Making bamboo towel elephants with The Towel Shop

A year or so before N was born I decided I wanted to get a decent shower put in the bathroom, and change it all to white.  Duly done, although it’s still a little unfinished (no blind, no splashback on the sink), and we’ve had no end of problems with the toilet so it’s rarely used.  But the shower is bliss because we have a pump.  But our towels are still a hotch potch of colours and makes.

Folding bamboo towel elephants and a review - Bubbablue and me

I wanted white décor so any colour towel would go (although we do have blue panels around the bath).  Although I’ve bought new towels in the past (and been given some), they’ve either not lasted, or we’re used them til they’re thin. So being asked to review bamboo towels from The Towel Shop was a chance to try them out and decide if I wanted to buy a proper set of towels.

I chose the charcoal grey – I think dark colours are much cosier in winter and when they arrived I was surprised at how soft they were although the kingfisher colourway was also calling me.

Not only are they supersoft, but the biggest selling point of bamboo towels is their absorpency, 3x more absorbent than cotton.  And you can tell, they dry you off well without feeling really wet themselves. With bamboo being fast growing and taking less space than cotton, it means using the plant for textiles means it’s eco-friendly and sustainable.

The towels are also machine washable at 40 degrees which is essential these days for busy families, and their natural properties mean they’re antif-ungal and odour free.

I’ve been really impressed with these towels, and am definitely thinking of expanding my collection.

For a bit of fun I decided to make some towel animals. N wasn’t impressed, but it’s a bit of fun.  Can you guess what it is?

folding towel elephants

Hopefully, an elephant – here’s the full instructions for making a towel elephant and you can see my video on my facebook page.

I’ve also been given a bamboo towel bale to giveaway to one lucky reader.  Just describe your dream bathroom in the comments (no need to complete url box if you don’t have a website), then complete the rafflecopter widget to enter.

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Disclosure:  I was sent towels for the purpose of review. All words and opinions are my own.

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302 thoughts on “Making bamboo towel elephants with The Towel Shop

  1. My dream bathroom would have a massive bath, a walk-in shower with several power jets, 2 sinks that are bowl-shaped and the whole thing is set in stone.

  2. My dream bathroom is big with a Jacuzzi bath, large walk in shower – and both are self cleaning!!

  3. My dream bathroom has an old-fashioned claw foot tub in which I can take a long soak. Our old house had just such a bath and I used to enjoy it after a day of heavy gardening. Our current house hasn’t got a bath we can use as the bath leaks and all the pipework needs replacing, so I have not been able to have a bath since last August!

  4. Warm woods, lot’s of storage, massive walk in shower, dimmable lighting, jacuzzi bath and lot’s of cosy touches like candles, soft towels and baskets x

  5. Not too fussed on looks so long as its easy to clean but an essential is to have an hour or two of uninterrupted ‘me’ time to enjoy it ! 🙂

  6. I would like my bathroom to be mint green or yellow or something mixed with these colours , it is small so i need these colours to make it bigger for the eyes, with a shower cabin and the washing machine inside, with laundry basket yellow and with yellowish furniture. Lots of showers gel to choose from and towels, either green or white or any colour but manyyy the same colour.
    A small carpet, simple pattern or maybe a cartoon character (twitty). That is about all the ideas that i have on my dream bathroom .

  7. My dream bathroom would be cream coloured floor tiles – A lovely white free standing bath and a walk in power shower with a white and gold shower curtain with matching blinds.

  8. A large bathroom,large grey/white tiles (less grout to clean with big tiles) luxury classic white suite that will never date, including a walk in shower.

  9. A huge and luxurious bath with loads of expensive products to use in it. I suppose a loo and basin are required but I only care about the bath.

  10. Large bathtub, that has the jet sprayers/bubbles. Luxurious towels, scented candles. His and hers wash basins.

  11. My dream bathroom would be huge with a large slipper bath set on a kind of island in the middle of the floor. A huge walk in shower and most important of all…..a very good lock so I can enjoy peace and quiet while I’m in there .

  12. Warm floors and toilet, fans that removed all fogging and condensation on mirrors, tub with shower (and good pressure), hot/cold combi taps to set and keep a good temperature, well lit, mirrored cabinet, storage for all my bits and bobs, heated towel dryers, double sink, and space to move in. Also, something to occupy my 4 year old so that I can have a moment’s privacy!

