Introduction: DIY Dryer Balls - Ditch the Dryer Sheets!
A FiberArtsy.com Tutorial
Last year, I showed you how to make felted dryer balls using mostly wool roving. Since then, I’ve had many people ask me … what is roving and where do I get it? Well, unless you happen to be a spinner or have a fiber farm, you probably don’t have bags of roving around. So, I decided to show you an easier way to make felted dryer balls using just wool yarn, which is more readily available.
What exactly are Dryer Balls?
Basically, they are balls made of felt which you use in your clothes dryer instead of dryer sheets. They’re eco friendly, all natural, fluff your clothes, cut the drying time (saving you money) and help to eliminate static cling. Commercially made dryer sheets are made with toxic chemicals which you really don’t want on your clothes! Felted dryer balls are cheap, easy to make and will last for years. Bonus … they make a Great Gift.
Step 1: Supplies Needed:
– 100% Wool Yarn s.a. Sheep or Alpaca. Appr. one skein per ball
– One pair of cheap panty hose
– Twist ties (optional)
– Washing Machine
Step 2: Felting the Yarn
Preparing the Yarn
If your yarn is rolled in a ball, great! You’re ready to move to the next step. If it is in skein form (photo above), you will need to roll it up. Simply start by wrapping it around your fingers, then remove it from your fingers and continue wrapping it into a ball, roughly tennis ball size. Approximately one skein of yarn makes one dryer ball.
Cut the pants part off of your panty hose and place the yarn balls inside the leg. Tie a twist tie between each ball. If you don’t have twist ties, you can tie the hose in a knot. You want them to be fairly snug inside the hose so the yarn can’t unravel in the wash.
Place your dryer balls in the washing machine and wash with hot water and a bit of detergent. I washed mine through 3 regular washing cycles. If you can catch the machine before it drains, just reset it to the agitation cycle. The longer they agitate, the better.
Take the balls out of the hose and check for felting. If the yarn does not separate from the rest of the ball, they’re ready!
To use, simply toss 4 or 5 dryer balls into the dryer with your laundry.