How to make a felted soap game controller using both wet and dry felting techniques. Use your own supplies or buy an easy kit!
I love my sheep and the wool they produce each year. We shave them, and process the wool, leaving them comfortable and me with tons of wool to play with. I can’t spin, knit, or crochet, so I felt! I love making felted soap, both with dry felting and wet felting techniques. As I usually have FAR more wool roving leftover than I could ever keep up with (at least considering how many hobbies I have!), I’m going to show you how to felt a new design today onto soap. If you want, you can pick up a felting kit from my shop with all of the supplies that you need. This allows you to try a new craft without ending up with enough supplies for a small army!
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Making felted soap is quite easy! I have a tutorial on how to wet felt soap, but this tutorial will specifically cover how to start from scratch with a piece of soap and wool roving, and turn it into felted soap with a Christmas tree design.
DIY Felted Soap with Game Controller Design
This craft uses a LOT of little supplies that sort of add up quickly- if you just want to try the craft once to see if you like it, consider supporting my farm and buying a felted soap making kit! This Game Controller Felted Soap Kit has everything you need to make one bar!
Each kit comes with 2 needles, an instruction sheet, wool roving in natural, green, brown, and yellow, a bar of soap, an organza bag, and a Ziplock bag. My hope is that this makes it easier for people to try a new craft without ending up with enough supplies for a small army.
Otherwise, feel free to individually purchase the items below:
- Needle Felting Kit
- 1 Bar of soap
- Pantyhose or organza bags
- Wool Roving:
- Natural color
- Plastic Ziplock bag (freezer bags)
Here’s the video showing how to do it, but keep scrolling for a tutorial:
Step 1: Spritz your soap with warm water. Wrap your soap in thin layers of the natural colored roving, spritzing occasionally to help the roving lay flat. Cover completely. I cover the soap lengthwise, then widthwise. Try to avoid lumps.
Step 2: Place the wrapped bar inside the mesh bag. Place the mesh bag with the bar inside the Ziplock bag, add HOT water, then seal, trying to get any air out of the bag in the process.
Massage the soap inside the bag for about 5-15 minutes, making sure to get all around the soap. The massaging process helps the wool felt together around the soap.
Step 3: Remove from the Ziplock bag, open the mesh bag, and see if the wool has felted to your desired amount. If not, replace and repeat process. Once ready, remove the felted soap from the bags. Rinse soap with cold water. Leave the soap to dry OR you can begin the “dry” felting process while the soap is still wet. Some people prefer one way or the other.
Step 4: Once dry, you will begin DRY FELTING your design onto the soap. To dry felt, you will poke your felting needle through the colored roving into the natural colored roving that’s covering the soap. You want to angle the needle so it does NOT hit the soap itself. Make sure your fingers aren’t in the way! You make lots of tiny pokes through the colored roving into the natural roving, following the design you wish.
I added to the two big buttons in black on the bottom first, then the + sign on the left and the – symbol above the buttons. After, I just felted four circles of yellow, blue, red, and green for the colored buttons.
I love that these felted soaps will appeal to kids! There’s always so much available for girls and women, but this can appeal to boys- and ANYONE who loves gaming! I’m a big fan of gaming and played my fair share of RPGs when I was younger so I love this project.
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