How to Make Felted Soap

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Today was bitterly cold. With the wind chill well within the negative 20’s range, we planned bundle ourselves inside for the day. Not only did by daughters have off school, but so did the local universities and the U.S. Postal Service, ignoring the popular saying, “neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

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Our Baby Doll Sheep tolerates the sub-zero temperatures on Jan 30th, 2019

With Valentine’s Day approaching, my daughters and I looked around for a fun craft to gift our loved ones- maybe something to repurpose, upcycle or design. Seeing our Baby Doll sheep content in their own wooly sweaters, we found this felting project through DIY Projects.

Felted soaps are fun, environmentally resourceful and easy enough for a grade-schooler to make.  It seemed to meet our criteria for both a good activity and one that would bless someone else. They have some of the other following benefits too:

  • Helps your soap last longer
  • Exfoliates your skin like a washcloth or loofa.
  • Is Fast drying, hypoallergenic, anti-fungal and anti-microbial

How to Make Felted Soap

Materials

  • Soap – If you make your own soap, consider using end cuts or imperfect bars to hide within these “soapy wool sweaters”.  Any extra bars around the house or store-bought soap will work well too
  • Wool- We had more than enough raw wool for this project. (We never could figure out how to spin sheep wool into yarn and we already made as many dryer balls as we could give away!) If you don’t have raw wool, give new life to that shrunken wool sweater, your closet’s outdated wool scarf or a thrift store purchase. Craft stores also have plenty of reasonable wool roving to buy.
  • Felting pen- For about $14 you can purchase a Needle Felting Tool . The barbed needle is designed to mesh the wool fibers of your roving and base fabric.
  • Bowl of hot water
  • Towel

Step 1: Stretch your wool

Lay out your base wool color. Pull out two long wide pieces of wool and overlap them in the shape of an x. Lay your soap on top of the wool. Snuggly wrap your wool around your soap like you would a package.

Step 2: Dip in water

Dip the wool covered soap into your bowl of hot water and start rubbing the water into the wool. Continue rubbing the wool together on all sides of the soap for at least 20-30 minutes. The individual fibers will weave themselves together as you finger massage in small circles. Continue until the wool feels like a single piece of fabric.

Step 3:  Rinse and dry off

Once you feel your soap is fully felted and doesn’t want to fall off, rinse the suds off with cold water, wring out excess water and squeeze felted soap between a dry towel.

Step 4: Add your designs

I suppose we should have dried our soap overnight, but we didn’t have the patience! This is the best part and we weren’t going to wait for the next snow day!

We found the above design ideas on Pinterest that proved simple enough to replicate.  But we know our readers are creative enough to come up with their own Pinterest-worthy designs! To get started, simply grab your finished soap and your felting needle and gently press the wool into the felted soap with the pen.

As soon as you have a Valentine, you should be ready to give your personalized gift away. PLEASE let us know if you tried this project by sharing stories and photos on Glean For Good’s FB page.

Stay Warm!

 


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