How To Fold a Towel Bat

how to make a bat out of towels

Towel Bat

A Bit About Bats

Vampire tales give bats a bad name, but very few bats are vampire bats – only 3 out of well over 1000 bat species – and even those feed on animals rather than humans.  Some bats function as pollinators and seed disperses in ecosystems that wouldn’t survive without them. Some even pollinate crops like bananas and agave.  About 70% of bat species are insectivores and perform a very beneficial role in pest control as bug eaters.  These bats can save crops as well as keeping yards mosquito free.  Bat droppings, called guano, make excellent fertilizer.

Supplies Needed to Make a Towel Bat

1 bath towel

1 washcloth

2 eyes

How to Fold a Towel Bat Body

making a towel bat body

roll both ends of a bath towel to the middle

Use a bath towel for the towel bat’s body.   Lay the towel out flat and roll both ends to the middle from the short sides.

folding a rolled towel

tuck one end of the rolled towel underneath the long rolls

Fold one end of the towel rolls under the rolled towel.

making towel bat wings

unroll outward leaving a wide opening at the unfolded end

Partially unroll the long top rolls, leaving a wide opening at the unfolded end.

batty towels

the body also makes the wings

How to Fold a Washcloth Bat Head

making a washcloth animal head

fold the corner down from the folded end

Lay the washcloth out flat.  Fold washcloth in half.

washcloth triangle

fold both sides over like triangles

Fold both ends over into triangles, with the original fold at the peak of the one big triangle left after folding the two corners.

roll the washcloth animal head

showing one side rolled, but you can roll both at the same time

Roll both sides of the triangle to the center.

how to fold a washcloth bat head

both sides rolled to the center

making a washcloth bat head

put a rubber band near the wide end

Place rubber band around rolled washcloth near the open wide end.

hiding the evidence

fold the flap of washcloth down over the rubber band

Fold flap of washcloth over rubber band.

Finishing the Towel Bat

finishing the towel bat

put the head on the body and add eyes

Place the head at the center of the fold in between the towel rolls and shape bat ears as desired.  Add eyes.  Felt or paper eyes stay on pretty well on their own, but if you have googly eyes use a bit of double stick tape.  While you could make a towel bat any time of year, October is best since they make excellent Halloween decorations.

For instructions on how to fold lots of other towel animals please visit My Cruise Stories Towel Animal Page.

Copyright My Cruise Stories 2015

About LBcruiseshipblogger

MyCruiseStories blog tells stories about adventures in cruising on ships big and small. Things to do onboard and in port. Anything connected to cruising. Also food, travel, recipes, towel animals, and the occasional random blog.
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4 Responses to How To Fold a Towel Bat

  1. Ralph says:

    Well done LB 😀 ❤

  2. chris says:

    I could use some more bats, spiders and lady bugs around here. We have mosquitos all year around and I get leaf miners and aphids on my plants.

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