DIY: Anthropologie's Felted Soap

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Walking through Anthropologie in December, I stumbled upon their felted soap. I love the idea of having a soap that not only smells great, but also can be used to exfoliate. Loved the look and idea of it... wasn't sure about paying $14 for a bar of soap... you?

So, the kids and I made some felted soap for their grandparents' gifts. They turned out pretty cute (and the one I made for myself has convinced me that it was a project worth doing!).

Step 1:

Gather your materials... an old pair of pantyhose, some nice soap and wool yarn or roving. The key here is to have real wool - not acrylic. You have to have natural fibers for the yarn to actually felt.

Step 2:

If you are using yarn, you'll need to unravel it a bit to make the wool a little looser. If you found roving, you can just skip this step!

Step 3:

Layer the strands in a woven pattern - make a couple of layers.

Step 4:

Place your soap right in the middle...

...and wrap it around.

Step 5:

Place it inside the toe of an old pair of panty hose - I think these might be left over from my 8th grade prom. Seriously. I never wear pantyhose.

Step 6:

Place the soap in a bowl of the hottest water you can stand. And squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.

Step 7:

Once the wool starts to shrink (after about 2 minutes) you can remove the panty hose and start gently rubbing the soap with your fingers. Keep dipping it in the hot water occasionally to help the wool to shrink. You can "shock" it too but placing it quickly in cold water and back in the hot to help speed up the shrinking process.

The soap is finished when the wool is tight when pinched and doesn't have any give. These are the ones the kids made. I think they turned out great - and didn't cost anywhere near $14 a piece!

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  1. Callie Grayson1:46 AM

    i love felted soap!! thanks for the DIY because it is a luxury to buy soap at $14.00 and I only do it every once in a while.
    I love to take a long soak in the tub and use the felted soap makes your skin soft and smooth!!

    I am excited new item on my DIY list!!
    thanks again, and they did come come out fantastic!!


  2. brilliant. easy to make. love it. XO. amy

  3. Debra2:33 AM

    I tried felting for the first time this past fall. I love the look and feel. I'm adding this to my Christmas journal for gifts. Thank you~

  4. Kimmay3:59 AM

    I always wondered how they made that! I felt sweaters in the dryer and thought "soap in the dryer?? There must be a different way!" Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Karena5:43 AM

    Definitely make at home. 14 is just too much for a bar of soap/ felted or not! Karena

  6. Tanya and Colin6:04 AM

    Those are so cute! I was looking for a DIY gift and I think this is it! Thanks!!!

  7. Down and Out Chic6:36 AM

    wow, unbelievable. you really can turn anything into a diy project! you're my inspiration!

  8. Dionne7:41 AM

    Ooooh, what a great tutorial. I saw these in Anthro and thought they were great, so it's cool to see how to make my own!

  9. erikamommy1:20 AM

    very cool! i love how you can always see find a more affordable way to do things.

  10. the southern hostess12:59 PM

    I'm so impressed! Looks like it turned out great.

  11. Lindsey9:58 AM

    My friend, have you ever come across wool roving? I have only found it at specialty yarn stores and online, but it makes this project so much more fun and you can't see the individual strands of yarn when you're done.

    Great post!