This simple knot napkin fold is perfect for a more modern or understated table setting any time of year.
I just love a good napkin fold. It’s amazing how the right fold can take a simple square of fabric and create such an impactful (but useful) decorative element for a table setting. When I was 18 and working in banquets at a fancy hotel, I used to love learning the different napkin folds that we’d use for more casual or more formal settings and it was always amazing to watch how the room transformed as the tables were set for the meal. Of course, the perfectly-folded napkins were always the final touch. I still love how cloth napkins can transform a table and we use them regularly in our house when we do fun “fancy” meals. I have quite a collection, but these new block printed napkins are my favourites. With a beautiful patterned napkin like this, it’s sometimes better to go simpler with your napkin fold so the fabric can really stand out, and that’s where this easy simple knot napkin fold comes in.
The Simple Knot Napkin Fold
I think these knotted napkins might be a bit of a trend right now because I’ve been seeing them quite often on different table setting Instagram accounts that I follow. They can either look sloppy or just right, depending on how you do them so today I thought I’d show you how I fold them so they come out looking casual, but still crisp and tidy every time.
You can find the napkins that I’m using for this fold here at Kochi Stores Toronto, who I just discovered. I reached out to them and let them know how excited I was to find them and they sent me a few different napkin styles to try, as well as this beautiful blue and white tablecloth. I just can’t get enough of these fabrics together. 🙂
Folding the Simple Knot
Start out by laying your napkin out in a diamond with the good side down.
Fold the top and bottom corners together to meet in the middle. Keep in mind that no napkin is ever perfectly square and that it will all still work out just fine if everything doesn’t look perfectly straight. 🙂
Fold the bottom and the top so that they meet in the middle again, as pictured.
Fold the whole thing in half along that centre line that you’ve created.
Now you’ve create a big long ribbon! Tie that in a simple knot!
Choose which side of the knot you like best, then straighten the tails so they look best for displaying with that side of the knot up.
Then make a bunch more!
Here’s how the napkins looked on my tablesetting.
Do you have a favourite napkin fold! I think this might be mine, for the time being at least! 🙂
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.