Introduction: Easy FELTED SOAP

In the fall I usually do ceramic workshops with my students at school to get ready for the holidays. This year we did a Thanksgiving series that was all about the things we use while cooking. We made a spoon rest, a ring holder because you need to put your rings somewhere while you wash your hands, after all during flu season we want to make sure our hands are always clean. We made a soap dish, again make sure you kill those germs. Then I got the idea to have them make felted soap to go with the soap dish. 

Step 1:

Step 2: Supplies

A large bucket or pail
hottest water you can touch
stockings
soap
wool roving  (the roving is easy enough to find on line, sometimes e-bay, definitely JoAnnes fabrics) 

Step 3: Getting Started

I choose two or three colors of roving and separate it into very fine sections.

Step 4: Wrapping

begin wrapping the soap with thin strands of the roving

Step 5: Damp Roving

every so often dip your hands in the warm water and rub them on the strands to help make them stay in place

Step 6:

continue building up layers until entire bar of soap is covered.

Step 7:

carefully place the soap in the stocking and tightly tie knots in the ends

Step 8:

Drop the soap in the bucket of hottest water possible
Let it soak for about 20 minutes

Step 9:

remove the soap and while it is still inside the stocking wash your hands again and again. The heat from the water is shrinking the wool roving and making a casing around the soap. 

Step 10: Drying

Let the soap dry in the stocking over night.

Step 11: Remove Stocking

when dry carefully cut the stocking away.

Step 12: Ready for Gifting

I think the FELTED SOAPS look extra pretty tied with a ribbon. 

Comments

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tmhouchard (author)2013-12-01

Beautifully done and explained! Thank you!

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Thank You!

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moonpuppy (author)2013-12-01

I know this sounds like a dumb question, but if the soap is used, does the felting shrink to match the soap inside? I love these and want to make, and, ya know, use them, lol.

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I have never actually used the soap all the way down to a nub! The felt does shrink with the soap for quite some time but I would imagine when the soap gets very small the felting would slip off. Let me know!

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indywave (author)2013-11-21

Can you get it at hobby lobby?

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indywave (author)2013-11-21

I am going to make a bunch of these for christmas. Thanks

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