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How to Fold Tuxedo Napkins

Use square napkins approximately 20 inches x 20 inches (50.8 cm) to make tuxedo napkins. Click here to see the New Year’s Eve post where I used these napkins.

Fold over the napkin into a triangle.

Make a 1 1/2 inch (3.81 cm) fold across the long side of the napkin. I used a glass to hold the fold into place while I took the picture.

Holding the 1 1/2 fold in place, flip over the napkin.

Fold over the right corner at an angle as shown in the picture below.

Then fold over the left corner to make the right side as shown below.

Holding everything tightly in place, turn over the napkin.

Fold in the right side at an angle as shown below.

Fold in the left side of the napkin.

Flip-up the bottom of the napkin and tuck the tail under the collar.

Flip-over the napkin and you have a tuxedo. Now to add a bow tie.

Bow ties can be made in a number of ways but I used a contrasting wired ribbon. Cut a piece of ribbon about 9 inches long.

Find the center of the ribbon and fold over the right side a little past the middle of the ribbon.

Fold over the left side of the ribbon and overlap it the other folded side.

Pinch the middle of the bow tie together and use a small skinny ribbon or a wired tie to finish the bow tie. If you use a small ribbon, wind it tightly around the middle of your bow two or three times and then cut it so the seam will be in the back of the bow tie. Use a hot glue gun to secure it on the backside. If using a wired tie, fold the tails behind the bow tie.

Place the bow ties on top of the napkins. I didn’t attach them to the napkins so that they could be removed when guests used the napkins.

Sparkly Pink New Year's Eve

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