  13. My dream bathroom would be a wet room, with a huge bath with a Waterfall tap and an inbuilt music system, I love listening to music in the bath!
    Basically a million miles away from the bathroom I have now!

  14. Modern, but retro, with lots of storage and also soundproof! So when I lock the door and tell hubby to watch the kids I can’t hear their hundreds of questions and moaning through the door hahah.

  15. Wet room area, shower toilet & automatic person drier so that I don’t need to spend ages using the towels.

  16. One of those huge round baths sunk in to the floor that you usually see in films. A huge vanity unit for all of my lotions and potions and lots of marble as in floor tiles and wall tiles etc. Not asking for much am I

  17. I’m fancying a sauna cabin your elephant towels would love it. Be honest that’s why you chose grey isn’t it.

  18. my dream bathroom would be fully tiled, have a huge bath, a walk in shower and his and hers sinks all done in natural colours

  19. My dream bathroom would be pastel coloured – probably a soft pink or lilac. I’d love a slipper bath and a separate shower cubicle.

  20. a lovely spacious bath walk in shower that actually keep the warm heat not burn your skin or freeze your barnaces off and a good sink with spacious

  21. My dream bathroom would have a bath big enough for two, a separate shower cubicle and lots of stylish storage

  22. My ideal bathroom would be like a spa.. limestone tile walls and floor, all matching. A shower/steam room, copper roll top bath which sits infront of a huge bay window that looks out across he countryside, a his and hers sink… oh and someone to clean it! The countryside manor that it sits in would be nice too!

  23. One with A very DEEP relaxing oceanic colour scheme, shells, lots of light, blues and greens and peace to enjoy a bath on my OWN!

  24. My dream bathroom would be clean lines, tiled top to bottom, loads of storage, walk in shower and a big beautiful deep bath

  25. His and her sinks, a gorgeous rolltop bath, cool marble flooring, a walk in shower with all the different rain functions. A tv and sound system, sneaky hidden storage and a mirror with flattering lighting, gorgeous oversized plants and NEOM candles 😉

  26. Big, airy, plenty of storage. A double size walk in shower with ambient lighting. I also want one of those Japanese toilets that talk to you.

  27. One where my partner actually helps keep clean. No boxers on the floor, towels on the towel rail, loo roll on the holder… shower door shut … just the basics really 🙂

  28. mine is one where the kids remember how to hang up the towels on the towel rail, the toilet roll is replaced and laundry is put in the basket

  29. A very spacious room is important. Large, sunken spa bath, waterfall taps (for bath and wash basin) that change colour with the temperature of the water and a separate walk in shower. The colour scheme would probably be black and white and the towels would be large and fluffy.

  30. Power shower, big deep bath, loads of storage and
    , behind doors, a specialist plumbed in dog bath so that I can wash them without pressure on my back

  31. My dream bathroom would have a walk in shower and 2 sinks so my partner and I don’t have to share 🙂

  32. Just a nice normal bathroom would do me, I’ve been waiting for mine to be finished for the past 2years

  33. My dream bathroom would have a lovely deep bath, a monsoon style shower, toilet with a soft close seat and a handbasin with waterfall tap.

  34. Quality fittings in a large room. A freestanding bath in the middle of the room where I could relax with bubbles and a glass of wine.

  35. my dream bathroom would have a walk in (large) shower, with colour coded lights to show the temperature of the water, a lovely spa bath what has wide sills all the way around it. A storage wardrobe that is hidden behind sliding mirrored doors, a large hand basin with lighted mirror and stone decor surround that you can display lovely scented washes and hand creams etc. It would have a huge window that looked out over the hills, and sky light window for natural light.

  36. My dream bathroom would be large enough to be spacious but still cosy. A Jacuzzi bath in front of a picture widow with amazing views. A couple of potted palms to give a tropical feel. Underfloor heating and a load of fluffy towels! His and hers sinks and a rainfall shower behind a glass brick wall. Bliss!!!

  37. A large shower that is easy to use, a large bath, 2 sinks with large mirrors above and good lighting, fully tiled and easy to clean with plenty of storage

  38. My dream bathroom would have a roll top bath, a walk in shower big enough for two with state of the art shower head and controls. It would be in neutral shades and would be easy to keep clean i.e. not loads of awkward to reach toilet pipes (which is what I currently have!)

