How to fold a Washcloth Elephant

Simple 5-Step tutorial on how to fold a baby washcloth elephant. Post may contain affiliate links.How to make a baby washcloth elephant in just 5 easy steps. These are so adorable and tiny!

Remember those cute little elephants from the yellow and pink baby shower a few weeks ago? As promised, below is a simple tutorial on how to fold a baby washcloth elephant. Aren’t these tiny calves adorable? Did you know a baby elephant is called a calf? I didn’t and I also learned that a baby hippo is called a calf as well. Speaking of hippos, we have a tutorial on how to fold a washcloth hippo and washcloth train.

Anyways my hope is that if nothing else goes as planned in your day, at least this tutorial will take you through successfully! You know those days when you have your day perfectly set and then NOTHING goes as planned? BAH!!! Some days it is quite humorous really and those of you with children no doubt know exactly what I am talking about. A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook β€œOnce I gave up all my hopes and dreams of today, I felt much better.” And I would say that pretty much sums it up!

Anyways… onto the instructions!

Supplied Needed:

Step 1:

Lay your washcloth flat, then fold both sides equally into the middle.

Great tutorial on how to fold a baby washcloth elephant. This is easy to understand.

Step 2:

Roll both sides into the center. Bend and secure with a rubber band. The rubber bands are needed to keep the shape of the feet because the washcloths are so small. The elephant’s body/feet are complete!

Great tutorial on how to fold a baby washcloth elephant. This is easy to understand.

Step 3:

Grab your second washcloth and fold it in half. Grab with teeth in the middle of the folded edge and roll both corners inward.

Great tutorial on how to fold a baby washcloth elephant. This is easy to understand.

Step 4:

Holding with two fingers, turn the washcloth so the folded rolls face down. With your free hand, grab the two folds (where the arrow is pointing) and fold over. This will make the elephant’s forehead. Rotate the hand holding the head, then with your free hand grab one of the layers of the ear and fold towards the front of the head (the bottom left picture shows one ear already folded forward). Fold the other ear as well. Rotate hand again and say hello to your elephant’s face.

Great tutorial on how to fold a baby washcloth elephant. This is easy to understand.

Step 5:

Secure elephant’s trunk with a rubber band placed on the towel fold as shown below. Bend the nose upward. Place the head on the body and viola! You have a baby washcloth elephant. Isn’t he cute!?

Great tutorial on how to fold a baby washcloth elephant. This is easy to understand.

If you would like a larger elephant, use a bath towel for the body/feet and a hand towel for the head. The same instructions apply. When you have a house guest, this is a fun way to display their bath towels. It makes them feel like they are staying in a high class hotel, which your home is, of course. πŸ™‚

So will you be showing off your mad washcloth elephant making skills?

Are you going to make these little elephants for the baby shower? Tag @aspenjay_blog on Instagram or send me an photo. I WANNA SEE!!!

Do you need customized invitations? Check out these little Elephant Shower Invites in my Etsy shop.

cute baby elephant invites

You may also like this tutorial on how to fold a washcloth train!

How to fold a washcloth train. This would be so cute for a baby shower! LOTS of pictures in this tutorial which makes it very easy to understand.Or what about some ideas to throw a baby shower?!

Baby Shower decor which double as gifts for the mama-to-be. Love the diaper wreath!

You definitely will want these elephant themed free baby bingo cards.

These are so adorable! Free baby bingo cards that are customizable. A great way to get guests involved when the mama-to-be is opening presents. Such a great idea!

Click here to see where I like to party.


  1. Lin says:

    These are great!
    Just wondering, have you ever made them more permanent by sewing instead of using rubber bands?
    I’d love to be able to use these in their animal shapes in the baths for kids instead of just for show.

    • Aspen Jay says:

      Thanks Lin! No, I haven’t ever tried to sew them… hmm.. I wonder how well they would keep. That is a great idea… I will have to try that, or if you try it before I do, let me know how it works!

    • Aspen Jay says:

      Hi Kristina! Thanks for hosting Talented Tuesday, I’m so honored the little elephant was featured. (o: Well when your next friend gets pregnant, you will now know a little something to make them! (o:

  2. Jenny says:

    My brother used to be obsessed with elephants when he was a child so I think I’m going to have to make ones of these as a stocking filler for him for Christmas (oh dear, did I say the C-word?).

    • Aspen Jay says:

      Hi Jenny! Thanks for stopping by! I can hardly believe that Christmas is right around the corner… I have hardly recovered from last year! (o; I hope your brother likes it!

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