Making felted soap, like having a loofah with soap already in it


My friend Shanon told me about this idea so I must give her credit for it.  The point of making felted soap is that you end up with a bar of soap that has an exfoliation covering on it as well as being pretty.  These would make great gifts and there are so many creative possibilities for the outer covering made out of wool roving.   This post represents our first attempt at making this project, it was really easy and also really fun oh and soapy…..very very soapy!

What you need:

assemble your supplies

assemble your supplies

Wool roving (ours came in a skein like yarn) basically roving is just carded wool that has not been spun into yarn and comes in many different colors.

a bar of soap, any kind but special soaps like Yardley’s or the like would be ideal

A pan of very hot but not boiling water

First, wrap the roving around your bar of soap until it is completely covered, be creative, there is no wrong way to do it just as long as the bar is covered.  Wrap in one direction, then the other, you can even wrap again until it’s as thick as you want it to be, cut the roving when you are done and place the end on the bar so it will blend in during the felting process.

soap bars covered in wool roving

soap bars covered in wool roving

Next, you take your covered bars and begin to wet them with the hot water, once they are saturated, you just keep rubbing them vigorously so that the strands of wool become a solid piece of felt.  It’s really quite amazing how this happens, just dip them in the hot water periodically and keep rubbing with your hands until you feel like the surface is cohesive.

dunking and rubbing

dunking and rubbing

just keep on rubbing!

just keep on rubbing!

Finally, take your bars and roll them in an old towel to get out as much of the excess water as possible then just let them dry overnight.  Here is what ours looked like when they were done:

finished felted soap

finished felted soap

If you try it let me know how yours come out, send pics if you can!  As always thanks for reading, I will be working on new ideas to share with you.  I have a personalized photo and signature quilt in progress for my mom that I plan to share in the very near future.

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