How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

About three years ago Matt purchased a set of felted wool dryer balls on Etsy. When he opened the package I laughed and asked why he was purchasing balls of yarn for such a ridiculous price! He explained the purpose of the dryer balls and asked if I would experiment with them in our laundry.

Wool dryer balls are not a new concept. I had just never heard of them before this package showed up on our doorstep. People have been making them for years as an eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener (read about ourhomemade dryer sheets and fabric softener). But wool dryer balls can do so much more than just eliminate chemicals from your laundry.

You should learn how to make wool dryer balls for all of the following reasons:

They decrease drying time, saving you money on utility bills. (Especially helpful in the winter months!)

Commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets are filled with harmful chemicals and perfumes that coat your clothing, eventually ending up on your skin. These chemicals can be especially harsh on sensitive skin. There are no chemicals in wool dryer balls!

Commercial dryer sheets can be costly, and are thrown away after (normally) one use. Wool dryer balls can be re-used for years, saving you hundreds of dollars.

Commercial fabric softeners shouldnt be used on cloth diapers. Wool dryer balls are perfect for keeping your cloth diapers soft and chemical-free.

Wool dryer balls wont affect the absorbency of your towels, kitchen cloths, or cloth diapers commercial softeners will.

100% wool dryer balls increase fluffiness and reduce static as dryer loads tumble.

Dryer balls help to soften clothes naturally.

Dryer balls are made from a renewable resource.

Its simple. They bounce around in the dryer separating clothes, allowing more hot air to circulate through all the garments. As they tumble, the wool balls fluff your laundry, reduce wrinkles, and basically pummel the laundry to make it softer. They do so much more than a dryer sheet by pulling moisture out of your clothes so you dont have to run the dryer as long. The more dryer balls you have in a load, the shorter the drying time will be.

Maybe youre using those plastic PVC dryer balls because you dont want the chemical scents from commercial products coating your laundry. We dont recommend these, because plastic releases all kinds of nasty chemicals when its heated. Ditto for tennis balls. Wool dryer balls are a much more natural, chemical-free alternative to all the other options out there.

Dont bother paying someone else to wind yarn into a ball for you; making your own felted wool dryer balls is a simple process you can do while watching a flick, helping kids with homework, or waiting for dinner to cook.

Finding the right yarn is the most critical part of making these wool balls.Look for100% wool yarn. Most hobby stores sell it, or you can purchase itonline.

Note:Stay away from any wool labeled superwash or machine washable. This type will NOT felt.

I have successfully used many types of wool yarn to make felted wool dryer balls, butI prefer the thick, lightly spun roving yarn(pictured in beige below). It felts much better than the Fishermens Wool or the other tightly spun wool yarns.

Be really thrifty and green by unraveling an old 100% wool sweater youre not wearing, or purchase wool sweaters at a second hand store and use the yarn for this project (or other projects). If you use a yarn with even the slightest bit of acrylic or other blend, your balls wont felt correctly, if at all. If they are not felted, they will unravel in the dryer and youll have a stringy mess.

I like to use brightly colored yarn so I can easily separate the dryer balls from my clothes when coming out of the dryer. I havent had trouble with colors from the yarn balls bleeding onto fabrics, but you can choose lighter colors of yarn if youre worried about this.

skein of 100% wool yarn (NOT wool labeled superwash or machine washable) find my favorite kind here

string or cotton/acrylic yarn (to secure the wool ball in the pantyhose)

1. Begin wrapping your wool yarn around your first two fingers about 10 times.

2. Pinch the bundle of yarn in the middle and pull off your fingers. Wrap more yarn around the middle of this bundle.

3. Wrap yarn around the entire bundle until you have the beginnings of a ball.

4. Continue wrapping tightly until your ball is the desired size. (I make mine softball-sized to help cut drying time more, but tennis ball or baseball-sized will help save money on yarn. You can also fill your ball with an old, wadded up sock or piece of fabric if you dont want to use so much yarn.)

5. Use a blunt-tipped yarn needle or crochet hook to tuck the end of the thread under several layers of yarn. Pull it through and cut the end.

Repeat these steps with more yarn until you have 4-6 balls.

