SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE A TOWEL PIG
One bath towel, one hand towel, one washcloth, two eyes (paper, felt, googly eyes, whatever works for you.) Any other desired embellishments such as felt or paper nostrils.
HOW TO FOLD A TOWEL PIG
Making the towel pig body
Starting with the bath towel, make the standard towel animal body. Lay the towel out flat, and from the short sides roll each end to the middle. Start each roll with just a small amount of towel folded over. Make the rolls tight reasonably tight, but not so tight you won’t be able to pull the ends out of them later.
Fold the rolled towel in half, with the rolled part on the outside.
Pull the tips out of the end of each roll.
Hold the tips you just pulled out of the ends of the rolls with the two tips from one roll in one hand and the two tips from the other roll in the other hand. Pull all four at once until the rolls pull into legs and the towel becomes a body.
Place the body into a sitting position.
How to fold the towel pig’s tail
Use the washcloth to make the towel pig’s tail. Start by folding the washcloth in half like a very sloppy triangle in which the end points totally missed each other.
Roll from the straight end so the points end up on the outside of the roll.
Tuck one end of the tail under the body and position as desired.
How to fold the towel pig head
Now comes the hard part for this towel animal, making a towel pig head. Use the hand towel for this step. First fold the towel in half crosswise (not too hard yet…)
Next fold down the corners of the folded end so that end has a pointy tip.
Tuck a fair portion of the pointy tip down under the towel.
Now it starts getting a bit harder. Roll in both sides to the middle.
Pick the towel up and turn it to see the other side. The pointy tip previously folded under will sort of resemble a pig snout at this point. Sculpt it a bit rounder with your hands until it actually looks like a pig snout.
Now the really hard part. The back of the head has two rolls. Bring the top of each one over a bit toward the side of the head it is on, as those bits will become ears.
Then fold both layers down to the snout at the middle. Sculpt the snout and ears as desired and place the head on the body.
Decorate as desired.
To add more stability to the head if you want the pig to be easily transportable a safety pin or tape could be added to the back, or a pipe cleaner wrapped around it under the fold. Of course the tail isn’t attached either.
Click link for a list of blogs with instructions on how to fold a variety of other towel animals.
Next up in this series on how to fold towel animals is: Towel Elephant
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I bet Hannah would love to find a towel animal on her bed. You should come and make her one (that’s not creepy, she’s my Mom…)
You could make her a snake. They’re really easy and if you taped the eyes on she could carry it around and play with it since it is all one piece.
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This one is great! My dad is coming in town this weekend and I plan to have this little pig greet him in our spare room. Thanks for this detailed post.
Very interesting tutorial! Nice! Thanks for sharing!
You can use decorative folding in your home, too. Some do it for fun while others do so because they want to add something beautiful to their bathroom décor. You are sure to impress guests with towel folding. You can create everything from a swan to an elephant. Flowers, cats , and even lobsters can add a whimsical touch to spaces.
That piggy is CUTE! The eyes and ears and snout really make it come alive.
love this design and have used the plan but made it into a boxer dog. Just adjusted the nose and ears.