Supplies Needed to Fold a Towel Shark
1 white hand towel
1 colored bath towel
1 colored hand towel or washcloth (optional)
decorations (eyes, teeth, other embellishments)
Baby Shark Towel Folding Instructions
In the crazily popular original baby shark video on youtube, baby shark is yellow so baby shark’s main body uses a yellow towel. If you just want a shark rather than a character from the video, use whatever color towels you like. Gray is perfect for any random ordinary shark or white for a great white.
For the underside of baby shark, fold the white hand towel in half across the short side. Roll the folded end over once, then roll in from the corners so that both sides roll as well as the folded end. Keep rolling until the towel is the right width for your shark’s underbody, then set that towel aside.
For baby shark’s main body fold a yellow bath towel in half across the short side. Fold over the unfolded end of the top side about halfway up the towel.
Turn the towel over so the part you just folded is on the bottom and the unfolded end is on the top, Roll over the folded end and roll in from both sides just like with the underbody, except leave out the part that was folded over halfway up on the bottom for as long as you can. Eventually it will end up rolling with the towel as you finish rolling, but try to get as little as possible of that bit into the roll.
Turn the colored towel over and set it over the white one, which has the rolled edges facing upward. Let the colored towel hang over the end of the white part at the tip because sharks have an underbite whether they are cartoon sharks or real ones.
Adjust both towels as needed, rolling either one more or unrolling a bit if necessary to make them fit for top and bottom of the shark as desired. Then pull out any bits of the half of the layer that was folded over before rolling on the colored towel that got rolled in at the end. Gather enough of that part of the towel at the center and top over the rolled bit to make the shark’s top fin and form the fin as desired. You can simply pull both sides together in a triangular form, or fold in the center of that fold as you shape it, or fold that part of the towel over once more before forming the fin. Once you have the center fin made shape the excess that hangs over on each side into the shark’s side fins. There’s no right or wrong way to make any of these fins. Notice in the photos that the top and side fins do not look the same on all of the sharks.
Separate the back ends of the main body towel into two sides. Roll each side separately into a tail fin.
Odds are the two sides of the tailfin won’t come out in even lengths. Set the longer of the two on the top of the shorter one because shark tails go up and down, not side to side and the top part of their tailfin is often bigger than the bottom bit.
Alternatively you can make baby shark’s tail from a washcloth. For a washcloth tail, fold the washcloth in half diagonally, then fold the tip to the folded edge, and fold over once more. To turn it into a tail, fold the whole thing in half along the short side. Use the loose bits of towel at the back of the shark body to wrap around the middle of the tail from each side of the shark, which will both bring it all together and help hold the top part of the tail up. Tighten up the rolls as needed and re-shape the body as desired. Do final adjustments on the fins and tail.
Decorate as desired. Use googly eyes if you have them or make eyes from paper or felt if you don’t. Teeth made of white felt or paper can be added if desired. Double stick tape is great for adding embellishments to towel animals.
Adult Towel Shark Folding Instructions
Start the adult sharks the same way as baby shark with the white underside made from a hand towel and main body from a bath towel. For mommy shark use pink, daddy shark blue, grandma shark peach, and grandpa shark green.
For any of the sharks including baby if you find it easier to just make the initial fold in the bath towel and then roll the whole thing without folding part of it over to leave out of the roll you can. You just need to pull all of the part for making fins out of the roll afterword rather than part of it, but it turns out the same in the end.
To make the adult sharks bigger than baby shark, use a hand towel to make the tail. First fold the towel over about 3/4 of the way along the short side so it becomes a square. Then fold the towel diagonally. You can fold this towel tail the rest of the way the same as the washcloth option was done for baby shark if you want.
For a sturdier tail that will stand up better put a finger at the center of the long fold of the triangle and then roll one side from that center point.
Then roll the other side from the same point. Wrap the remaining tip from the triangle over the center of the tail at the point where you started the rolls. Place the tail with the longer side up at the back of the shark and tuck the tail into the back of the body or wrap the end of each side of the main body towel around the center of the tail to help hold the top tail fin up better.
You can make a longer body by just tucking the tail into the open end of the body towel and tucking any excess underneath like the gray shark or make the tail fin more prominent by wrapping the excess over the center of the tail as shown on daddy shark.
Decorate shark as desired. For mommy shark I made black felt eyelashes around googly eyes and felt lips.
Daddy shark has white felt teeth. Grandpa shark has white cotton eyebrows and mustache. I did not have the right color towel for Grandma shark so I didn’t make her, but if making grandma, she needs a pair of glasses.
Neither grandma nor grandpa ever show any teeth in the original video, but the other three do at least sometimes with daddy showing teeth most and mommy just at the very end.