The benefits of DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls
- They reduce your drying time
- They are free of chemicals often found in store bought dryer sheets
- They reduce allergic reactions because they don’t include fragrances or chemicals
- They fluff your laundry and reduce static cling
- They are inexpensive to make (It only cost me $5.49 for the yarn. I already had the other supplies around my house)
- 100% Wool Yarn (not labeled ‘superwash’ or ‘machine washable’)—I found my wool yarn at Hobby Lobby. The brand was called “I Love this Wool.” Check your local craft store’s website for 100% wool yarn before making a trip there.
- A pair of old pantyhose
- A blunt-tipped needle or crochet hook (a pen cap or tooth pick would work as well)
- A little string or acrylic yarn (optional)
- Essential Oil (optional)
- Wrap a strand of wool yarn around the index and middle fingers of your non-dominant hand about 20 times. Pinch the wrapped yarn in the middle and pull it off your fingers. Wrap 4 or 5 loops of yarn around the center of this bundle to hold it securely. Using the bundle as the center of your ball, continue wrapping yarn around it in different directions, turning to achieve a fairly-tight ball shape. Continue until the ball is at least the size of a tennis ball.
- Use a blunt-tipped needle or crochet hook to tuck the end of your yarn under several layers of wrapped yarn until you can no longer see the end. Repeat the process described in steps 1 and 2 until you have 5 or 6 balls.
- Cut one leg off of an old pair of pantyhose (or use a knee -high stocking). Put one ball into the toe of the stocking, followed by the other dryer balls. Use the little string or acrylic yarn to section off each ball from one another (or just put one ball in the stocking at a time and tied a knot between them with the pantyhose). Tie off the open end of the stocking so that you have a “yarn-ball caterpillar.” Make sure you tie them tight! You don’t want them coming out in the washing machine.
- Throw the “yarn-ball caterpillar” into the washing machine with a load of whites or towels in hot water to begin the felting process. Then throw the caterpillar into the dryer. You will want to wash and dry the caterpillar at least 2-4 times so that the yarn will felt and won’t come apart.
- Remove the dryer balls from the stocking. Then toss the balls into your dryer with a load of wet laundry. If you’d like, you can add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to the balls to scent your laundry as they work.
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You mentioned above very nicely and in detail about felted wool dryer balls. I usually read all blogs on wool dryer balls, and I learn more ideas from it too.
I think it will be easy for all. DIY is good for everyone.
I was buying such balls or similar ones for ages! now I will try to make my own Wool Dryer Balls! Thank you for an idea!)
Why not just highlight, copy, and paste to Microsoft Word and print that? I don’t see any copyright.
Good idea. I will pass this suggestion on to my supervisors and see what we can do.
sure wish I had a print button. by the time I gather my supplies, I cannot find the directions. Can you make this "printable"? Thank you in advance