- a pair of scissors
- An old pair of tights (If you don't have any, I bought these ones from Dollar Tree)
- 100% wool yarn (Be sure it is 100% wool. Anything else will not felt correctly. I used this kind.)
- Essential oils (Optional)
Right, so let' s get started. You will begin by wrapping the yarn around two or three fingers about ten times. Then you will slide that off your fingers and wrap the yarn around the middle of the loops, so it looks like a bow.
You can make these as big as you want. I made mine to fit right in the palm of my hand, a little bit smaller than a tennis ball. Any size from about there to around the size of a softball will work. When you feel happy with how big it is, just snip off the end of yarn and tuck it under a few other layers of the wool.
At this point, you can add essential oils to your wool balls if you wish for them to be scented.
Putting them in the tights is important because a) it keeps them all in one place and b) it keeps them from unraveling.
The way that works best for this is to run them through with a cold water cycle, then a hot water cycle. Then when you throw them into the dryer, run it on the highest heat setting.
You may need to repeat this process two or three times to get them to felt, so this will be a great project for laundry day!
You can tell when they are felted because the individual strands of yarn wont come apart from the rest when you run your fingers over them.