I am very excited to share this item with you! Having switched to bar soaps in the shower, it can get tricky to find places to put them. Plus, they’re slippery once you’ve used them and easily slide off the shelf.
I’ve been thinking about how to solve this problem for quite some time, but had no luck. Upon casually checking the local sustainable shops online, I came across this product. I couldn’t help but think, what a brilliant idea!
Of course I had to see if I could just make my own instead. Here’s what I came up with to make my own bar soap holder.
I chose to use the same cotton fabric (thrifted curtain) that I used to make the beeswax wraps for the back. For the pockets I considered using old day curtain material, but decided to crochet something instead because I thought it would be easier to work with and prettier.
- Cotton fabric
- Cotton yarn
- Chop stick
- Sewing machine
- Size 5 mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- I found a simple washcloth pattern with holes and made one to match the size of my biggest bar of soap. In my case, I chained 30 stitches to begin.
- 1 dc in 5th ch from the hook, ch 1, * skip 1 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, repeat from * across putting 1 dc in the last ch
- Ch 1, turn, *2 hdc in ch 1 sp, repeat from * across putting the final 2 hdc in the beginning ch 4 sp
- Ch 4, *skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1, repeat from * across putting 1 dc in the last hdc
- Repeat alternating row 2 & 3 until your washcloth is square finishing with row 3 so the beginning and ending rows are the open work.
- Make as many pockets as you need. I have 4 different solid bars (shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash) so I made four pockets. Don’t forget the sew in the ends to give them a nice finish.
- Measure and cut your backing fabric. I laid out the pockets on top and cut about 2 cm wider than the pockets so I had room to create a nice edge seam.
- Fold over three of the edges and stitch to create a nice finished look.
- Pin and sew the pockets on. For the smaller bars that I have, I also sewed the pocket a bit smaller to ensure they stayed inside (see pattern below).
- Fold over the top and sew to create a pocket for hanging.
- Insert chopstick and tie on hanger.
- Place in shower and enjoy!
Note: I did think about the possibilities of this wonderful creation not drying out and getting smelly/moldy. We will see how it works out, but so far it barely even gets wet in our tiny shower. The soap holder I made previously has taken on an unpleasant smell that won’t go away with multiple washings/soakings so I will keep you updated!