How to make doily covered soaps…

November 26, 2010 64 Comments by Kirsty

It’s totally faker crochet! If you are a purist…power to you. Hook yourself some little caps for soap.

I confess I find the gifting of handmade items something of a challenge. It’s one thing to give something you’ve painstakingly hooked, or stitched, or knitted, or sewn to someone else who makes things & appreciates them. It’s quite another to gift the same items to folk who’ve no idea of the time involved. Faker or not – it’s all the same to them. So…at this time of year when you’re crafting to give I heartily recommend the faker route.  

I got lucky at the oppy a couple of weeks ago & picked up a set of 6 crochet coasters which were a bit stained & yick. I slung them in the washing machine & stared at them for a while & wondered if a soap cosy might be just the ticket? Loofah & soap in one…yep! Time to have a crack folks.

Five minutes flat per soap…maybe less.

58 Comments

  1. Christina
    4 years ago

    Your such a classic! Great idea and unless I had seen the previous photo I would not know it was faker crochet.

    :)

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  2. felix and lily
    4 years ago

    What a lovely idea, thank you for sharing! :) I had a little giggle at some of the bits in your tutorial too hehe :)

    - Krystal xo

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  3. Tania
    4 years ago

    YOU LITTLE RIPPER! (and hallelujah and joy to the world and all that)…

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  4. Anne
    4 years ago

    Fantastic idea. Love it.

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  5. Ooty
    4 years ago

    LA LA Love it! =)

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  6. One Flew Over
    4 years ago

    You know me…totally love a faker.

    These soaps are FANTASTIC (still kicking myself)

    x

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  7. med nål och tråd
    4 years ago

    arrh, it's so true. You make something yourself and some persons just shrug their shoulders. I'm all in for the fake.

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  8. michelle
    4 years ago

    you rock kirsty
    word verification=fixact. ha-ha

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  9. Luisa
    4 years ago

    so clever.
    and they look beautiful.

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  10. 1/4 of an inch
    4 years ago

    Love this Kirst…really really pretty…Thumbs up to you! xxt

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  11. 'Joyce'
    4 years ago

    Fantabulous idea. Currently in the process of making for teacher gifts. This would make a lovely present topper with the smaller soaps. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  12. Bernice
    4 years ago

    Lovely idea. So cute and clever. I guess you could apply the same method to the groovy covered stones that are showing up all over the place.

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  13. Baa-Me Kniits
    4 years ago

    Totally fooled me! I thought you had spent hours on those! I'm off to the op shop for a hunt thru the linen :-)

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  14. Dee's Diary
    4 years ago

    Thanks for a wonderful, original idea. Wish I were half as innovative and a quarter as crafty x

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  15. Andi
    4 years ago

    How does your brain come up with clever stuff like this?

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  16. Rachel
    4 years ago

    I LOVE this idea!
    I too need to go venture to the opshop or look through my mum's stash, I'd love to try these for christmas presents (and make one for myself too!)

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  17. kitty
    4 years ago

    Love it! Hooray for faker crafting.

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  18. CurlyPops
    4 years ago

    Yah! I love Faker Crochet – it's the only type of crochet I can manage.

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  19. zigsma
    4 years ago

    I am like, so totally, going to do this, yeah? Excellent!! I don't know why I'm talking like that… Christmas craziness has begun.

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  20. Brenda @ Mira Narnie
    4 years ago

    OMG – awesome!! i love it, only i'll have trouble giving them away as i'll want to keep them. i'm off to raid my doily supply and then hit the op shops. Thanks for sharing ;-)

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  21. The Clip Cafe
    4 years ago

    Nice! I will be raiding my stash now and buying some soaps!!

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  22. crzylady
    4 years ago

    SO pretty! and I really love the faker approach :) super good idea for co workers

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  23. Maxabella
    4 years ago

    Love the cheating bit (my kinda crochet!)… but why on earth would I want a little cover for my soaps? Am I missing something? x

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  24. Naturally Carol
    4 years ago

    mmm…i'm with bernice, rocks covered with fakers!

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  25. Ames and Tash
    4 years ago

    Super idea. I have a whole heaps of doilies, table cloths etc that belonged to my lovely Grandmother that I cannot bear to throw away. Some of them are stained so I think I will follow your lead and cover some soaps! Thanks so much for the idea xo Ames

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  26. Jenny Butler
    4 years ago

    This is so brilliant!!! You never fail to impress me Kirsty!

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  27. Sandrine
    4 years ago

    Faker or not you are really clever!!:)
    I am painfully sewing frame purses for teacher presents…maybe I should listen to you :)

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  28. silverpebble
    4 years ago

    Total::genius.

