Turkey Fantail Napkin Fold Tutorial for Thanksgiving

With the calendar page turned to November, I have all things turkey on my mind! I’m sharing a fun and easy turkey fantail napkin fold for your Thanksgiving table!

I used a colorful plaid napkin to mimic the bright plumage on these foil wrapped chocolate turkeys I found at World Market recently. For best results, choose a fabric napkin that has some ‘body’ to help the fantail hold its shape.

Here are the easy steps for this fantail turkey napkin fold. It’s more complicated to write than it is to do:

With the right side facing down, fold the bottom of napkin up towards the top, leaving 1 1/2 inches of space between top edge and bottom edge (the hem will show with this first fold). Repeat, folding bottom half up again leaving another 1 1/2 inches of space. Press folds with an iron if desired for a crisp edges.

Fold left edge of napkin over 1 1/2 inches, then fold back over, repeating to make even accordion pleats down the length of napkin.

Hold bottom edge of napkin so it resembles a fan, and slide on a napkin ring to hold in place. My ‘family’ napkin rings came from Pottery Barn several years ago and are still available, here.

These Royal Stafford Turkey plates are some of my favorites and have a touch of blue with fruit, flowers and wheat along the border of the plates. I found them at HomeGoods several years ago.

You can see them at the table, here, along with an easy method to create a blooming pumpkin, no cutting required!

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  28 comments for “Turkey Fantail Napkin Fold Tutorial for Thanksgiving

  1. November 3, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I chuckled when I seen that napkin..it really did look like a turkey tail..much like the ones we made in grade school and that was a loooooong time ago!! I showed my hubby and he said that is folder perfectly…that quite a compliment from a retired math teacher and pilot now wood worker!! I love your turkey plates since I have almost the exact pattern. Can’t wait for the blog hop..thank you for sharing!!! 🦃🦃🦃🦃

  2. Karen Wright
    November 3, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Love that napkin fold!!! I’m trying that!!! Just adorable!!! You have such great ideas and are so talented! Thanks for sharing!!! You make my days brighter, Mary! Happy weekend!

  3. Cyndi Raines
    November 3, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Love this, how Fun! Will do this for sure and pinned also. Pottery Barn now offer some napkin rings like yours, but they now say “Friends and Family”. THANKS Mary for all of your great Ideas! Love them, Love You!

  4. Cyndi Raines
    November 3, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Just tried It! Awesome! Thanks again Mary.

    • November 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Thanks for letting me know Cyndi and about the PB napkin rings too. 🦃🍁🍽

  5. Marie in AZ
    November 3, 2017 at 9:13 am

    This is perfect for Thanksgiving! Great instructions, thank you!

  6. November 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I will make these to take to my daughters for Thanksgiving! Love it! Have a beautiful weekend, Mary!

  7. Ricki Treleaven
    November 3, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I love it. Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. November 3, 2017 at 11:15 am

    What a cute idea , and a great tutorial, Mary! Thanks for sharing with us. I’ll take a chocolate turkey before I leave…yum, and so perfect as a little treat.

  9. November 3, 2017 at 11:37 am

    So cute!!!

  10. November 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    How clever, great napkin fold.

  11. November 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Those look great in the plaid, and the way you put them on the plate really look like a turkey. Nice!

  12. November 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Really pretty plaid tail feathers Mary! Would love to find some foil turkeys for our setting too. Happy Weekend:@)

  13. Marion
    November 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I love that plaid napkin you have used,it is lovely.

  14. Joan
    November 3, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I like the way you have made the Turkey napkin. Great idea.

  15. Marilyn
    November 3, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Thank You for sharing this Turkey napkin tutorial. It is lovely.

  16. Norma Rolader
    November 3, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Oh what a chuckle I got when I seen the napkin and it really did look like turkey feather fan … the colors are perfect Thank you for sharing and the how to

  17. November 3, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    These look so cute in the colorful plaid! I must try!

  18. November 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Love it Mary! You always have the most perfect details on your table! Thanks for providing us with great ideas that we all can easily apply! Have a great weekend!

  19. Maureen
    November 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Cool idea, Mary.

  20. November 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing your lovely fall table and turkey fan fold…I’m refusing to look at Christmas posts…right now.

  21. Raye Fletcher
    November 20, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Love this napkin fold. Already have my table set using these. I didn’t have the cute plaid napkins but used a fall leaf napkin, it looks really cute with those too.

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