How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

    by Contributing Writer

    Dryer balls help to cut down on the time your clothes have to spend in the dryer. They help to separate the clothes and eliminate the static. If you do not want to buy them or you want a more natural option, it is simple to make your own. All you need is some wool yarn, or roving, and a pair of panty hose. The wool will mat together in the wash and the fibers will grab themselves, forming a dense, thick felt. The dryer balls are easy to make and will felt more with continuous use.

    Things You'll Need

    • Wool roving (thick, wool fibers)
    • Wool yarn
    • Scraps of acrylic yarn
    • Scissors
    • Panty hose
    • Tapestry needle

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    Wool Roving Dryer Ball

    Split the length of wool roving into a few thinner strands.

    Wrap one strand of roving tightly around your fingers to begin making a ball.

    Remove the wool from your fingers and start wrapping around the bundle to continue the ball. Continue wrapping the roving until the core of the ball is the desired size. Do not let go of the ball yet.

    Wind the wool yarn around the roving ball to secure the ball. Pull the end of yarn under a few strands of yarn and tie off the end tightly.

    Wool Yarn Dryer Ball

    Wrap the wool yarn around your fingers about 10 times to create the center of the ball.

    Remove the loop from your fingers and continue wrapping the yarn to make a very tight yarn ball.

    Wrap the yarn until the core of the ball is big as you desire. Thread the end of the yarn into the eye of the tapestry needle, push under multiple strands and tie off to secure the yarn. Clip the yarn to finish.

    Felting the Wool

    Insert either the wool roving or wool yarn ball into the pantyhose. Cut off the pantyhose about 2 inches beyond the ball. Twist the end of the pantyhose tightly and tie it with a piece of acrylic yarn to secure the pantyhose. You must use acrylic or some other synthetic yarn because this is not supposed to felt.

    Place the ball into the washer and dryer. The hotter the water and the hotter the dryer temperature, the faster the wool will felt. If you wash the yarn ball with a regular load of laundry, it will also felt but the process may take longer.

    Remove the pantyhose and wrap additional roving or yarn to the core of the ball until it becomes the size you desire. It's helpful to make them slightly bigger than you desire because they shrink slightly when felted.

    Place the ball back in the pantyhose using the same process and wash and dry it again. Remove the pantyhose.

    Add more wool if you want to make the ball larger. If the ball is large enough, it is ready to use.

    • Making dryer balls are an ideal way to use up wool yarn scraps.
    • Use 100% wool or the fibers will not felt.

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