I just recieved my Anthropologie Christmas catalog in the mail today, and there on the cover was an apron full of these darling felted soaps. Now, of course, a $14 bar of soap doesn't really qualify as thrifty, but you can easily make your own luxury gift with around 1/2 oz of wool roving and a bar of your favorite soap. My Personal Favorite inexpensive soap is Yardley Lavender, but I'm sure many of you have your own. Remember, looks don't count for this project, since no one will ever see the soap but you!
Instructions for felting around the soap can be found here, and I would only add that putting the wrapped soap inside an old nylon stocking while felting will make the process rather less clumsy, and probably help it to go faster by adding a bit of scrubbing action.
If you prefer working with yarn to roving, knit a Wee Little Soap Sweater instead (pattern found here, or devise your own), and let the recipient do the felting as they use it. Add a darling little tag (below) with the scent listed, and perhaps knit a cotton face cloth to complete the gift.
- 1 bar of the soap of your choice: $2-3 on up
- 1/2 oz of wool roving: $3 or so, depending upon how it's packaged