Want an eco-friendly way to dry your clothes? Hanging them on a clothesline is the best! But if you don't have 7 days of sunshine like we do here in California, these dryer balls will help you save money, use less chemical-y fabric softener, and save on energy.
These 100% felted wool dryer balls will speed your drying time and are just fun to make!
You will need:
Wool roving and/or 100% wool yarn
An old pair of tights or nylons
First, take your yarn or roving and create a small ball:
Next, take your roving and break into small strands.
Wrap the strands tightly around your yarn ball. Continue until it is the size you want your dryer ball. Mine are about 2 inches in diameter. I think 2-3 inches would make the most efficient size dryer balls.
Feel free to snazz them up a bit and add bits of decorative roving around in a design. Or, needle felt a design after you are finished.
Put the ball into your tights (or nylons) and knot between balls.
Wash in washer on the hottest cycle. It is okay to wash them with a load of clothes. I ran mine in two loads of wash and through two drying cycles.
Ta da, felted wool!
Enjoy shorter drying times. These are especially great if you have to go to a laundromat and use a timed dryer, they help get your clothes as dry as quickly as possible.