Buttonhole Napkins: Have You Ever Heard Of Such A Thing?

Buttonhole Napkins: Have You Ever Heard Of Such A Thing?

Tess Wilson
Nov 16, 2012

When I saw these napkins, handmade using Liberty of London fabric and inspired by first class airline napkins, I thought, "So pretty and ingenious! But who would ever use them?" Here's the thing: I don't think I've ever seen an adult eat with a napkin tucked into their shirt in real life. Have you?

Not that I don't understand the need for the napkin-tucked-in-the-shirt, of course- there have been a few occasions when a tarp tucked under the chin wouldn't have been overkill. But I guess I just didn't realize it's something people really did outside of movies and television. My other main question is: what do the ladies do? Or rather, what do the ladies and gentlemen who aren't wearing button down shirts do? Are there little clips available like at the dentist for those button-free among us?

I don't want you to think for a second that I'm mocking the lovely napkins and tutorial Molly has created for The Purl Bee. It's just all so mysterious to me! Molly herself had never heard of buttonhole napkins until she was upgraded on a recent flight, so I don't feel like too much of a rube, but still... Please weigh in on your napkin tucking habits and aversions!

(Image: The Purl Bee)

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