Towel Animals delight most passengers on many of the major cruise lines. I haven’t cruised on all of them (yet) so I can’t say for sure if everyone has them, but so far all the big ships I’ve sailed on with Carnival, Holland America, and Norwegian had daily towel animals. Even Imperial Majesty had them. I’ve learned a lot about folding towel animals since I first wrote this blog, and now have all sorts of other blogs about folding individual towel animals. Some even have videos.
The art of towel animal folding seems to elude most cruise ship passengers, just as it once eluded me. I’ve gone to the towel animal folding demonstrations on more than one cruise. While quite skillful towel folders, cabin boys do not usually have English as their first language. Sometimes their demonstrations can be pretty hard to understand. Getting a good seat for a demonstration poses a challenge on some ships as well. On the Poker Cruise to Mexico that we took on Carnival, I actually bought a towel folding book. Alas, it does not have enough pictures or detailed enough instructions for my towel folding challenged brain to understand. (Although I can fold the animals now I still think the book could use more information.)
I wrote a short blog once with a towel animal poll. (You can still vote, the poll never closes.) Since then I have gotten google hits from people looking for towel folding instructions. So I thought I would dust off the towel folding book and give it another shot.
Amazingly enough I actually made a pretty good body, something I never managed to do before. No comment on the heads.
For body type A, (as shown in the book instructions above) start with a full sized towel laid out flat.
Roll both ends toward the middle.
The rolls should be even in size when they meet at the middle of the towel.
Fold in half with the rolls to the outside.
Then pull the corner of each roll until it sticks out a little bit.
Take hold of two corners next to each other (the ones on the same side of the roll) with one hand, and the other two with the other hand and pull the corners until the rolls pull into legs and the body is tight.
Keep pulling until it looks like a finished body with four legs.
Now we need a head for this random headless creature. The bulldog head instructions seemed too hard, so I tried making a rabbit instead. It pretty much turned out looking like a dog.
Use a hand towel for the head. Fold in half crosswise.
Tuck the pointed side in and roll both sides to the center.
Try to do a better job than I did. If you have more towel to pull out the rabbit will have longer ears.
Decorate with sunglasses, or bits of cloth or paper or stickers.
Click link for a new blog with photos and video of stateroom steward folding a towel rabbit.
I made a donkey for body B, but I got lazy on the body and just took the one I’d already made and put it in a sitting position. It probably would have looked better if I made a new one. The rolls got a bit loose moving it around too much making different animals out of the same body.
Use a hand towel for the donkey head. Fold it in half lengthwise.
Then fold the corners down so it sort of forms a triangle.
Fold the pointy end down and then fold the corners so it makes a smaller triangle.
Roll both sides to the center.
While holding the rolled sides together, pull the forehead down and tuck it so the head stays rolled.
Shape the mouth and ears, then set it on the body and decorate.
For anyone else who is as bad at towel animal folding as me, I invented a couple of my own no-fail, so easy anyone can fold it towel animals.
First the snake. Start with a full-sized towel. Roll it so one end is small and pointy and the other end wide.
Use a washcloth for the head. You can pretty much fold the washcloth however you want so it looks like a head. Folding it in half diagonally and then folding the two ends down to the midpoint works pretty well. Or just crunch it up into a head shape, that works too. Pretty much anything works, different snakes have different shaped heads.
For the butterfly, use a brightly colored towel. Fold it in half crosswise.
Then squish in the middle and fluff out the ends like butterfly wings.
For the body, roll a washcloth with one end pointy and the other end wide. Tuck in the edge on the wide end to make the head.
Put the body on the wings and decorate.
I’m much better at folding towel animals now. Plus I discovered that most of my issues with heads when I wrote this blog were due to the fact that my hand towels are not the right proportions for it.
This is my new invention, the towel crab. I’m working on a series on folding individual towel animals. Each animal will have step by step instructions with still photos and some have a video of a stateroom steward folding the animal. It’s easy to make sure you don’t miss any upcoming animals. Just follow My Cruise Stories on twitter or networked blogs, “like” My Cruise Stories facebook page, or click the link on the sidebar to get an email or RSS subscription. Posted now: rabbit , frog, seal, hanging monkey, one-towel snake, pig, gorilla. turtle, cat, dog, elephant, dinosaur, penguin, bear, and stingray. Another easy-to-make towel folding project, which also comes in useful as a gift, is the towel cake.