I Felt Some Balls… For the Dryer!

I Felt Some Balls… For the Dryer!

So, let me get this straight… creating your own DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls is a project that will (1) cost me very little up front and save me a LOT in the long run, (2) is FAR better for our planet, and (3) is super easy to do?

Why have I waited so long to try this?! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Well, call it a problem corrected- and all the points I listed above? 100% true!

While at the Red Ribbon Resale shop the other day, I passed by a bin filled with yarn. Normally I wouldn’t give this a second thought, but with dryer balls on my mind, I took a peek- sitting right on top was this bag of old wool yarn. Wonderfully enough, it was even from a local mill!

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Keepin’ it cheap with thrifted yarn.

Just what I was looking for- 100% pure wool yarn.

Felted wool dryer balls are not a new concept. They soften and fluff clothing naturally, reduce static cling, help cut drying time, won’t decrease towel absorbency, and are chemical-free. Add to that the cost savings (from both eliminating the purchase of dryer sheets AND from the reduced drying time), they’re pretty magical.

And as if the magic needed sprinkles on top- they’re easy to make!

To being making your dryer balls, first start by wrapping the yarn around three fingers a few times- 15 to 20- and then slip it off your hand.

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dryer Ball, Step 1.

Then, pinch your “lasso” of yarn, wrapping another 15 times around the middle- like a bow tie.

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dryer Ball, Step 2.

To start creating your perfectly round ball, pinch the bow tie loops together and start wrapping the yarn into a nice round ball.

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dryer Ball, Step 3.

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dryer Ball, Step 4.

Once you reach tennis ball-size, you’re ready to finish it off. And yes, it may try and escape from you a few times while wrapping.

With an embroidery needle, thread the yarn tail through the needle and then push the needle through the ball to the other side (or close enough). Pull through tightly. Do this a few times- in varying directions- until finally the tail disappears inside the ball.

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dryer Ball, Step 5 and DONE!

Using an old pair of stockings (mine were a relic of the Great Stocking Debacle of ’15- don’t ask!), push your wool ball into the toe. You’ll want to double-knot the hose as close to the ball as possible to make a tight compartment.

My suggestion? Whirl the ball-in-the-hose over your head like a cowboy with his lasso.

I did it- it worked like a charm and was awfully fun.

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I know, it looks a little weird…

Now- my 2 skeins (I purchased two from the thrift store) offered enough yarn for 5 dryer balls. So I ended up with a cross between a caterpillar and linked sausages.

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And another…

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to be finished off in the wash!

I tossed my sausage-pillar in the washer with some towels, washed them all with hot water, and dried them on high. I did two loads like this with my sausage-pillar. After the second load had dried, I snipped the stockings and peeled the wool balls from the hose- they felt themselves to the hose a little, but not terribly so.

End result? Five perfect spheres of felted wool- reporting for softening/drying duty!

Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And now I have a set that will last me a LONG time!

How great is that?! And, while you’re wrapping the yarn, you can add a few drops of pure essential oil to them for added fragrance- I recommend this citrusy oil and this fresh-scented oil for any cleaning and/or freshening needs!

I’m all set to rid myself of chemical-laden dryer sheets forever. And for a fraction of the cost of just ONE box of dryer sheets, I’ll keep my pocketbook just a tad fuller from now on!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Vintage wool yarn from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY dryer balls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

 

Comments

  1. Another reason for a trek to GW. I like these treasure hunts.

  2. So great for 75 cents! It is neat that you have dryer balls made of locally milled yarn, too. I actually even love them just for the look in the bowl!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Right??!! I just love those old mixing bowls- of course, the one in the pic is quite small, making it extra adorbs.

  3. Deborah Nelson says:

    Great idea!!

  4. I wondered how to make these – thanks for the actuarial. Off to raid my yarn bin….

  5. This has been on my project list forever! I saw them on pinterest and have wanted to do this 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Maybe I will get around to trying these soon!

  6. I love this idea! We haven’t been using dryer sheets or fabric softener lately because of the chemicals. These would be great to use when we wash our baby’s clothes!
    Thanks for linking up to the #HomeMattersParty! We hope to see you again next week. 🙂

  7. Perfect timing. I’ve been thinking about doing this because I don’t ever use dryer sheets but I have a serious static issue this time of year . I hadn’t been able to figure out how to keep them from unraveling but sewing the end in like a bunch of times totally makes sense. Now to find some actual wool……

    • Ellen Kincaid says:

      LOVE THE IDEA, ONE WAY TO STOP YOUR CLOTHES FROM STATIC WHILE WEARING IS TO PLACE A SAFETY PIN ALONG THE SEAM OR HEM, WORKS LIKE A CHARM, SKIRT STAYS IN PLACE.

  8. This is so neat. I need to try making some of these and giving this a try too. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  9. Wow. Love it. Thanks for sharing! I have dryer hedgehogs, but when they wear out, I’ll remember this. Pinning.

  10. Fantastic! Pinned for later. Popping over from Worthwhile Wednesdays at Crafty Allie.

  11. I love this! I think I have some wool yarn around some where or I know where to get some cheap! I cannot use dryer sheets because of their smell but my husband insists on them for his clothes. He uses foil balls. I must make these….thanks for the easy instructions!

  12. Great idea!

  13. Great DIY idea! Genius! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoy having you every week on Thursday night at 8PM through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  14. Jacqueline Fish says:

    How many times can you use these balls of wool yarn?

  15. I love my dryer balls – my new best friend! But this is a great idea and I NEVER thought of it! Love it! Just wanted you to know that you’re being featured at our WEEKEND WIND DOWN LINK PARTY today! Thanks for linking up with us! Have a great day!

  16. Think I will try to unravel an old wool sweater and try this.

  17. This looks like a great idea, except on the package it says “moth proof”, this means that some chemical had to be used to do that?! I do have some old pure wool yarn left over from project years ago…..definitely going to make some. Thx!

  18. Great idea…and nice double in the title!

  19. How many of the dryer balls do you use at one time?

  20. I am wondering if these balls cause lint on your clothes? Or help to cause the little fuzzy balls (pills) on pants?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I’ve been using them for weeks with no problems like that- I had the same thought, but so far, so good!

  21. So cool Sarah. I never knew you could use felt balls as dryer sheets. What a fun, easy, and inexpensive DIY project. I love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Great Idea Thursdays.

  22. This is awesome and I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

  23. So cool! I think they look a lot cuter than the plastic spiky ones that I use! Thanks for linking up!

  24. I have four balls sitting on my craft table to be felted, but now I’m kicking myself for not looking for yarn at the thrift store. $0.75 is a LOT less than I paid for wool for mine!

  25. Fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Fantastic idea!! And I kinda love the title, ha!

  27. I have wanted to try these for the longest time! Thank you for sharing with Idea Box link party!

  28. Wow, this is a great idea! Love this! 🙂
    Cathy

  29. Jann Olson says:

    I have wanted to do this for some time, but have never run across wool yarn or taken the time to buy some. Love how yours turned out! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  30. Beautiful! 🙂

  31. How many balls per load? I’m gonna try this!

  32. Keran French says:

    Very interesting, i wondered what they were, i dont own a dryer, i hang my clothes outside on a clothes line. This is so much better for the enviromnent, your clothes and your skin can absord vitamin D.

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