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!
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.
Then, pinch your “lasso” of yarn, wrapping another 15 times around the middle- like a bow tie.
To start creating your perfectly round ball, pinch the bow tie loops together and start wrapping the yarn into a nice round ball.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!