My inspiration for this gift came from these at Anthropologie. This week's birthday girl was with me when I found them and I thought she might faint from excitement! They are so soft and pretty, not to mention their beautiful scents! So, of course, I had to make some for her.
felted. Then I wrapped it around the soap just the way I wanted it and marked the shape with chalk. I cut a piece that would cover the whole bar, without leaving much wiggle room. I wanted the wool to fit snugly against the soap. I folded the piece long-ways, wrong side out, and did a blanket stitch in upholstery thread along the long side, creating a tube of felted wool. Next, I adjusted the fold so that the long seam was in the center of my flattened tube. For the oval-shaped soap bar, I rounded the corners of the tube with my scissors before closing the ends.
I blanket stitched one end closed, then stuck the soap inside to check the fit. For both soaps pictured below, I had excess fabric at the open end when I did this. Leaving the soap inside, I cut the tube to just about a quarter of an inch beyond the end of the soap. Again, I rounded the corners for the oval-shaped soap bar.
I took the bar of soap out and flipped the pouch right side out, checking my seams for holes as I went. I stuck the soap back in the pouch and did a tight blanket stitch to close the open end. Once it was done, I checked it over again for any holes (hand stitching a bulky knit is tricky!) and took it to the sink.
The soaps at Anthropologie were totally infused in the fabric of the felt pouches, which I loved. I soaked my felted soaps in the hottest water I could stand and worked them into a good lather. When the wool was good and soapy, I rinsed the soap bubbles off and re-adjusted the felted pouches. They slid a little bit with the lathering, so I just moved them back to where they started.
Angry Chicken. Happy birthday, Ree!