  39. Oooooh. I’d probably go for a walk in shower, a huge jacuzzi bathtub, double basins. I’d go for light coloured tiles, and a ceiling window!

  40. My dream bathroom would have a posh bath with music, whirlpool jets..etc and a closomat toilet. The floor would be marble effect, the tiles would be interspersed with tiles with frogs on and it would have a pale blue/lilac/white colour scheme 🙂

  41. My dream bathroom would have a bath, a shower, plenty of floor space and storage. I really love charcoal and white (some jets for a mini jacuzzi/power shower and a glass of prosecco won’t go amiss either!)

  42. My dream bathroom would have a huge jacuzzi bath with a glorious view of a beach, rolling countryside or beautiful woodland (depending on my mood). It would clean itself and would also refuse entry to my children who “just need the toilet ” every time I decide to have a bath!

  43. My dream bathroom would have a large bath with a champagne bucket next to it and a large window looking out to fields

  44. Sunken bath that i walk down into -superloos a power shower and a lock on the door so nobody can disturb me
    I can dream !!!!!

  45. A lovely long, deep bath, a couple of nice scented candles and a big rustic wood sideboard for towels and toiletries and books etc

  46. I’d have a clawfoot bath and seperate shower. Most importantly I’d not share it with anyone and have a cleaner.

  47. My dream bathroom would have a lovely big bath, a towel heater, a walk in shower and lots of fluffy towels.

  48. A wet room with a multi directional power shower and jack and Jill sinks – with a rimless toilet

  49. I would have a huge white jacuzzi bath with a luxury bath pillow to rest my head on and a cabinet stocked full of luxurious oils and bubble baths!

  50. Large and warm with soft rubber flooring. Colours grey white and a small amount of greenery. I would also like a bidet!

  51. I love my bathroom. Big bath, walk in shower…..just don’t like cleaning it so my dream bathroom would include a cleaner for it.

  52. Very large, white clean lines, vintage taste with uber modern fittings and a velvet sofa with an option to play music and soft lighting x many thansk

  53. My dream bathroom would have an eternity pool sized bath. One of the fancy-pants loos that washes and blow-dries your bits. Sympathetic lighting and an endless supply of hot water.

  54. My dream bathroom would be in a lovely big house that I own. It would have a huge freestanding bath and his & hers waterfall showers.

  55. Love my bathroom – stone tiles /white suite but needs repainting and smartening up . I would like a bit more space and a roll top bath

  56. Dream bathroom… okay this is going to take some time, because I’ve got a long wish list…

    It must have:

    * Lots of space,
    * A large bath, with taps in the middle rather than at one end.
    * A heated towel rail that actually heats the towels.
    * A shower. Separate from the bath. And walk-in so I don’t have to faff with a shower door.
    * Shower must have good water pressure and a massage function shower head.
    * Shower temperature and pressure must not fluctuate wildly when someone else turns on a tap elsewhere.
    * And finally…. my dream bathroom would come with its own cleaning fairy so I never need to do the hard work! 😉

  57. Large shower with built in seat ledge. Large bath with massage jets. generally modern with lots of storage

  58. Many years ago I saw some tiles in a magazine that looked like a Japanese pool with Koi carp swimming in it. They were the most wonderful things ever and I still dream of having them so that I could lie in a freestanding tub while they ‘swim’ serenely around me.

  59. Walk in shower, wall lights reflecting pastel blue walls and floral wall stickers and plenty of space xx

  60. A huge Jacuzzi bath, chrome fittings, large shower with waterfall feature, beautiful tiles on the walls and floors, sumptuous soft fluffy towels and mats and a maid to keep it clean! 🙂

  61. A modern, self cleaning, powerful shower room, white and slate grey, with lots of space and a never ending supply of huge fluffy soft towels, that hang themselves up after each use.

  62. a mirror with lighting around and a large deep bath with a bath pillow. wall to wall tiles and a warm springy floor. lighting isimportant with downlighters around the bath

  63. Black and white lino retro floor tiles, chrome silver fittings, an open shower wet room floor with power-shower head

  64. I’ve not had a bath in ages now, can’t get out of it again. And aids to help aren’t going to be that great looking, so a lovely wet room with shower please.

