and you will have a neat package that has a pocket at the bottom into which a nametag, cutlery, flowers or a small gift can be inserted.

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