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How to Make Felted Wool Dryer Balls

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I am always looking for things that work more naturally, more green, than the toxins we find in practically everything, even dryer sheets or those long chemical names is liquid fabric softener.  I heard about the use of felted wool dry balls several times, and now is the time to try them out.  I found directions on how to make them on eHow, http://www.ehow.com/how_5151381_make-wool-dryer-balls.html.  Felting is a process of using hot water and hot drying to get the scales in the wool to shrink and bind together to become a solid unit.  So I bought some felting wool and made 6 balls out of 2 skeins.  They turned out well.  The balls live in the dryer and really do keep the static electricity down and they also cut down drying time (thus saving electricity) and their bouncing around while the dryer is doing it's job, makes the clothes softer and fluffier.  So here is How to Make Felted Wool Dryer Balls.
 
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Supplies:
Felting wool
Scissors
Nylon hose (mine are black)
Polyester yarn (scrap piece, not shown)
Washer and Dryer
Yarn needle

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Find the start of the yarn and wrap it around your first 3 fingers 5 times.  Remove from your fingers and wrap the yarn tightly around the bundle 5 times.

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Fold the bundle in half and wrap the yarn around the new little ball. 

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Keep wrapping the yarn around evenly, making a small ball.

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Turn the ball 90° and wrap evenly around the whole ball again.  By this point the ball should be just larger than a golf ball.  Cut off the yarn.  Tuck the loose yarn end, under some of the other yarns.

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Add the ball to the toe of the hose, and pull it tight, a tie piece of yarn and around the hose to allow the ball to be in its own little section,  repeat with as many balls as you have.
sharon_bb2 years ago
GREAT way to use up random wool yarn in my stash. Thanks for the idea!
wanamoka2 years ago
oh this is nice.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Fantastic! I just learned about these and am excited to try them.
craftknowitall (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Let me know What you think. Thanks for looking.
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