Sick of using chemical fabric softener? I was. So I’d been using some plastic dryer balls from the dollar store to cut down on all the chemical nonsense. But then, being from the dollar store, one came apart. Also, they were made of hard plastic of unknown origin and were beating ruthlessly heated up while repeatedly contacting our clothes. So, I had some wary feelings about them as it was. Then, totally by chance, I stumbled upon a tutorial over at Green Eyed Monster that showed how to make your own from felted wool! Hello, lovelies!
Now, the day I made these, the Green Eyed Monster tutorial was down for the weekend, so I had to hunt around for a similar tute. And I found this very informative one from GoodMama that did the trick.
Here’s what resulted:
Ain’t they nifty? And they work like a hot damn, too, beating the wet clothes senseless as they dry, and keeping them soft. It’s great!
Such an easy thing to make, too. Instead of using 100% wool for the core and doing a first pass at felting the inside layer, I just used a bunch of ugly yarn I had on hand to make a base, then started wrapping the real wool overtop until all of the core was covered. Then I felted them inside the leg of an old pair of stockings (as the tutorials suggest) and the outside just contained the non-felted (presumably synthetic) core. I ran them through a hot wash twice and they’ve been in the dryer a few times now as well. Success!