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DIY Wool Dryer Balls-Eco Friendly Chemical Free


You will need:
6 Skeins of 100% Wool Yarn (Patons Classic 100 % Wool Yarnworks well. If you have the Michaels orJoAnn's Fabric 50% off coupons it's about $3.00 a skein)
1 Pair of old or new Panty Hose Stockings
1 large yarn needle
Scissors
Acrylic or Cotton Yarn
Your favorite essential oil (mine is lavender)

Directions:
*Wraps the wool yarn around two fingers about 10 times and pull off fingers.
*Wrap the middle of the tens strands, then fold in half and begin wrapping around the entire newly forming ball.
*Continue to wrap evenly around the ball (it may seem lopsided but you can easily correct shape by adding more yarn around the area that needs it to become a ball shape).
*It will take one skein of yarn to make a softball sized dryer ball.
*When you come to about the last 5 inches of yarn, thread it though your large yarn needle.
*Once threaded push the needle through the ball and pull it out the other end. Repeat this a few times, then cut the remaining small piece left hanging out flush to the ball.
*Repeat these steps until you have 6 large wool dryer balls.Inserts the balls into your two pantyhose stocking and using the acrylic yarn tie off each ball (so they don't felt together).
*Make sure each end it tied off to keep the balls in the stockings.
*Add them to your washer with a load of towels.
*Wash on hot, with cold rinse.*Remove from washer when done, keeping in the pantyhose.
*Add them to the dryer with the towels on hottest setting and dry completely.
*Remove from dryer & remove the balls from the stockings.
*The balls should be felted now (meaning the stands are stuck together and will not separate).
*If they are not properly felted add them back to another pair of stockings and wash/dry again following the same steps listed above.
*Sometimes it takes a few times to felt the balls properly, depending on the wool you use. I use Patons and have not had any issues with not felting on the first try.
*Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to each ball and throw all six back in with the towels for about 20 minutes to complete your felt.

Notes: This is a great way to naturally scent your clothes. I am chemically sensitive so this is a must for me. I absolutely love my wool dryer balls. If you use 6 balls it will cut down on drying time while helping your clothes be less wrinkled & free of static cling. They make great gifts. You can make a couple and included the instructions with a set of towels or whatever else you want to give for a house warming or wedding shower gift.
<<<To avoids lots of wool fibers on your clothes, toss them in a little cotton laundry bag until they no longer shed (it takes several uses in dryer bag to stop the shedding). It may mean you need to re-felt the too. It can take 3 times to really felt them using new nylons each time.>>>
Yields: 6 Wool Dryer Balls
I scent my dryer balls with lavender, my favorite scent!
I scent my dryer balls with lavender, my favorite scent!
Patons 100% Classic Wool works very well.
Patons 100% Classic Wool works very well.
Wrap the middle of the tens strands, then fold in half and begin wrapping around the entire newly forming ball.
Wrap the middle of the tens strands, then fold in half and begin wrapping around the entire newly forming ball.
diy wool dryer balls eco friendly chemical free, cleaning tips, crafts
diy wool dryer balls eco friendly chemical free, cleaning tips, crafts
It will take one skein of yarn to make a softball sized dryer ball.
It will take one skein of yarn to make a softball sized dryer ball.
When you come to about the last 5 inches of yarn, thread it though your large yarn needle.Once threaded push the needle through the ball and pull it out the other end.
When you come to about the last 5 inches of yarn, thread it though your large yarn needle.Once threaded push the needle through the ball and pull it out the other end.
Repeat this a few times, then cut the remaining small piece left hanging out flush to the ball.
Repeat this a few times, then cut the remaining small piece left hanging out flush to the ball.
Repeat these steps until you have 6 large wool dryer balls. Inserts the balls into your two pantyhose stocking and using the acrylic yarn tie off each ball (so they don't felt together).
Repeat these steps until you have 6 large wool dryer balls. Inserts the balls into your two pantyhose stocking and using the acrylic yarn tie off each ball (so they don't felt together).
They will shrink a bit after felting. Please read full post for full instructions.
They will shrink a bit after felting. Please read full post for full instructions.
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  • Vmw14307797
    on Nov 25, 2016

    I am incredibly sensitive to both chemical fragrances, and lambs wool. Can these be made with wool made from cotton?

  • Susan Truxal
    on Mar 25, 2017

    I can't find the rest of the directions about the felting of the yarn balls. Please help! Thanks

    • The Elegant Home
      on Apr 7, 2017

      If you click on the blog link it will show you how to felt them. I used a nylon stocking tied off with string or non wool yarn. Place in washer on hot an soak. Then wash and dry on hot in the nylon.

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