Felted soaps are easy and fun to make, plus they can be wonderful gifts! The felted wool (or other fiber) acts to exfoliate and gently scrub your skin as you wash. As the soap gets smaller the fiber will continue to felt and also shrink.
I’ve detailed the steps for wrapping the fiber around the soap below. I’ve also included a video at the bottom showing how to felt the fiber onto the soap.
Below are the supplies you will need to make your felted soap: wool (or other fiber suitable for felting), soap, knee-high nylons.
Step 1 – Gently press the edges of the soap so they are rounded (if necessary).
Step 2 – Draft out some fiber so you can wrap it around the thin edges of the soap.
Step 3 – Wrap fiber around thin edges of soap.
Step 4 – Prepare fiber to wrap around the wide sides of the soap by drafting it to be wide but sheer. Felting is easier when you work with several thin layers of fiber instead of a couple thick layers.
Step 5 – Wrap soap with fiber, alternating directions so that the fibers criss-cross.
Continue until you cannot see the soap through the fiber.
Step 6 – Decorate with other color(s) or create a pattern/image if desired.
Step 7 – Put nylon knee-high over your hand. Place fiber-covered soap in your nylon hand and turn the nylon inside-out over the soap.
Step 8 – Fill sinks (or containers) with hot AND cold water. If you are felting scented soap and are using containers, use glass or metal because plastic one may absorb the soap’s fragrance.
Now your soap is wrapped in fiber ready to be felted. Please watch the video below for the felting instruction.
Your soap will take a day or 2 to dry… then enjoy!