Cruise passengers everywhere enjoy their nightly towel animal. Many wish to unfold the mystery of how to fold these delightful creations. With the help of a very cooperative Carnival stateroom steward, we discovered the secret on our last cruise.
To make a towel gorilla, start with the standard towel animal body, same as the rabbit or frog. Lay out a large bath towel and roll both ends in to the center. Start each end by folding over just a little bit and don’t roll too tightly.
Fold rolled towel in half, rolls to the outside. Pull the tips out of the end of each roll. Holding both tips of the same roll in one hand, and the other roll in the other hand, pull rolls tightly into two sets of two legs on animal body.
For the head, use a small bath towel or large hand towel. Fold 1/3 of towel crosswise.
Fold the part you’ve just folded over the remaining third.
Fold first one corner down onto itself in a triangle, and then the other so the whole thing becomes one big triangle.
Fold the long side at the bottom up as if making a paper hat. It sort of resembles a sailboat at this point if you have a good imagination.
Fold the whole thing in half down the middle, with all previous folds on the outside.
Push a nose out the center of what were the two triangles, and shape as desired.
Place head between the two sets of legs and pull body into sitting position while bringing legs toward each other as well as toward you, same as with the frog.
Position gorilla legs as desired and decorate with sunglasses.
Gorilla Head with Open Mouth
If you would like your gorilla to have an open mouth you just need to watch the position of the earlier folds in the head towel as you put in the later ones.
After the initial three folds, set the towel down with the part that has an open edge underneath and the part where both ends have folds on top. Make the folds for the triangle from the side with the open edge so that the open edge is at the point of the triangle and coming down the edges where the triangles meet.
Fold the long edge over the top of the towel.
Fold the towel in half keeping the top part as the outside. Hold the neck bits that hand down with one hand to keep the head together while pulling down the lower edge that did not have a fold at the start to make the gorilla’s mouth open.
Tuck the head between the arms of the body to keep it together and decorate as desired. I put googly eyes and a tongue on this one.
The gorilla is the fourth of a series on folding individual towel animals. For more towel animal instructions, check out the seal, rabbit, frog, pig, crab, or snake. It may not be an animal, but for more towel folding ideas, how about the easier to fold and sometimes useful towel cake? To see all the towel folding instructions visit My Cruise Stories Towel Animal Page.
Next up in this series, the ever-popular hanging towel monkey.
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