Felting Soaps

Annie and I took some time this morning to get some felting done… Without any interruptions, we got 12! 


I’ve seen this before, wool felted around bars of soaps and always thought that it should be easy but never tried it.  Well, I’ve had it in my head to try for quite a while and after being inspired by Shannon, and after she helped me out with the supplies too (wonderful soaps!) Annie and I set out to do a few this morning.  One thing I love about this project is that she can help me.


I tend to be more on the controlling perfectionist side and always want to do things myself, that way I know it’s done to standards.  If the instructions say how to do it, I follow to the letter.  So letting go and letting Annie can be hard to do but very satisfying in the end.


Annie, of course, shares a similar personality with things like this and at three, already wants to do a perfect job.  She is usually more than satisfied with her work too.


One of her favorite things to do was to reach in the nylon knee highs and pull out the freshly felted soap.


Because then, she could see her handiwork and is always well pleased.


And of course, has no trouble posing for a picture either. 

I guess these types of soaps were featured in Anthropologie for $14 a piece and Annie and I made a dozen in about an hour.  Not bad!  I’d say that getting your hands dirty over-clean really can pay off!


The beautiful bars of soaps were a very nice addition to our project, thanks to Shannon.  Her mom reps a few lines of soap and Shannon shared her source with me for which I’m very thankful, and so will the recipients be!  These soaps are lovely and very high quality, better than the Kirkland variety I was planning on using. 


So our day was successful and enjoyable and we plan to do it again, this time in “boy” colors.


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I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on November 8, 2010, in Annie, Crafting, Felting. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. They look awesome – good job! Love the model 😉 It is a very fun kid activity.

    • Thanks Shannon! Yes, we had so much fun. Annie asked me tonight as I was saying goodnight, if we were going to do the “boy soaps” after it gets light outside. 🙂

  2. those are great! did you use that fleece/fiber you had shown before? what fun!

    • Hi Kate, Yes I used the fiber I’d shown before plus some more I had bought because I liked the colors. 🙂 I am going to try and use some of my own fiber from my Jacobs on a few in this next batch… It is a light teal and black.

  3. Such a great project! She looks like a great little helper! 🙂

  4. OK. . . . what is felting soap. . .and why do you do it?????

    • Well, you wrap wool roving around the soaps and felt it… Just like if Lisa has ever washed your favorite wool sweater in hot water and it came out to fit your grandson, that is felting. Not that I think you’ve ever had a wool sweater… But that’s beside the point. 😉 WHY you do it is because it is like having a built in washcloth that is naturally anti-fungal AND is easier to hold on to in the shower, plus makes soap last longer so is being less wasted which equals good for kids and fun plus exfoliating for the rest of us. Hope that helps. 😀

  5. Those look great! Love your colors and can’t wait to see the “boy” versions.

  6. I had never heard of this either. Thanks for the description. Makes sense to me. I do own wool sweaters, BTW, and I love them.

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