6. Cut the leg off an old pair of nylons, or use knee-high stockings. Put balls into the toe of the nylons, tying tightly in between each one with string, or cotton/acrylic yarn. (Just dont use wool yarn or it will felt around the nylons.) Tie off the end. Take a few minutes to play with your yarn ball caterpillar if you like.

7. Throw the entire yarn caterpillar into the wash with towels (or a load of jeans if you used brightly colored yarn).

8. Wash in ahotwash cycle with acoldwater rinse cycle. Dry your yarn caterpillar with your laundry usingthe hottest dryer setting.

Remove balls from nylons and check for felting. Some types of wool yarn will not felt well on the first try. You may need to repeat the washing and drying cycles up to 3 or 4 times. Youll know felting has occurred when you can gently scrape your fingernail over the ball and strands do not separate.

Just throw these babies in the dryer with your freshly washed clothes, and let them do their work! For regular loads, use at least 4-6 balls to notice a decrease in drying time. For large loads, use 6 or more wool balls. The more you use, the more quickly your clothes will dry.

Store your dryer balls in the dryer between uses or display them in a basket in your laundry room.

If you want to lightly scent your laundry you can add 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball before throwing in the dryer. If youre using a good quality, pure essential oil, you will not have trouble with the oils spotting your clothes. (Find 100% pure essential oils here.) Just be sure to use a clear essential oil.

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If youre like me and you hate throwing money in the trash with disposable cleaning products, youre going to love this: You can make washable Swiffer dusters!

Click here for the directions to make your own washable swiffer dusters from microfiber cloth.(ThanksLittle Dear Tracks!)

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I just made the floor cloths by cutting leftover yellow fleece from another project into 8 X 10 inch pieces and tucked into the tabs that are in the rectangle already. I tried in on the hardwood floors and it seems to pick up pretty well. hopefully it will hold up in the wash. Thanks for the good idea.

I just made the floor cloths by cutting leftover yellow fleece from another project into 8 X 10 inch pieces and tucked into the tabs that are in the rectangle already. I tried in on the hardwood floors and it seems to pick up pretty well. hopefully it will hold up in the wash. Thanks for the good idea.

I made these with microfiber towels from the dollar store but there was too much fluff & shedding. Has anyone tried fleece or flannel? Or something else?

I have wanted to try making these since I re-pinned this about a year ago! I just havent gotten around to buying the fleece or microfiber cloth. I was going to try felt to see if that works since I have a ton of it, but I also wondered about flannel as I have a ton of that too.

I would think that flannel would work better than felt. Let me know if you try it.

I am not sure about that Katie. The fleece and microfiber have a different texture. I dont think that the felt will pick up the dust.

I was going to try felt, too. I think if I spray it with pledge, the dust should stick. Felt is cheap and I have a ton if it. Its worth a shot, I think.

I love this idea !!! Heading for the Dollar Tree !!! Thank you sooo much!!! Great Stocking stuffer idea !!!

To make your fleece last longer wash it but dont dry it. Fleece dries fast. If you dry it it make it bally (if that is a word) and can melt the fleece. Hope this helps.

Praise! I appreciate your giving credit to the original blogs for questions you cant answer & for providing feedback to your readers! Well done & love anything that re-purposes!

Thanks, I love anything that can be recycled. I also crochet my own Swiffer dusters.

Thank you for these directions. I made one today with some leftover fleece. It was so easy, and when the 3yr old boy woke up, he couldnt stop cleaning things.

Anything that makes your kids want to clean is a great thing, right?! 🙂

Does this actually pick up the dirt like a swiffer or does it push it around like a feather duster?

It depends on the material you use. Microfiber cloth will pick up the dust. You can also help out any duster by using a spray on product like Pledge. 🙂

I loved this idea! These work better if you use fabric that has been washed a few times. You can use old tee shirts, cut slits and gently tug on each slit until it curls slightlythis will keep it from raveling. If you use fleece, that again works better if its older, softer and already been washed. I dont care for the micro-fiber, but that just me. Used fabric saves lots of money and makes this project even better. If you want to make these for gifts, I suggest buying new fabric but wash it before you make any cuts to prevent shrinkage.

Thank you very much for this. I have a cleaning business and am tired of buying stuff I can make myself..