  65. My dream bathroom would have lots of storage and a heated towel rail to keep the nice fluffy towels warm and i would choose a simple white suite with copper taps and a shower over the bath.

  66. Lovely stone tiles, a double shower – with power shower, and plenty of storage space for all my products!

  67. not bothered about a bath, but I would love a huge shower, with several jets, music, lights, and maybe a stool. ( and some peace and quiet time to enjoy it )

  68. My dream bathroom would be completely tiled with modern fittings, a wet room style with a huge rainfall shower x

  69. My dream bathroom has a shower not a bath and is tiled throughout and one of those smart ‘hovering’ toilets that I always think will crash to the floor.

  70. If we’re talking about a ‘money no object’ dream bathroom I’d have a huge sunken bath that I can simply step into (like Queen Cleopatra) ..a wet room shower, a dresser with mist-proof heated mirrors – his/hers sinks and a glass ceiling so I could see the stars as I lay back in the bath drinking my champagne…not asking much is it? 😉 x

  71. well our bathroom is in progress at the moment so I’d settle for something fully tiled with a working shower

  72. mine would have a large bath with gold taps , a lovely sink with cupboard space underneath with a lovely tiled floor and walls plenty of storag e

  73. My dream bathroom would have everything hidden away in cupboards, clear of any clutter and with underfloor heating and the biggest power shower possible.

  74. my dream bathroom would be beautiful and gothic! I’d have a free standing massive Victorian ornate bathtub in the middle of the room. black and white floor tiles, an open fire place on one wall and perhaps a brandy decanter

  75. It would have under floor heating. Walk in shower with different settings to memory and automatically dispenses shower gel. then has a drying system so no towels needed.
    Bath will be a big roll top to fit at least 4 people and has a sofa as bathroom talk is good!

  76. Mine would have a bath big enough for two, lighting with dimmer switches, plenty of LED candles and a connected music and TV system in there for the ultimate relaxation!

  77. I’d just love a huge bathroom with lots of storage, a double shower/steam cabinet, massive freestanding bath, gorgeous products to use and a chaise longue. Reality is very, very different!

  78. It would be big with a spa bath, a nice big walk in shower with a white and blue tile theme.It would have lots of candles in

  79. Our bathroom is tiny so would love a big bathroom with two sinks and a lovely walk in shower with lots of storage

  80. Really big with a huge Jacuzzi bath, mood lighting and built in TV screen/music player, perfect for relaxing and having a soak

  81. I’d love white sparkle panelling on the walls, a roll topped bath, shower cubicle , a large corner washbasin, vintage taps and accessories.

  82. I’d have a lovely collection of soft, thick, fluffy towels, a deep roll top bath with feet, a walk in shower, a double his and hers basin unit and maybe even a chaise lounge in there if I’m really thinking about the dream bathroom!

  83. Luxury soft grey towels, & lashings of hot water. Fully tiled, with a spa bath, power shower. & twin sinks, oh, and a posh toilet.

  84. a huge wet room, all tiled, a power shower, and a gorgeous deep bath with plenty of room for two! xx

  85. I’d love a big bath facing a wall made of glass with a view over a private beach. It would have a fireplace on one side and a big shower. And a sofa.

  86. Walk in shower, lovely fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers to step into. And someone else to keep it sparkling!!

  87. My dream bathroom would be light with marble tiles, a mirrored wall, chrome fittings and have a separate bath and shower

  88. The walls in black glitter tiles with a huge double bath and mirror units with a huge sink a warming towel rail with light up mirror and toilet with a b-day

  89. My dream bathroom would be very minimalist with lots of clean lines, it would be monochrome in have underfloor heating. I’d have a power shower and a huge Jacuzzi bath. Not asking for much then….!

  90. A large walk in digital shower that automatically sets the temperature for you, a huge bath with integrated wine glass holder! and built in sound system to play relaxing tunes

  91. I would love a bathroom of comfort and luxury – one to wash away the stresses of the day. Soft lighting, large bath to soak in, and plenty of storage for my bath goodies.

  92. It would be lilac, have a very large bath, walk in shower, lots of storage, and under floor heating.

  93. My dream bathroom would have a large free standing bath, a walk- in shower enclosure and lots of storage

  94. Light, clean, massive. Huge freestanding copper bath and a giant walk-in shower. Hmm hot-tub as well?

  95. We have recently had our bathroom refitted with new suite, new floor and new tiles so I’m going to say my dream bathroom is the 1 we have now.

