Upcycled Wool Dryer Ball Tutorial

The dryer can make a beloved sweater completely unwearable, which can be a little heart-breaking. The loss can be redeemed by using that sweater and a few minutes of sewing to make wool dryer balls.  They help soften your laundry without the use of chemical fabric softeners.  If you’re feeling fancy, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on them to add fragrance.  You can make your own, or purchase them from A Thrifty Notion  already made.

Materials Needed:

Felted sweater


Needle and Thread

Rotary cutter with mat (optional)

Sewing Machine (optional)

To begin, cut off all of the seams and ribbed cuffs leaving just flat pieces of knit wool.  Save the scraps.  Next, cut out 6 squares measuring 3″ x 3″.  Save the scraps from that too.

Next, either hand or machine stitch the squares together to form a cube.  Use a 3/8″ seam allowance and make sure you start stitching about 3/8″ away from the corners.  This makes it easier to create the cube.  If you have a walking foot, it can help keep the fabric from stretching too much while you sew.  Hand stitching also works very well for this project.

Sew all sides together except the last one.

Now go back to your scraps and chop any seams, ribbing and pieces smaller than 3″ x 3″ into confetti!  You can use scissors or a rotary cutter for this.

Now take your cube and turn it right side out and stuff it with the wool confetti.

Then use a ladder stitch to close the hole. You’ll find an excellent tutorial for this stitch at squishycutedesigns.com (along with some adorable plushie patterns).

Ladder stitch instructions

You’re finished!

Upcycled wool dryer ball tutorial

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