Grandmaideas.com, the St. Charles Area Woodcarvers, theswansnet.wordpress.com and Ivory Soap have free soap carving patterns available as of 2015. Grandmaideas.com has two sets of four patterns for soap carving with young children. Print the designs, cut them out with a knife, place them on the bar of soap, and begin carving. The website also offers some advice on how to ensure the best possible results, such as only using ivory soap as it is the easiest to work with.
The St. Charles Area Woodcarvers has several patterns available for free on its website. The patterns include animals such as a bear, rabbit, dog and turtle, as well as a heart and a flower. They are available as PDFs that can be printed out and used as templates in the same manner as the ones on Grandmaideas.com.
Theswansnest.wordpress.com has several Easter-themed soap carving templates. These include rabbits, eggs, butterflies and crosses. Again, they are intended to be used as printable paper templates.
Ivory Soap, the company that makes the soap most associated with soap carving, has some patterns available for download through its website and social media. The company also provides several tips for carving such as the types of tools to use.