We recently got our first dryer since we’ve been married. We’ve had a washer for awhile, but we didn’t have a dryer because the apartment we lived in didn’t have a dryer hook up and once we moved we were just focused on paying off school loans. I had gotten in the great habit of doing a load everyday, letting it air dry, and putting away the dry load from the day before. (I’m actually struggling with putting away clean clothes now that I have a dryer!)
Anyway, now that I have a dryer I realized I needed something to soften the fabric. I know I can use fabric softener in the washer, but I don’t like to have one more thing to think about buying. I also don’t like dryer sheets because they just coat your fabric with wax to take away the static but it makes them less absorbent. My solution is felt dryer balls. I read about them on pinterest and wanted to try them out. 

How to Make Felt Dryer Balls // DIY Felt Dryer Balls

I purchased some 100% wool yarn; I used two skeins to make this many balls. I made six tennis ball sized balls and six tiny balls for decorating. All I did was wrap and wrap and wrap the yarn into balls. Then I used a yarn needle to pull the end in and out of the ball.

How to Make Felt Dryer Balls // DIY Felt Dryer Balls

I put the balls in some old tights and tied a knot between each ball. Then I washed them in hot water and put it through the dryer.How to Make Felt Dryer Balls // DIY Felt Dryer Balls
They turned out like this. I was worried because you could still see the yarn lines, but luckily they were felted perfectly!
I use three balls each time I use the dryer, and it makes our fabric SO soft. It’s amazing. But I am used to air dried towels which are crunchy. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with the small ones. I thought they’d shrink a lot more so they are bigger than I thought they’d be. I’m thinking of combining them with some wooden beads and hang them up or make a wreath with them.
Also, if you like a nice smell on your clothes in the dryer put a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils on each ball. I like to use a protective blend* to help protect my family against getting sick.

How to Make Felt Dryer Balls // DIY Felt Dryer Balls

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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2 thoughts on “DIY Felt Dryer Balls

  1. So, may i ask what the theory is about the yarn balls? I mean is it the lanolin that is supposed to make the clothes soft? Just curious. djcogdill@q.com

    Posted on March 28, 2016 at 11:22 am
  2. I need to try this. The only thing I like about dryer sheets is the smell. But this sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted on March 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm