Dryer balls are easy to make! They bounce around in the dryer and shorten the drying time. Inexpensive Corriedale wool is good to use and although roving is available in many colors, natural ecru is best as any dyed roving may transfer. The balls eventually become more and more felted (and smaller) but will last for years! They also prevent static and eliminate the need for dryer sheets.
I purchased 8 oz of wool roving and divided the wool into four balls.
To make them all equal, each ball weighed 56 grams of roving.
I neatly and tightly wrapped the wool roving, just like when winding yarn into a ball. Using a felting needle, I then jabbed at each ball but only going in about 1" in depth. I kept needle felting it for about 5 minutes until it felt evenly semi-firm yet still round.
Below is the roving weighed
out and the needle felted ball.
Now they are ready for the next step.
I filled a bowl with hot water and placed it in
my kitchen sink. Then I dunked each ball into
the water and waited for the air bubbles to stop.
Liquid soap was squirted over each ball and gently rolled in my hands
at first and then more firmly rolled. Then I rinsed
them in cold water and squeezed out the excess water
The balls were then thrown into the dryer.
The one on the left hasn't been tossed in the dryer yet.
They were dried on hot for 60 minutes.
I added a few drops of lavender essential oil to each dryer ball
which will make what's drying smell heavenly! Use 3 or 4 balls
to a load of laundry and cut your drying time.
copyright images of Carol Jensen 2019
Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works.
Carol Jensen Felting Blog