Sailboat Napkin Fold

This napkin fold is a great fold to create with a striped napkin but it will work with any pattern. I used a 20″ square, blue and white striped napkin for this tutorial. Hope you enjoy this fun fold. It’s a great one for summertime dining.

Here’s a second way to display this fold for a completely different look:

You could even tuck a little surprise down into the center…maybe some flowers or a pretty sea shell.

Another great napkin fold for summertime is the “Double Sails” fold. You’ll find that fold HERE.

For more napkin folding ideas, click on “Tablescapes♦Napkin Folds♦Party Ideas ” at the top of this blog and scroll down a bit to where you’ll find previous tutorials. Happy folding! 🙂

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  1. Definitely fun, Susan. Thanks for the tutorial. ~ Sarah

  2. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    You make this look so simple & elegant, but I'd mangle it all up in a heart beat even with pictures & a tutorial! ☺

  3. Oh, that's certainly a "fun" fold. You do some great things with napkins. I'm always going in to check your tutorials when I want something unusual. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  4. Love the "summer" fold, and you have given such clear directions and wonderful visuals….being a visual learner, I love the pictures!!

  5. Magpies and Magnolias says

    You must be a mind reader. I've been toying with trying a nautical tablescape at some time in the future. This will definitely help!

    As a brand new tablescaper, I just want to thank you for all that you do to inspire me on a daily basis!

  6. DARLING Susan:
    Fortunately, I do have (and have had) off white plates and I found a 4 pc setting of salad plates two years ago, garage shopping, that had lighthouses on them. I don't have striped napkins….but I do have fabric ink to stamp white ones….hmmm. I will give this a whirl.
    As always, Lisa

  7. On Crooked Creek says

    I adore your napkin tutorials. . .you make them all so easy. Before these, I was lucky if my napkins were folded in half. . .you know the boxy rectangle or the chunky triangle. Yes, those are my OLD way of folding napkins. Can't wait til morning to try this out for the breakfast table! Thank you for sharing useful and enjoyable ideas for the home!

  8. ah…yes…brings back memories of a summer spent working in Mrs. Teapot's Tea Room for $3 per hr…folding lots of these….thanks…I had forgotten how…love the stripe fabric….

  9. Hi Susan,

    Thank you for another excellent tutorial — great images and clear, easy-to-follow directions! You're doing your readers a great service with this series on interesting, unusual napkin folds. This is the sort of thoughtful, unexpected touch that really takes a table setting to a higher level of "specialness!"

    Kindest regards,

  10. Dear Susan,
    what an overwhelming abundance of pretty tablesettings and good ideas your link collection shows. I remember so many of your tablesettings but to see all this little tumbnails is amazing.
    The napkin tutorial is great, thank you.
    Greetings, Johanna

  11. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    that's cute! I should really try some of these fun napkin folds.

  12. Graceful Moments says

    Thanks for the great tutorial. Your napkins are perfect for this fold…looks so nautical!!

  13. Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake says

    Thanks for the tutorial! Love it! I live on the lake and can't wait to try this!

  14. WhatMissLoves says

    Cute! I may try this for Sunday dinner!

  15. The Decorative Dreamer says

    Thank you so much!! As a weekend sailor I love this! You inspired me so much with this that I decided to start a page on my blog with links to my most favorite tutorials so I will always have them close at hand! Thanks again! :))

  16. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Thank you for this tutorial, I always wanted to know how to fold a napkin another way and here it is. You're amazing and so kind dear Susan, you make blogging so much more interesting and fun.


  17. Vintage Barn 27 says

    Love the nautical napkin folding. I will be doing this for our summer lunches on the deck. Thank you so much.

  18. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    I love this with the striped napkin. It is almost like making a paper hat (remember those)? This was a wonderful tutorial, thanks!

  19. Susan, I love the napkin sail.

    I recently helped with a nautical themed baby shower, and we folded striped paper into little boats using the trial and error method. Your tutorial would have come in handy! Thanks for all the great ideas you share.

  20. Pattie @ Olla-Podrida says

    As an avid napkin folder, I always appreciate your tutorials. I learn something new every time. Thanks so much!

  21. ...just another preppy shopaholic says

    What fun, thanks for sharing!

  22. Drachma Girl says

    Excellent! I went to a fancy Italian Cafe, and they had theirs done up like that and I was sooo impressed… Now I can do it too! Thank you so much!!! 🙂

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