I have been wondering about dryer balls for sometime now. Folks in my SAPGAP group often ask for leftover fiber to be made into dryer balls. I have seen them at my guild meet-ups and at local craft fairs. So, I finally started doing some research.
Turns out, dryer balls are really easy to make and super useful. I modded this recipe from DIY Natural (they call for wool yarn wound into balls), but I used some old roving for the centers and some pretty, left-over pencil roving for the outside layer. I rolled the roving into a ball shape ad secured it tightly with the pencil roving; then slipped each ball into the leg of some panty hose (no, I do not own panty hose and buying them was an experience unto itself . . . ahh the wonders in Walgreens pharmacy!) I tied each ball off with some acrylic yarn and then loaded the next ball into the leg.
Then, when my little “caterpillar” was complete, I put it into the washer with a small load of towels, cranked up the hot wash and the cool rinse; then dried them with the towels on high heat. Apparently, it can take a couple of goes to get these to work sometimes, but mine felted solid after the first wash and dry.
Now, to package them up and send them off as (late) Christmas presents 🙂