DIY Wet Felted Dryer Balls

Last year, I showed you how to make wet felted dryer balls using mostly wool roving. Since then, many people have asked me … what is roving and where do I get it? Well, unless you happen to be a spinner or have a fiber farm, you wouldn’t know!

So, I figured out an easier way to make wet felted dryer balls using just wool yarn, which is more readily available. You really only need cheap wool yarn for these dryer balls – just make sure it’s all (or mostly) sheep, alpaca or other protein fiber.

Save Money!!  Ditch the dryer sheets and learn how to make Felted Dryer Balls out of wool yarn instead. This is super easy wet felting tutorial will show you how to make your own dryer balls. Eco friendly and chemical free, much better than dryer sheets! A free DIY tutorial from FiberArtsy.com

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What are Wet Felted Dryer Balls?

Basically, they are balls made of felted wool fiber which you use in your clothes dryer instead of dryer sheets. Dryer Balls are eco friendly and all natural with no chemicals. They fluff your clothes, cutting 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 Idea.

Oh, and if you don’t want to make your own dryer balls, you can actually just buy them here :)

Supplies Needed:

100% Wool Yarn s.a. Sheep or Alpaca wool. Appr. one skein per felted dryer ball. Check KnitPicks Value Yarn, too.
– One pair of cheap panty hose
– Twist ties (optional)
– Washing Machine
– Detergent

Easy DIY Felted Dryer Balls, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial

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.

Felting

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.

Easy DIY Felted Dryer Balls, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial

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.

DIY Wool Dryer Balls, FiberArtsy.com

Save Money!!  Ditch the dryer sheets and learn how to make Felted Dryer Balls out of wool yarn instead. This is super easy wet felting tutorial will show you how to make your own dryer balls. Eco friendly and chemical free, much better than dryer sheets! A free DIY tutorial from FiberArtsy.com

Have you used felted dryer balls? I’d love your feedback


Frequently Asked Questions

Will acrylic yarn work?
No. If you look at Wool fiber (animal fiber) under a microscope, you’ll see notches or scales along the shaft of the hair. Hot water, soap and agitation opens up these scales which then tangle together to make felt. Synthetic yarn s.a. acrylic or yarn made from plant fibers are slick and won’t felt.

How about superwash yarn?
Nope. Superwashing is a process of coating yarn with a type of plastic, making it non-felting. Great for socks, but not dryer balls.

If I use dyed yarn, will the color come off on my clothes?
They shouldn’t. Professionally dyed yarn has been heat set to make it colorfast. If there is leftover dye in your yarn, however, it’ll get washed out with the felting process.

Can I just use tennis balls?
Yes, you can. Keep in mind, though, that tennis balls are made with toxic chemicals which will be released the more you use them in the dryer.



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Comments

  1. Joanne Gregory says:

    I had seen these in the store but never the directions to make them. Might give this a try for some Christmas gifts. Thanks for posting!!

  2. If you want your laundry to smell wonderful, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the dryer balls before you put them in the dryer (and reapply after several dryer loads).