Felted Soap

ever  since I saw bars of soap in little wool “jackets” a couple of years ago … I have wanted to give soap felting a try

the ingredients are simple … wool roving … hot water

and soap … new travel soaps are perfect


fun to see the transformation from a loosely wrapped bar


dribbled again and again with hot water … not too much at one time


it takes a bit of patience to keep working the wool … since I do not have a wash board … I used this ribbed bottle to help rough up the fibers helping them cling and conform to the shape of the bars of soap … it is impossible to make just one by the way


sitting out on the back porch worked nicely as it does get a little splashy with lots of foamy bubbles by the end… it takes a good 20 minutes or so of working the bar of soap … last is a cool water rinse and patting and pressing a bit in a towel

the wool dries fairly quickly … you end up with neat and tight wool wrapped bars … perfect as individual soap for a special someone to use in the bath or shower

here is  a nice tutorial that got me started … along with some questions and answers and links for supplies and such

footnote: these soaps would be meant as personal bars of soap not community soaps to be shared … great for exfoliating and for gardener’s hands

 

24 responses to “Felted Soap

  1. Oh these little soaps are just too cute for words and shea butter will nourish delicate skin. This would make a intimate gift for when you have visitors in your home. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  2. Patty, I loved watching you make these special soaps, almost too special to use. Pretty as a picture all on their own. So great of you to give us the steps to this process in both words and pics.

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  3. i love it! i know i say this about so many things out there, but i actually mean it: i WILL make this! thanks so much for sharing. i think it’s perfect for little hands who have trouble holding onto soap in the tub.

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  4. Those soaps are just gorgeous Patty! I’m almost afraid to open the tutorial for fear that I may get hooked as WELL! *smiles*

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  5. ooh Patty your pictures and soaps are just beautiful, fun isnt it??

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  6. Patty… you have the same enamel bowl as I do! Ha, two minds – remember?! I LOVE your felting… I might try that too someday sitting in my little backyard. It looks so tempting!

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  7. Those soaps so so cute!!!!

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  8. dot ferrero

    Patty…now I see how my felted soap came to be. Beleive it or not I have a
    small wash board. Thanks for your gift.
    Dot

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  9. i saw this for the first time at a wool festival last year. it was a craft project offered for the kids and my son got to make one. you can read about it here:

    http://trapperhoney.blogspot.com/2009/05/sheep-and-wool-activities.html

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  10. Marilyn Rock

    Patty; such charming felted soap bars! I love them! The process looks like fun! xxoo

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  11. I have NEVER EVER seen this before Patty! You can use it as normal soap ?
    I DO have an old washboard !!! ….I feel homemde Christmas presents being started !

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  12. Patty, you’ve done a great job of documenting the felting process – soap bubbles and all! Aren’t they beautiful when they’re all piled up?!?! They look so pretty in a jar in the bathroom too. Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  13. Your soaps look absolutely adorable! And what nice gifts they will make 🙂

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  14. Girl, you wear me out. When I think of something to get you…. I need to mail it immediately. I have felted soap here to send you that I BOUGHT. Then the other day you told me you felted some…I just kept my mouth shut. I cannot keep up with you. You know I’m tired, don’t you?

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  15. Oh so cute soaps.
    Lovely idea and gorgeous work.

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  16. Thank You so much for showing us how ~ very delightful!!! XO ~ Katie

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  17. tooooo cute…..just lovely!!

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  18. I’ve wanted to make these for a long while — I received one for Christmas and thought it was the best! Thanks for the instructions — I really didn’t know quite where to begin. One question — with wee travel soaps, they don’t melt too much with the felting, do they?

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  19. these felted soaps are so lovely. I’ve only recently learned how to wet felt and this is such a cute little project. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I never thought about using travel sized soaps. I have many of those and many are large bars. I didn’t use a washboard, but just scrubbed against the side of the sink. Good to know I could have found an easier way to felt them. Love the designs, too.

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  21. I am so happy you all are enjoying felting. I think it would not be my cuppa tea. You go for it girlfriend….. yo ur little felted soaps are so adorable. hugs, m

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  22. Absolutely awesome!!

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  24. I’ve done my share of felting an soap always plays a part, but I ‘ve never felted onto the bar of soap itself, seems like a good idea really!

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