DIY Felted Soap


How to make your own felted soap to give as a fun holiday gift.

Quick and Easy Soap Felting.

How to make your own felted soap to give as a fun holiday gift... or keep it for yourself! It's such a great luxury item.

Late last year we were at an event that was sharing the same fairgrounds as the alpaca festival. We wandered around the shops for the festival. I saw some bars of felted soap and was tempted to buy one- but they were $13 for a bar of the soap and I just didn't get a chance to make that tough decision before my kids broke down. Needless to say, when my friend got me into making soap, I decided I should try my own hand at felting soap! It ended up being pretty easy, although felting the soap can be time consuming. I worked out what I believe was the fastest option for felting soap, but I still want to think about it further to see if I can figure out a better and quicker solution.

Wool roving. Supplies
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  • Running hot water
  • Nylon stockings
  • Wool roving: I believe this may be cheaper to buy from a local store or off Etsy. But I ordered some online and my friend also gave me a bunch that she didn't want. I noticed the pink kind didn't have the color set properly as the color runs whenever I used the soap made with. I'm not sure if there's a good way to avoid this happening.


First, if you want to make the soap itself then you need to check out my Vanilla Lavender Soap tutorial.  Make your bars of soap large because you'll use some of the soap up during the felting process and you don't want to be left with just a sliver of soap.

Take your soap and use a knife or veggie peeler to round off the edges to your bar of soap (unless they're already rounded in which case carry on).

Next you want to take your wool roving and wrap it around the soap. I wet my soap a bit to help it stick. Make sure you cover the entire bar of soap- you want it thick enough that you can't see the soap, but thin enough that it's not too bulky.

Once you've done this with one bar, wrap the bar in a clean nylon stocking. I cut some dollar store stockings up to use for this. The stocking just holds the roving in place until you finish felting the soap.

Using nylon stockings to felt soap.

Once you've got your soap wrapped, you need to run your soap under HOT water. Essentially, you're trying to shrink the wool. While you've got it running under the hot water you need to be rubbing the wool roving/soap so that it felts around the soap bar. Lots of friction. Rub the fibers in different directions. This can be a long process, up to 5-10 minutes per bar of soap. To speed things up, I decided to rub two bars together. I think this helped in terms of doing two at once, but it still took a while. If you have super hot water, it might be worth wearing gloves while you do this.

The one thing that's nice is that you can have young kids help out with the task if your water isn't insanely hot. My son, 4, helped for a little while, but he's a bit young and got bored pretty quick.

I LOVE how these turned out. They're so pretty. And when I tried using them for the first time, it was totally worth all of the time and effort that they took to make. They're so much fun to use, instead of using a wash cloth or loofah with your soap. Once the soap is all gone, you can still keep the wool to use to scrub dishes or just compost it. Very eco friendly!

Here's a quick video of me felting the soap- recorded by the 4 year old so it's a bit wobbly.

I'm still convinced there's a better way to felt soap, but I haven't discovered it yet... I tried a few different ideas, but no luck on anything faster. I'm creative sometimes out of pure laziness.

Have you ever tried felted soap? Do you love it as much as I do?

How to make your own felted soap.

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DIY Danielle: DIY Felted Soap
DIY Felted Soap
How to make your own felted soap to give as a fun holiday gift.
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