Children’s Felted Soap

Children’s Felted Soap

Don’t we all wish we could be children sometimes? The freedom to be creative, taking inspiration from anything we see. Maybe that’s what is so appealing with an art such as wet felting. It gives us all the opportunity to create!

Alex and I were talking about nature, and reflecting on a project we did in the summer when we turned golf balls into ladybirds (or ladybugs as you may call them). It was then that I got thinking about how many children love ladybirds! We had been thinking about our next felting project and we thought it would be fun to incorporate ladybirds into the mix! Felted soaps are really easy for children to make, there are so many different ways you can be creative. So – we thought about combining felted soaps with our favourite little creatures….ladybirds!

 

Red and Black Wool Batt and Soap

In order to prepare the soap, I trimmed the hard edges using a potato peeler. I find these really good for this job, as you can cut a thin slither of soap without digging into it too much. We like to collect the soap chippings, which we then add to our bowl of hot water. We use this for the felting, and the scented water adds to the scent of the felted soap.

We chose to use wool batt to make our felted ladybirds as we already had this at home. I would also like to try making them with Merino wool, to see if they come out softer. We used 3oz of red wool first, which we wrapped around the soap to make the ladybird’s body. The black wool was put aside for later, when we came to needle felt the spots!

The soap is all nicely wrapped in it’s warm woolen jacket!

Once we had wrapped the soap in the red wool, we put it inside a cut off pair of tights to keep the wool in place when we started to felt it. You might notice our two soaps are different sizes. That’s because one contains a baby soap, which although it was the same make as the larger soap, it was slightly smaller.

And then the fun starts! We begin wet felting our soaps.

I like this part Mum!

You can see by Alex’s face, he really enjoys this activity! The only thing I had to watch is that he got a little overzealous and I had to watch we didn’t end up with a squished ladybird!!

Felting the soap

We felted away for about 10 or 15 minutes. After a while, we removed the tights and felted direct with our hands. We also tried using some mesh and also some bubble wrap to help things along.

And then there were four!

After the soaps had dried, we needed to add the spots and faces. We used the black wool batt for this. We think they came out pretty well!

Alex is very pleased with his ladybirds!
Two little ladybirds

For time constraints, we only managed to decorate two ladybirds in time for the blog. But we are looking forward to making some more. We also plan to make lots of other soaps, both for adults and children. They make lovely gifts for friends and family!!

 

34 thoughts on “Children’s Felted Soap

    1. Thank you Helen, they were really fun to make! Please post a photo when you do.

  1. Well done Lisa and Alex! The ladybird soaps are wonderful. And yes, the best fun is firming up the felt using a washing-hands motion.

    We’ve only made felted soaps using loose merino fibres but the surface on yours is much smoother so it seems that using a batt makes a good felt on the soap.

    We’re looking forward to seeing your other designs.

    1. Thank you so much, it’s always lovely to have positive feedback. We’re still learning, but we were pleased with the results.

  2. Your felted soaps are fabulous! I like to use a mixed 56 micron wool blend for soaps as it gives it a rougher coat for scrubbing. I use mine to clean my hands after painting.

    Your lady bird design came out perfectly. I’m sure anyone would love to get this as a gift.

    1. Thanks Ruth, we plan to experiment with different wools. Perhaps a Merino wool for the children’s soaps but the rougher wool is great for exfoliating (and far better for the environment than those awful plastic micro-bead scrubs they sell in the shops!).

  3. The felted soaps are wonderful. I really like the ladybird (ladybug) design. I wonder if my little three year old friend could make one?

    1. Thank you for your feedback, we’re glad you liked the ladybirds. A three year old would definitely be able to get stuck in with this project. It’s super easy and great fun!! And when the soap is finished with, you can cut the felt open, fill them with nice scented lavender and use them to add fragrance to your clothes drawers. Or stuff them like a teddy bear for children to keep as a little friend!

  4. Well done. Felting soap is fun, my grandchildren like to do it. They aren’t big enough for needles yet. A ladybug was the first thing I ever needle felted. Do You celebrate Valentine’s over in the UK? Some nice hearts on the red soap would work great for Valentine’s day.

    1. Yes we do Ann, and that’s a really good idea!! You’ve got us thinking now, thanks!!

  5. Oh my, how adorable did the ladybirds come out! If I were the recipient of said felted soaps, I’d be super chuffed (and probably wouldn’t want to use them because they’re too cute) 🙂

    1. Thanks Leonor, yes, we can’t help but agree.. They smell lovely too, so they would be great for scenting clothes as they are. That way, they will always look new too!

  6. Wow, Lisa & Alex. You bring such life and fun to us through your felting. The ladybirds are so cute and made so beautifully. I’ve never felted soap but maybe I will give it a try now you’ve shown me how it’s done. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Lindsay, please do have a go and let us know how you get on. We’d love to see some photos!!

  7. Absolutely Adorable!! Do you take orders? I know a few people who would love a little Ladybird or Ladybug to brighten up their bathroom/ kitchen. They really are SO much fun! You can see by Alex’s face how much he was enjoying making them. Well Done Alex and Mum cocox

    1. Thanks Juddie!! Alex is loving everyone’s lovely comments. Perhaps he could start a little cottage industry!!

    2. Actually, Lisa, I think the cottage industry might be a great idea. I’m sure lots of us would like to buy them and someone a lot more savvy than me might be able to advise on how to promote them. Alex has such joy in creating the soaps that just maybe it would be infectious (in a good way!).

  8. What a bril idea to make ladybird soaps….a double success – as making them is fun (evidenced by Alex’s face) and receiving them equally so.

    Definitely too good to use so the suggestion to keep them in a linen drawer is a good one – with the added bonus of bringing a smile each time.

    I can now see colourful moths and bugs emerging from Alex’s closed hands as if by magic!

    1. Thank you, yes, we think that’s a lovely way to use them and still be able to keep them forever!!

    1. Aw, thank you so much!!! That is a wonderful compliment!! Alex really loves to read everyone’s lovely comments.

  9. Absolutly Supper Cute Ladybugs!! Well done Alex and Lisa! Great instructions i wonder if my neece would enjoy trying this? it is a grate way to keep your hand warm and soapy during lockdown!

    Have you considered hedgehogs? the soap is about the rite shape, just add a bit of a nose and some tufty textrue! hummm now im getting distracted and thinking about soup! You are both vary inspiering!!

    1. Sounds like a good idea Jan, think we’ll definitely have a go. We’ve been wondering whether snipping/cutting the wet felted layer would work, making little points, which could be stretched and worked to form the spikes?

  10. Hi Jan, what a fab idea!!! You’ve got us thinking now! Perhaps this blog should have been called Wildlife Felted Soaps! We definitely like the sound of hedgehogs, need to work out how to felt the prickles! Look forward to experimenting some more!

    1. i have been thinking about the prikles too, a courser wool maybe needle felted in afterwords into a thicker on one side of the soap base of wetfelted wool to start to make the shape of the back. or wool yarn or handspun yarn and a darning needle to add the spikes. or needle felt the yarn on afterwords?

      the corser wool would give as good scrubyness to the sope too! yes i definatly need to find a spair bar of soap and think about this more! You have me inspiered! now i just need a sink and a bit more space……too cold to work outside the water would be solid shortly after i start!!!! i wonder where that BFL and locks i had have wondered off to? MR. MER DID YOU MOVE MY WOOL??

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