The hanging towel monkey is one of the all-time favorites of cruise ship passengers. Most towel monkeys hang around cruise ship staterooms. Ours took a tour of the ship on the Carnival Liberty, and with these directions it’s almost like the little rascal climbed into the suitcase and came home with us.
After watching Astika, our Carnival stateroom steward, fold a hanging towel monkey John decided to try folding a monkey of his own. He thought it looked great. I thought it looked like a towel robot monkey. I referred to it as Robomonkey for the rest of the cruise.
Lay a large bath towel out flat. Roll each end to the middle from the short sides. Start by folding over just a small bit of towel at the beginning of the roll and make the rolls not too tight, yet not loose either.
Fold the rolled towel in half with the rolls to the outside.
Pull the tips out of the end of each roll. Hold the two tip ends of one roll in one hand and the other roll in the other and let your two hands have a tug-o-war while they pull the ends of the rolls until the layers pull tight and it turns into the body of your four-legged creature of choice. For more details and photos for folding animal bodies, Click onto the links for the rabbit or gorilla. Both of those blogs have more detailed information on folding the standard animal body.
On the ship, Astika hung the monkey into the metal framework bordering the cabin ceiling. Obviously people don’t have this at home. We tied the tips of the monkey’s arms together with a small rope and took it all over the ship hanging it in different places for photos and that worked great. You can tie its arms together, or use clothespins and hang it on a clothes hanger. Hang the body up as desired.
Use a washcloth to make the head. Lay the washcloth flat and then fold it in half into a triangle.
Fold one of the short sides of the triangle up toward the peak, but not quite all the way to the end. Repeat with the other side.
Flip it over so the folds you just made are on the underside, with the tips of the two folds you just made pointing toward you, although you can’t see them since they are on the bottom. It now somewhat resembles a square.
Fold up the corner closest to you, the one with your previous folds underneath so the folded tips are now on top. Again not quite in half, the corner tip of this fold does not quite meet the far corner.
Fold in half, with the part on top to the inside of the fold. The open edges of all the folded bits point downward on the inside of the folded head so that the narrower portion becomes the top of the head and the wider portion the bottom.
Turn head around and pinch or pull things a bit to bring face to the desired shape.
Insert the head into the pocket of space between the folds of towel that extend from the arms to the legs on the top of the hanging body.
Nestle the head tightly into the hollow between the arms.
Make any more adjustments desired to the face shape, body position, or to close any gaps between the longer folds of towel over the middle of the body.
Decorate as desired with eyes or other embellishments. Eyes can be made from bits of paper or felt or use googly eyes if you have them. Paper or felt will stick to the towel, but googly eyes need tape. Double stick works best.
Next up in the towel animal folding series: Snakes. Though not actually part of the series from Carnival, I’ve had requests for a one-towel animal so the next towel blog up is snakes.
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