Introduction: The Survival Towel (Super Easy)
The Hitchhikers Guide has this to say about Towels: A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost." What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is."
(Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)
—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
As you can tell by my name I'm a hitchhikers guide fan, so i decided to make a more Earth orientated Survival towel. The original Idea was a Swiss army knife towel (however I'm sure thats some sort of copyright infringement so it's just the survival towel). I am also in no way a sower (this was my first attempt), so feel free to do way more than I did (please comment a pic if you do).
Step 1: Things You Need
First you need a towel, If you want the perfect towel for this it can be found Here
Various survival items (your choice) :
Ducktape (strip not roll)
Needle and Thread
Ironable no sew tape (if you can get it)
Step 2: Rough Placement of Items
Start by planning were the items that you are going to take are going to go on the towel. Make sure that the towel can still cover you'r head and fold up nicely into a pillow.
Step 3: Make Pockets
Start by cutting a piece of fabric that is about an inch wider and longer than the object that is going to be kept in the pocket. Next fold the extra inch under neath and pin all the folds to keep them folded. Next sow the top of the pocket , just by itself to hold the fold in place. The pocket is not attached to the towel at this point. Make sure that the pins are not sown into the pocket.
Step 4: Attach Pockets to Towel
Next take the pocket and pin it to the towel, make sure it is orientated in a way so that the stuff won't fall out when the towel is held or folded. Then sow the pocket to the towel.
Step 5: All Done Ready to Hitchhike
So now you have a vary practical item to take camping or backpacking, or it could be a ready made survival pack. And on the of chance you end up Hitchhiking the universe you'll be prepared (and please post a pic). I am in no way a sower so please feel free to post any helpfull comment, or if you make you'r own feel free to post that too.
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