Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year Napkins - Little Boot Napkin Fold

I moved to a new school when I was in the middle of 5th grade.  As I was shy, it took me awhile to make new friends.  Thankfully I arrived on library day where I would safely put my nose in a book.  On that day I was able to check-out what I felt was the 'neatest' book on the shelf; the title was simply,  Paper Folding.  I later discovered it was called "Origami" and have since taught myself many fun and interesting folding projects.  (The new talent also helped me make many new friends).

Here is a "Boot Napkin" that can be achieved with either a nice paper or fabric napkin.  You can add elegance or whimsy depending on your color and design choice.  It is fun to stuff the boot with a few sweets or dinner mints as well.  

To make, follow my instructions below:  (And special thanks to my little napkin holder who was very patient with my picture taking ;-)

Step 1:  Unfold the napkin with right side facing down.

Step 2:  Fold napkin 'up' once (fold of napkin toward you).

Step 3:  Fold napkin 'up' again (fold of napkin still towards you).

Step 4:  Fold right side down aligning with center fold of napkin.

Step 5:  Fold the left side down in same fashion.

Step 6:  Fold right and left side in once more.

Step 7:  Fold right side over to left side.

Step 8:  Rotate napkin to left so that fold of toe is facing up.

Step 9:  Fold top half of right side to align with left fold.

Step 10:  Fold extended point over the bottom half of right side (you're preparing it to tuck into left side)

Step 11:  Now fold over that right side and tuck it inside the little fold on your left.

Step 12:  Fold point of toe up a bit and stick your finger inside top of boot to open it up.

I hope you enjoy this little project.  These boots can be used for just about any occasion.  Be brave -- they look good even when using a simple, every day paper napkin.  Try making a pair of boots!

See:  Swan Napkin Fold 

If you enjoy napkin folding you may like to check out these titles from Powell's Books:  


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