Half Circle Christmas Tree Napkins

Holiday Tree Napkin

This quick and adorable tutorial is perfect for hostess gifts, grandparents, or for your own table! These half circle Christmas tree napkins are more interesting than a square napkin and sew up in a jiffy! There’s a ton of different ways to fold them too! I’ll show you how great they are and then give you the complete tutorial! 

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Christmas Tree Napkin

The first option is the Christmas tree. It’s a holiday image that all of your guests are sure to love! Depending on what fabric you  use, you can make it look very traditional or very modern!

You can flip the Christmas tree upside down and tuck your silverware in for a cute little trumpet napkin!

Holiday Napkin

For a very flowy, sophisticated look, just randomly fold the napkin with a skinny, wide, and then medium fold. This is my favorite look!

Cloth Napkins

Another fun option is to make 6 skinny folds and tuck it under a small dish. It looks really classy whether you’re going for vintage, modern, or traditional holiday décor!

half circle napkin

Create a fan and tuck it under the bottom plate or charger for a really fun, flirty look!

Fan Napkin

Finally, for all my minimalist, hyper-modern readers, don’t fold the napkin at all! Tuck it under your offset dishes and wow your guests with your edgy look!

Circle Napkins

Now that you’ve seen all the ways you can fold half circle napkins, I’m sure you’re itching to make them; follow the tutorial below and be sure to show me your finished project!

Christmas Tree Napkin Tutorial (How to Fold Napkins)

Difficulty: Beginner

Makes: 8 half-circle napkins



Cut (4) 18″ diameter circles from each fabric. The easiest way to do this is to fold your 1 yard cut in half, and in half again. This creates 4 layers. Then, cut a string, about 12″ long. Tie an erasable fabric marker to the end and pin the other end onto the fabric. Re-measure the string and wrap around the marker until you have 9″. Keeping the sting taught, drawing a circle around the pinned spot. Cut along the marks.

Iron the circles in half. Cut in the fold to get a half circle.

Repeat with all 8 circles (4 of each fabric).


Place a half circle on a flat surface, right side up. Place a contrasting half circle on top, right side down. Pin.

Sew around the half circle using a 1/4″ seam, making sure to leave about 4″ open on the straight edge. This will allow you to turn it right side out.

Clip the corners and cut triangles along the curve. Turn right side out, press.

Once all seams are pressed, topstitch around all sides using 1/8″ seam and matching thread.

Repeat on the remaining half circles.

Cloth Christmas Napkin

There you have it! A quick and easy gift that is sure to awe the receiver! They’ll be able to use them throughout the winter and next Christmas too! Make sure to show off your finished napkins or show me how you like to fold your napkins in the comments below. Merry Christmas!

A full tutorial on how to make and fold half-circle napkins for Christmas!

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Want more great holiday tutorials and patterns? Hop on over to my Poinsettia Placemat Tutorial or grab a copy of my Sashay Christmas stocking pattern and hang it with care on your gorgeous fireplace!

Poinsettia Placement Tutorial

Christmas Stocking Sewing Pattern


  1. One other way I did mine was to starch them lightly and stand them up like a tree next to the plate. Love mine

  2. Rachel, I love all the displays using your half circle napkins! How clever. We all want to have a beautifully set table during the holidays, and we can use ideas from creative people like you! Your fabric choices are lovely as well.

  3. what fabric did you use for the white napkins? great site!

    • Hi Virginia,
      Thanks for your question. It was a while ago, so I’m not 100% sure, but I think it might have been by Moda. In any case, it’s just a regular quilting cotton. I hope that helps!

  4. Thank you for your answer. I found some white fabric with a very muted design which seems to be just the look I was after. Love your ideas.

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