How to Make Felted Soap

by Fiberartsy
3 Materials
1 Hour

Why put wool fiber on bars of soap, you ask? Great question! Because it makes a wonderful scrubby. You can exfoliate and wash your skin at the same time.

Not only is this a fun activity for you but it’s a great craft for kids, too.

What is Hand Felted Soap?

Felt Soap is literally soap that is enclosed in felted wool. Basically, the wool is placed on a bar of soap and as you work it with water, the fibers felt together.

As you use the soap, the bar shrinks and the felt shrinks with it.

Supplies needed:

Wool Roving

Bar Soap

Nylon Hose


How Do You Make Felted Soap?

Soap felting can get a little messy since you will be using water. So, before you begin, think about where you will be doing this. You can work the soap over a sink or a large bowl or cover your table with a plastic tablecloth.

Basically, all you have to do is thin out the wool roving and wrap around your bar of soap.

You can use one color of wool or many. You can make stripes or solids … whatever you like.

Felting The Soap

Now, pop the soap inside one of the nylon knee highs and tie it off.

Now, add some water and work the soap with your hands until the wool has felted firmly around the soap.

You will want to remove the soap from the hose every few minutes to make sure it doesn't felt into the hose.

This soap was felted in stripes using green and white wool.

These felted soaps are a great DIY Gift idea!!

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  • Debbie Debbie on Jan 21, 2021

    Really Nice. but I’m confused..After you put the soap in a nylon do you wrap it in the felt. Do you leave the nylon on the soap? How long do you need it to dry?

  • Benjamin Benjamin on Jan 21, 2021

    Why though? What purpose does this actually hold?

  • Wendi Killeen Myers Wendi Killeen Myers on Jan 23, 2022

    So your whole family would use the same one??? I'll pass.....

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  • E.p32823310 E.p32823310 on Jan 17, 2023

    You can use whatever shape you like

  • Ami Ami on Jan 24, 2023

    Thank you so much !! I bought two bars of soap wrapped in Icelandic wool while in Iceland . I am so impressed with how they feel when exfoliating, how long they have lasted, and how clean they have stayed . No mold as others have asked about .Certain wools are naturally not prone to bacteria, which I don't know a lot about. But it is the reason some wool sweaters do not need to be cleaned as often as other materials .