Soap Bag – PDF Weaving Pattern


Soap Bag

I use bar soap (partly because I can get it without packaging – no plastic garbage!) and I never want to waste any of it, so I designed this soap bag to collect the little slivers that usually slip down the drain. I imagined it as a great project for using up leftover yarn – making one uses barely 10g of weft, and the handy braid (to hang dry) can be made out of thrums. It’s also super quick to weave – making it easy to whip up a few over the weekend and give away as hostess gifts or to friends and family.

As a weaver I often want to give handwoven gifts, but don’t have the time to weave something special for everyone – this is my answer! I also love supporting other makers in my community, and to that end, I encourage you to take a look at these three soap makers that I use:  ALTR Soaps, Cucamanga, and Skipping Stone Soap

Read below for full project details. 


This pattern is more than just plain instruction – personal experience and pro tips and tricks are included to help you achieve great results! This pattern has illustrated sewing instructions, and a page full of ideas that make modifying the pattern to suit your needs easy.

  • Minimum Equipment: 4 harness loom, 12 dent reed, 1 shuttle
  • Warp and weft requirements: Maurice Brassard 2/8 cotton, variable linen/linen blend wefts such as: BC Garn Lino or GIST Duet.
  • Additional material/equipment needed: Sewing thread (for hand or machine, colour variable), soap!

This project is geared to the beginner/novice weaver who is comfortable warping and weaving but would like to follow a pattern and learn more about creating their own unique textile designs on the loom. This PDF download is 5 pages long and includes 5 colour images outlining the process, detailed instructions, plenty of tips on modifying and adjusting the pattern, as well as the instructions/treadling draft. If you enjoy weaving this pattern, you might enjoy making the Studio Curtains or Railroad Runner & Napkin project too!

Please note that you are not purchasing a finished soap bag but a pattern to design and make your own.

As professional artist and handweaver, my goal is to develop weaving patterns that engage people in their own creativity and increase their skills and confidence through simple projects. Making beautiful woven textiles does not have to be challenging!

This pattern is for personal, non commercial use only.

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