Monday, February 13, 2012

Show and Share: Heart Soaps in a Coat (Felted Soap)

I would like to introduce you to my big girl Kaea.  She is a talker.  Started talking quite early, has a fast growing vocabulary and talks about everything!  Inspired by Meagan at This Whole Family we chose to celebrate Valentines Day by creating felted soaps together.  Such a wonderful hands on and useful craft to complete with our children.

Together we've made her first "Show and Share" tutorial, thinking it would be a great way for her to do what she loves best - talk and share, and may be experience an audience wider than her family.  You will hear her refer to "Tazza and Daddy" as these are who I framed as her audience.  The concept of a blogging community as an audience was a little hard to explain!

Following this "Show and Share" are some supporting notes and comments from her Mumma.

Perhaps, your little people could enjoy this "Show and Share" with you.

Heart Soaps in a Coat (Felted Soap)

The movie could do with polishing, however the focus is showing and sharing in her two year old way.  We would love to hear what your little people think.

Mumma's Supporting Notes

The timing of Meagan's tutorial on Felted Soap could not have been better for me.  We are almost a year into toilet training and my pet peeve at the moment is liquid soap.  The liquid soap dispensers are not kind or encouraging to little people who want to grow in independence.  I am not a fan of soap bars left wet and slippery at the basin either.  Felted soap is a great solution.  Wool is self sanitising, it creates a lovely lather of soap, acts as a cloth to wipe off extra dirt and allows the soap to dry in a contained space.  And it looks beautiful!

I have also read that once the soap has disappeared, you can cut open the felt, insert another bar and close the opening with more felting.

You will need:

  • a mould for your chosen soap shape
  • gratings of soap - I chose to grate a quarter of a cup from a bar of soap
  • a double boiler - I used a heat proof bowl over a pot of boiling water
  • a few drops of essential oil - optional, I used sweet orange
  • tbsp of coconut oil - optional, I found that it helped to melt the soap
  • wool roving, suited for wet felting - I found more than enough in a bag for less than $NZ5 from Spotlight
  • an old stocking
  • a bowl of warm water

 Add grated or pieces of soap, along with coconut oil if using into a double boiler.  When the soap has softened (timing will depend on the amount of grated soap) add essential oil if you wish.   Softened soap can then be spooned into your moulds.  Take care it can be hot.  Level the soap and leave to harden overnight.

Pop the harden soap out of the mould and cover with the wool roving. 

At this stage we placed the soap in an old stocking.  Using a stocking makes it easier for hands, big or little to matt/felt the wool.  You may go without a stocking, it will require rubbing the wool for a little longer.

Dip the stocking wrapped soap into warm water and begin to rub all over.

It soon begins to lather.  We took turns to rub the soap for almost ten minutes.  For a larger bar of soap you may need to rub for 20 minutes.

Finally, unwrap the stocking to reveal your felted soap - or soap in coat!  Leave the soap to dry completely before using.

Thanks Meagan for sharing your tutorial and I hope you and your little people enjoy Kaea's "Show and Share" x


  1. Oh-oh:) Kaea you are so clever. I loved listening to you chatter while you were busy creating. I think tilly dog was impressed too. You were so focused on your task - and what a neat idea. I spy with my little eye something beginning with!

  2. Hi Rochelle, these are so cute and look like so much fun. If you had a moment, would you like to link this idea up at Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity?

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  3. gorgeous little felted heart soaps...

  4. Hiya,
    I stumbled upon your blog with a google search for Te Whariki images. I love it. I'm a Playcentre Mum from Auckland - Glen Innes. I love how you write and what you are doing. That's all.. just didn't want to read and not thank you.

    So thanks!



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