Learn how to create these darling folded napkins for Father's Day

When it comes to holidays, the royal treatment isn’t reserved just for Mother’s Day anymore. While I tend to think of Father’s Day as a holiday to relax by the pool and fire up the BBQ, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress things up a little when it comes to place settings. Think of dad’s favorite polo shirt and you’re on the right track…

Similar to this folded napkin tutorial that we featured for Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be a sweet idea to fold cloth napkins into shirts for Father’s Day. Keep scrolling to see a step-by-step tutorial showing you how to transform an ordinary cloth napkin into an adorable polo shirt for your upcoming Father’s Day celebrations…

Polo Shirt Folded Napkins

Pretty cool right? Here’s a collage of all the steps you can pin to Pinterest and remember the next time you want to use this fun napkin trick:

T-shirt folded napkin tutorial for cute Father's Day table decoration


1. Start with a square napkin and fold each corner so that the tips are in the center creating a smaller square.

2. Fold the right side of the napkin into the center. Repeat with the left side so that they meet in the middle.

3. Flip the napkin over. Fold the top of the napkin down about an inch.

4. Flip the napkin over a second time. Fold the top right corner of the napkin in so that the points meet in the center of the napkin.

5. Fold the top left corner in so that it meets the other point in the center of the napkin. You’ll notice that this creates the t-shirt collar.

6. If you aren’t using an iron to flatten each fold, find something to weigh down your collar while you complete these next couple of steps (I used a spoon!). At the bottom center of the napkin, fold the right flap out diagonally.

7. Fold the left flap of the napkin out diagonally, similar to step 6.

8. Fold the bottom of the napkin up so that it tucks under the collar.

9. Smooth everything nice and flat so that the t-shirt stays in place on each plate.

10. For the finishing touch, I added a cute little bowtie with a piece of ribbon. Viola!

Father's Day folded napkins on LaurenConrad.com

I can’t wait to put these on every place setting this Father’s Day.

Will you be recreating these adorable t-shirt folded napkins for your dad?

Let me know in the comments below!

XO Lauren

Video: Yoni Goldberg for LaurenConrad.com / Music: Mark Saul for LaurenConrad.com
Photos: Stephanie Todaro for LaurenConrad.com
  • manuela

    Hi Lauren this napkin is Amazing!!!!!!!
    I’m from Italy where the father’s day is on march! I didn’t know you celebrate this festivity now..
    anyway I’ll try to recreate this napkin!
    thank you xoxo M.

  • lovely place setting.

  • Cute! My mother would love this. She’s obsessed with napkin folding patterns. <3
    Likely By Sea

  • Jocelyn Xia

    Happy early Father’s Day, everyone!!!!

    J. Xia

    • Ruoyi Tong

      You too!!!!

      Ruoyi T.

  • Arabella Sung

    aww this is so cute!


    Arabella Sung

  • Helen Harm

    This is absolutely adorable! Perfect for any meal on Sunday!

    xo Helen @ http://www.kaleidoscopespinning.com

  • Allie Anderson

    Great ideas!!!

  • Mackenlee Rimes

    all i can say is that the napkin decoration is AMAZING! Will try this out despite my lackluster coordination 🙂


    Mackenlee Rimes

    • LaurenConradOnline

      You got it Mackenlee! We promise it’s not too difficult. 😉 Can’t wait for you to try it!

  • Oooh! I love origami so these are right up my alley. Maybe I’ll give them a try this weekend! 😀

    • LaurenConradOnline

      How fun! You’ll be a natural then! xo

  • This is so great! Could be used for other celebrations too =o)


  • How cute

  • Aww these are absolutely adorable <3 🙂 Haha I'm going to make some for my dad to surprise him with on the morning of Father's Day when he comes downstairs for breakfast! Thank you for sharing this wonderful little tutorial!

    XO, Elizabeth

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  • Meiqy Tong

    Tried the napkin craft when I invited some male relatives over…. Can’t tell you how many compliments I got! Will definitely use this again on Father’s Day! It’s a lot easier than it looks, BTW!


    Meiqy Tong

  • Ellie H

    i love this so much

  • Such a cute idea!

    xo, Carey

  • Nathalie Zhang

    great idea! and so simple too!

  • Shivangi Nandekaran

    Tried this out and it turned out wonderfully! Will tell everyone else about this for sure!

    • Sangita Nandekaran

      couldn’t agree more! Love it’s elegance and simplicity!

  • Ciara Wu

    Very cute idea! Can’t wait to try it!

    — Ciara Wu

  • This looks so cool ? I remember doing something similar in primary school as a card for fathers day ?

    Daisy Candle