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Eco-friendly post 1: hand made Soap Bags

Two years ago I really didn’t think seriously about being environmentally friendly. I’d started taking my own shopping bags for the regular weekly shop, bought fruit and veg loose rather than pre-bagged, determined to buy no more plastic, and liquid soaps were bought in bulk to be decanted – but that was about it.

A year or so before that I’d been on a train trip South to Machynlleth and found a most wondrous fabric and yarn shop. In a ‘Remnants’ bin was a huge ball of variegated cotton yarn that I bought and used to knit a Summer top. It was never to be.

About six months ago I decided to use soap bars rather than liquids. Out went the face cleansers, the shower gels, and even the shampoo.

Fast forward to a month ago. The Summer top was unravelled. Well, it was cotton, a remnant, and perfect for recycling. I had the idea that a facial cleansing bar in a soap bag would create the perfect blend of cleansing and gentle exfoliating.

Stage 1: Big ball of cotton + 6.00 mm crochet hook
Stage 2: Cast on and worked in double crochet (that might be single crochet in USA?)
Stage 3: Used actual soap bar to check measurements
Stage 4: Cleansing bar slips in a treat – I’m ready to make a simple closure
Stage 5: Job done. Soap bag ready for use.

I’ve been using the cleansing bar bag for a couple of weeks now. It’s been so successful that I’ve made a second one to keep in the shower. I’ve also crocheted a face cloth and a body cloth that I keep in the shower. Next on my list is a bag for my body scrub. Body scrub in an exfoliating bag – can’t get any better!

If you are interested in the idea of crocheted or knitted cloths and bags but aren’t sure how to go about it please ask for details. The beauty of this is that it’s guided by your materials.

Being creative is the mainstay of my life, and poetry, prose, and photography is where I express my deepest emotions. I also enjoy the challenge of design and create jewellery, fabric bags, and garments and home items in yarn. Diagnosed with ASD at the age of 68 after fifty years in and out of the mental health system, I now aim to explore and share my experiences over these years. Apart from blogs and short articles I'll share my life in my verse and images.

3 thoughts on “Eco-friendly post 1: hand made Soap Bags

    • Hi – great to have you back.
      Yesterday I made a bag for a Sanctuary Spa salt scrub bar and I’ve also made a much smaller one to take all the ends of soaps so they don’t need chucking away. AND it works. The face cloths work well too.
      I agree, great for gifting as you can embellish them with fancy edging or ribbon drawstring. They are easy to knit too for those who don’t crochet. What’s not to like?
      BTW – hope that doesn’t mean you’re thinking about Christmas. You need to take it easy. Although you can make these with your feet up and tea/coffee/wine/gin by your side.
      Maz 🛌🤶😉x

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