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  29. riotyarn
    4 years ago

    Lovely idea! I have seen these kind of crochet stones before but to crochet on soap is so much better.

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  30. NessaKnits
    4 years ago

    Faker or not, still beautiful, it's true.

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  31. Hashi
    4 years ago

    Sweet!

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  32. Christie
    4 years ago

    Genius Kirst, pure genius.

    And I would expect nothing less!

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  33. Flotsam Friends
    4 years ago

    What a fabulous idea!! I adore doilies… It's still hand-made and from the heart. Pruxxx

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  34. Seaweed and Raine
    4 years ago

    Kirst, you are brilliant! I love these. I think I might have to make some for my Mum as a little "extra"… love it!

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  35. june at noon
    4 years ago

    That is such a great idea! And I don't think it's faker if you still have to actually *make* something, even if it just means attaching a doily to a soap. :)

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  36. faeryfay
    4 years ago

    love it!

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  37. Beautiful Day
    4 years ago

    ….Apparently (according to How Clean is my House{which I would like to say isn't overly clean but is significantly better than these Dirty berties}) the way to clean gross doilies/lace curtains/blah blah is to make a shallow warm "bath" and dissolve a couple of fake teeth cleaner tablets like sterident in them, soak for a while and then cold water rinse. VOILA, clean doilies…. or so I'm led to believe…. sterident is the one think I keep forgetting to add to my shopping list!!

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  38. Kylie
    4 years ago

    This is fantastic:)

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  39. Kathleen aka Refashionology
    4 years ago

    Just brilliant. I will be doing this!
    Thanks!

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  40. Seanna Lea
    4 years ago

    This is a terrific idea! A couple of the coasters you showed were also easy enough (though not five minutes) for even a novice to make.

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  41. Merissa
    4 years ago

    Fantastic!

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  42. Julianna
    4 years ago

    I can't believe I just ran into this on craftblog…. They are LOVELY! And what a Fabulous idea! I have literally JUST created a blog along very simlar lines, but with found beach pebbles instead of soaps (and traditional crochet, but that's neither here nor there). My intention is to crochet them on the beach, and then Leave Them There for someone to find.

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  43. Madeline
    4 years ago

    Love this and want to do it but I can't find round soaps anywhere! Seems square is the shape of the season. Where did you find yours?

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  44. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Oh, this is awesome! I had this amazing brainstorm that I wanted to do crochet covered soaps – but I can barely manage a rudimentary square – dilemma!! I do, however, collect vintage (and often icky) crochet items. It was just missing that link. So happy!

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  45. Amy Herbst
    4 years ago

    love it.

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  46. silverandchalk
    4 years ago

    love this idea! now i know what to do with all those vintage doilies i thrifted!

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  47. Charlotte
    4 years ago

    This is cool! Now I know what to do with some of my doilies! New follower.

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  48. Amanda
    4 years ago

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  49. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts
    4 years ago

    Wow! Someone posted a link to this amazing project on the Dollar Store Crafts facebook page… I’m posting it next friday on the site. The link will be: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/?p=10566

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  50. Tabitha
    4 years ago

    Brilliant idea and I feel the same way about crafting gifts for non-crafters.

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  51. Allison
    4 years ago

    completely love this semi-homemade idea! Thanks for the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea!!

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  52. Kona Girl
    3 years ago

    I think I love you! And you are funny too! I actually crochet, but I love your idea. Saves lottsa hours and days, not to mention months! Mahalo!

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  53. Marnie
    3 years ago

    These are lovely! But, as a crocheter myself, I’m sorry you chose to call this ‘faker crochet’.. There is nothing fake about the crochet in these coasters- trust me, somebody put the time and effort into crocheting them. However, I love it that you managed to find a beautiful way to use them. I will be on the lookout for some round soaps myself. Thank you for a great idea!

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  54. Lise
    3 years ago

    What are covered soaps used for?

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  55. Bridget
    3 years ago

    Love this! I pinned it!

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  56. jamie
    3 years ago

    This is so beautiful, I found mini doilies at big lots for .25 each so I purchhased a ton of them, wondering what to do with them now i know what to do. Thanks

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  57. Marina
    2 years ago

    I can’t even begin to tell you how happy this makes me! I wonder if these would go well as wedding favors… ?

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  58. Marsha Ripple
    8 months ago

    Thank you for this idea! I have MS and holding soap in my hand is difficult. Covering it with a doily is ingenious! Also I love the idea of dressing up the soap! Thanks again!

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