How to make Felted Soaps

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Felted soap is simply soap wrapped in wool that has been matted together. It’s a gentle exfoliator, yet as soft as a flannel. The wool has antimicrobial properties and every member of the family can keep to their own design, so it’s hygienic by encouraging individual only use. It’s a great project for children, too, with the added benefit of involving hot soapy water!

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How to make felted soaps at home

Felting soap is a simple project that uses up scraps of merino wool and soap. Cut the soap into shapes. Add essential oils for fragrance. Place the scented felt soaps in your wardrobes and clothes drawers. They make a great gift.

First, tightly wrap some wool around your bar of soap. Be careful to evenly cover all around the soap, and keep it tight as you wrap. The entire bar needs to be covered with at least 2-3 layers. Wrap it tightly. Wrap first in a horizontal direction and then in a vertical direction. Your third layer is where you can decorate and embellish by adding stripes and spots of coloured wool. Have fun and be creative! You can also needle felt some designs into the wool afterwards.

I’m going to show you a very basic wet method. Remember, not all bars will be perfect.

Your kit

Your kit contains soap, wool rovings in different colours and a big piece of carded wool batt.

You will need…

You will need a bowl of warm water, an old towel and a pop sock or net.

L. Jug of warm water, soap, net, wool roving.
R. Close up of wool rovings to be used for design layer.
L. The purple fluff is the batting to be used to wrap the soap in first two layers.

What are rovings and batts?

Wool rovings are merino wool, but alpaca wool also works.

Batts are carded wool rovings (purple fluffy wool,) is great because you can gently pull off larger pieces to wrap around your soap for first 2 layers, thus saving the other yarns for embellishments and design.

Step 1

First, tightly wrap some wool around your bar of soap. Be careful to evenly cover all around the soap, and keep it tight as you wrap. The entire bar needs to be covered with at least 2-3 layers.

Wrap it tightly. Wrap first in a horizontal direction and then in a vertical direction.

Wrap the first two layers of batt tightly and hold firmly.
Add thin layers of the wool rovings to create your design on the third layer.

Step 2

Your third layer is where you can decorate and embellish by adding stripes and spots of coloured wool.

The purple batt has completely covered the soap securely allowing you to decorate with fine strands of yarn effectively.

Step 3

Carefully insert the decorated soap into pop sock or betting to hold design in place during the wet felting process.

Step 4

Dunk the soap into warm water for 5 seconds to wet it thoroughly.

Step 5

Massage the felt covered soap with warm water for 10-15 minutes until the felt has shrunk around the soap. Basically, you are going to wash your hands with the wool felted soap for probably 10 to 15 minutes.

Make sure you massage the corners and sides of the soap. The water should be as warm as you can take it without it being too hot to keep your hands under it.

After about 10-15 minutes of rubbing and dipping you will notice that the wool is tight and able to stick to the soap on its own. At this point, take the soap to the sink, and run it under cold water.

Step 6

Remove the soap from the netting and check to make sure the wool is sticking. You can do this by rubbing your finger across any extra pieces. If they are stuck together, forming one piece, you are finished. If you are able to tear any pieces off, you need to keep felting. Either way, dip your soap back into the hot water and rub for a few more minutes.

Squeeze the soap to make sure the wool is very tight around the soap. You can go back and forth from a cold water rinse to the hot water with agitation (keep the netting on unless you are checking to see if it’s finished).

Step 7

Remove the felted soap from the net or pop sock and blot off any excess suds.

Then, rinse the felted soap with cold water before placing on a towel to dry. It might take a few days to dry. Putting the soap in direct sunlight will speed up this process.

I left mine on an old towel over night to let it dry out completely.

Add drops of essential oils like lavender, bergamot rose, geranium, mint to your wet felted soaps.

Add decorations and designs

To use your felted soap:
Just use it as you would any soap-filled face cloth. Soak the felted soap with water and rub the wool directly on your skin. This is a great way for children to bathe themselves!
Place the soap in a soap saver dish to dry between uses.


Notes:
Just like any other soap, you need to keep your felted soap as dry as possible between uses. This will make it last longer.
The felted wool will shrink as your bar shrinks.
When the soap is gone you can cut a slit in the wool and add a new bar of soap, or just use the felted wool as a washcloth.
Be very gentle with your bar at the beginning of the felting. You want it all to shrink at the same time so that you don’t get lumps
If you do get lumps, it’s ok. 🙂
The less wool you use on your bar of soap, the more it will lather in the bath or shower.
The more wool you use on your bar of soap, the longer your soap will last.

Email: feltingindevon@gmail.com

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Thanks for reading.

Check my blog for regular updates on how to do fun felting projects while you’re stuck at home.

I can post the resources to you.

Judi Binks

feltingindevon@gmail.com

This is a very simple and clear video made by two sisters. https://youtu.be/yiih_OK44zQ

Link to video on Adding Needle Felting Decoration to Your Soaps.

Reviews

Hi there Judi!
I have a had a lovely time making some felted soaps.  More will follow across this week – I need to make more soap!!
I made two little ones for the grandchildren which let me play at the technique with small use of resources.  I had a go at needle felting on one of them.   And then made two bigger ones.
Have attached a photo to let you see!  Great instructions.  Hope more people have a go!  Have done the review via link sent,
Hope this is finding you safe and well.

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