Handmade crochet soap savers are the perfect sustainable accessory for your bar soap. They help whip up a lovely soapy lather whilst using up the tiniest slither or soap offcuts that otherwise might get wasted.
Just like a washcloth, the woven texture will gently exfoliate your skin.
This is a quick and easy pattern suitable for beginners. You will be able to make up this project in an evening (yes, really)
Paired simply with a bar of soap, a soap saver makes a thoughtful present for family and friends. Or make a colourful stash to sit in the bathroom, ready for when you need them.
The beauty of this project is that it’s a stash buster - it will use up any leftover yarn from other craft projects. Or have a hunt around in the wool bin at your local charity shop, one 50g ball is ample.
Cotton yarn is a good choice because it creates a really durable pouch which will wash and dry well. Heavier weight yarns are tempting because you will be able to crochet your soap saver in super quick style, however, less practical as a wet soap saver will take a lot longer to dry in the bathroom.
Though harder to get your hands on, you could try experimenting with rougher yarns such as hemp or sisal to create a more exfoliating texture.
Haven’t crocheted before? Don’t panic! Crochet is easy to learn. With a bit of help from a friend, or an online tutorial, you will be able to learn all the skills in an hour.
If you run a craft club, you will be able to learn, apply your newly acquired stitches to make your soap saver in one evening.
This pattern uses only a handful of basic stitches making it the perfect beginners project.
You will be using:
Double Crochet - You will use this to create a strong neat start and finish to your soap saver.
Treble Crochet -A taller stitch than the double, it will form a looser structure which means your soap saver will dry quicker after use. Another big plus is that you will be able to work up your soap saver in super speedy style.
Notes: We used dk cotton yarn on a 4mm hook. Our finished soap saver measured approx 12cm x 14cm.
Flip over your work so that the bottom row is now facing you.
Chain 1 stitch (this will be your turning chain)
Double crochet in each chain to the end of the row.
With your base complete, the next step is to work up the sides of your soap saver.
Starting in the next available stitch, work treble crochet right to left.
Think of an oval race track, and keep following the stitches around. In this pattern, we completed 8 rounds of treble crochet. You might want to do more or less depending on your final ideal size.
When your soap saver has reached the right height, work one to two rounds of double crochet. This makes the top of your soap saver look a little more finished.
To finish off, cut your yarn leaving a good 10 cm of tail. With your hook, draw the tail through the loop on your hook. Remove hook and pull on the tail to tighten. Weave in the remaining end of yarn.
To make the cord for your drawstring, crochet a chain four times the width of your pouch. Keep the stitching tight.
Loosely knot the cords together to secure. A wooden bead would work well here too.
That's it! Now you have a ready to use or ready to gift beautiful homemade soap saver.
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