  96. I love a nautical theme bathroom and to top it off and old fashioned roll top bath on clawed foot.

  97. An Infinity Bath with a waterfall tap.
    Marble walls
    Walk in shower
    Twin sinks
    Underfloor heating
    and warm soft towels

  98. It would have a bath so big it’s practically a hot tub and a shower with those rainfall things. And maybe a walk in closet for my millions of clothes! 😀

  99. A huge Jacuzzi bath with a glass roof so i could star watch whilst drinking wine in the bath

  100. Old-fashioned roll top bath, separate shower (with a door so it doesn’t soak everything), tiled walls and floor, lots of hooks for hanging up clothes to put on afterwards, proper ceramic loo with wooden seat, old-fashioned pedestal sink, huge laundry basket, massive cupboard for all my toiletries, frosted window, good strong bolt on the door, water softener on bath and shower because my hair looked much better when I lived in Manchester and was washing it in soft Northern water – and everything cleaned by somebody else!

  101. I would really like an all white bathroom, with baby pink or baby blue blinds. A large bathtub and a separate shower cubicle. There would be a towel heater along the wall, so the towels could be hung up and kept warm while I’m in the shower.

  102. My dream bathroom would be a marble room with a clear glass bath and luxury shower, with heated towel rails and a place for everything and of course super soft fluffy towels x

  103. Walk-in shower with a rain cloud shower head, a big bath, his and hers sinks, plenty of storage and Art Deco tiling.

  104. A walk in shwer plus a p shaped bath with white tiles on the floor and walls and chrome accessories

  105. It would have a heated stone floor, private view of water (ocean, river, lake, stream), a large freestanding bath and a walk-in shower. Lots of storage and shelving for my Bamboo towels and toiletries. Dimmable lighting, pastel colours, fully tiled.

  106. My bathroom is very small so my dream bathroom would be very spacious with a bath and shower .

  107. apart from the usual loo and basic it would be luxuriously tiled,a wetroom with a really good powershower

  108. My dream bathroom would be a modern take on a victorian bathroom, i love the metro tile look with bright white bathroom suite.

  109. A big modern bathroom, with wall to floor stone tiles, a walk in shower (the one without a door) big easy to clean bath, double sink (for his and her) radiator to warm the towels on, and heat emitting lights for those winter months…..Im not asking for much 🙂

  110. A double shower, jacuzzi bath, heated floors, a double shower with one of those showers that has loads of jets on and Ryan Gosling to wash my back!

  111. large modern bathroom with black and white tiles and one of them fancy colour changing
    theraputic showers that massages as you wash x

  112. My dream bathroom would have a stand alone bathtub, maybe made of copper, his and hers sinks, enormous walk in shower, and mosaic wall tiles

  113. I would have a wet room, with marble type tiles from ceiling to floor with one piece of glass from ceiling to floor so you ca just walk into the shower.

  114. a huge jet bath & separate huge top of the range power shower! with light pastel colours & luxurious towels

  115. My dream bathroom would be …. warm towels, warm room and hot water in the bath with some scented salts in it. Tiled walls and soft lighting with a lovely roller blind!

  116. Just for me, no access for kids/husband – a huge standalone bath with bubble/massage vents, different light settings including ‘candle mode’, fresh thick fluffy towels, a big shower wet room with different water settings & colours like rainforest etc Not asking much!

  117. Some nice tiles on the wall and floor. Big jacuzzi bath, power shower, chrome taps, heated towel rails, his and her sinks and cupboards

  118. my dream bathroom would contain a huge bath just so i could spread around in it, lots of shelves for my candles and, of course, my lovely bamboo towels

  119. Warm. too many bathrooms are cold. You get out of a nice warm shower into a cold room – completely spoils the moment

  120. My dream bathroom would have a nautical blue and white colour scheme, with a posh shiny tiled floor to boot…oh and a huge bath like the one in THAT Cadbury’s Flake advert 😉 It’d have gold taps and an in-built jacuzzi with a few different settings. There’d be a shower too, one where the water ran at the perfect temperature so no freezing cold/burning hot water when you switch it on! I don’t ask for much 😉

  121. My dream bathroom would have a walk in shower and a huge bath tiled from bottom to top and a 3D dolphin tiled floor

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