Array of Ground Soaps packaging + bars



HELP US GIVE BACK Return the hand-dyed, hand-stamped cotton batik fabric packaging that your soap is packaged in and we'll upcycle it into a breathtaking piece of art: A warm & cozy quilt for someone who needs a little bit of extra love!

If you choose to make something awesome of your own instead, please share it with us. We'd love to see how this fabric inspires your creativity!!

A vibrant quilt made with returned Ground Soap packaging.



All unique Piece by Piece creations grow from fabric that's returned to us, and the results are always stunning.

We partner with The United Way of SD&G to auction off our quilts or donate them to families in need. 100% of auction proceeds go to this local charity.  


Batik fabric holds great significance to me. Before World War II, my Grandfather Klaas migrated to Indonesia from Holland to take advantage of a job opportunity in the rubber plantations there. After settling, he was married by proxy to his Dutch fiancé Tine, who promptly boarded a ship and made her way from Holland to join him. They spent several years living with the local people on the plantation, learning the language, the culture and the cuisine and welcomed their first son, Klaas Jr.

When war broke out, the two were once again separated and placed in internment camps. There they spent three painful years apart not knowing each other’s fate. Fortunately, when the war ended, they were re-united and returned to working the plantation for another four years, during which they welcomed the arrival of my Uncle Bert and my Mother Anne. Eventually, their growing family emigrated to Canada to settle in Eastern Ontario, where they dropped roots for good.

Through their years overseas, a great deal of Indonesian culture and cuisine made it into the fabric of my family, where it still thrives today. So when it came time to create the packaging for Ground Soap, I knew exactly where to look for inspiration.

Several years ago, I travelled to Indonesia to meet the people who create beautiful batiks by hand. I was lucky enough to hang around their outdoor shops while they stamped, washed, and dyed long rolls of cotton into beautiful designs and I even got to walk through lofts of hanging batiks swaying in the afternoon breeze to dry. This solidified my connection to Indonesia, its people, and the beautiful handmade fabric that I’ve been obsessed with ever since.


It’s easy. After unwrapping your soap, save the fabric and send it to us at:

Piece By Piece c/o Ground Soap
2107 Second St. West
Cornwall ON, Canada
K6H 5R6

Make sure to include your name so that we can add you to the list of contributors to the Piece by Piece project.

If you're a quilter who wants to donate your time and talents to the project or have any questions about how you can help, please email us at 

A quilt made with returned Ground Soap packaging. This one has blue tones.
A quilt made with returned Ground Soap packaging. This one forms bandaids with hearts.
A quilt made with returned Ground Soap packaging. This one forms a tree in the middle.