I tried one with fleece and it worked great, but when I washed it, it shriveled up and was useless, will try again with microfiber though because I love the idea

Thanks Patricia. That is helpful to know. 🙂

I am having trouble with the 3rd step. In the picture it looks like you have multiple layers together, but in step 2 it says sew 1 small to one large. I guess I am just dumb. Can you explain the steps further?

Donna, this is actually re-posted fromLittle Dear Tracks. You can contact her to ask any questions because I have not made these myself. 🙂

I made mine out of a torn sweatshirt. No dust. Pinking shears are the best!

GREAT IDEA!! Wow I will try making one from an old sweatshirt!

thank you for a very useful idea. I love it !!Thank you for sharing.

I made one of these using a microfiber cloth, and it sheds too much fluff for it to be useful for me, but I think I am going to try the fleece and see if that works better. 🙂

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Could you please provide more complete details how to sew this item? Sorry, cant understand the sewing instructions?

Hi Sandy! I actually shared this from another blog. Here is the link: Maybe you could contact her and ask her.

Im going to make these for the classroom so the kids can help keep it a little less dusty! They LOVE to help clean! 🙂

maybe you could alter the pattern to make slots for little hands so the kids can wear these and help clean.

These are actually from a different website (click the links to go to the websites) but I imagine that you could use any kitchen tool or cleaning implement that has a handle. You could look at the dollar store for something that would work.

You can make them from microfiber cloths found at dollar tree. :o) I love, love, love dollar tree microfiber cloths!!!

OK, dumb question, but what do you make them out of? 🙂

Not a dumb question at all Angie! From what I have read you can make them from fleece or from microfiber cloth found in the automotive department of stores like Walmart.

Thanks for asking that, Angie! I was wondering myself And thanks for the answer, Kimberlee! Fleece or Microfiber

LOVE this!!! I absolutely cannot stand to throw things away and this is a perfect solution!! Thank you so very much for sharing!!

How well do they compare to the disposables?

I havent made mine yet Tiffany, so I dont know but I do know that the disposable ones cannot be washed.

I have washed them and they can be reused for some time.

Love it!!! I hate buying throw away cleaning products!

This idea is AMAZING!!!! I am totally making sets of these for Christmas!! Thank you so much for a fun, frugal, and useful gift idea!!

Thanks Amanda, but Aimee at Little Dear Tracks is the real genius for figuring it out! 🙂

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Why be the same old plain ghost? A ghost going out in public might like to get dressed up a little. Use the same old white sheet, cut out holes for the eyes and a small slit for the mouth. Then dress it up a little. Put eye shadow and lashes around the eyes. Lipstick for the mouth. Put a little color on the cheeks. How about earrings and a necklace ? You could color in a beard or mustache. Use something besides just a white sheet to be a little more fancy

Clown: Sweet clothes that are too large. Decorate by using either fabric paint, or markers. For those who dare try tie-die. Tack on some large pop-poms, add a cheap wig, hat, and make-up. You may also stuff the extra space in clothing with tissue. However this could be messy, if you need to make a pit-stop.

Scarecrow: Over sized flannel shirt, faded blue jeans with patches, rope for belt and to tie at the cuffs of his jeans and sleeves, stuff the shirt and jeans with plastic grocery, or paper, a little bit of straw to hang out of jeans and shirt. Add a little bit of make-up.

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pins pin anything to yourself i:e: socks, underware, bounce sheets, etc. You can also spray your hair straight up in the air. From: Maria

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Its quite simple, just a round skirt, a white short-sleeved shirt, and some saddle shoes. (If you dont have saddle shoes, plain buckle shoes are fine.) You could add some cat-eye glasses if you want. Tie their hair in a ponytail, and wrap a scarf around it. From: Ziemniak

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Build the hunchback out of foam or cardboard. Find an old coat several sizes too large to accomodate this. Old, ratty clothes are great! Wear a snaggly wig and keep putting hand up to ear and muttering eh?. From: Chris

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Crash test dummy – After!There is a commercial costume for this, but a good one can be made with sweats and tape to make the markings on it like the crash test dummies. Use bandages and fake blood to decorate. Fashion a seat belt out of webbing and an old buckle and pin in place. (or go to a junk yard as ask for an old seatbelt). From: Chris

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Decorate the vest & skirt with the silk leaves in a random pattern and glue into place. Decorate the skirt with flowers growing out from the leaves already put in e the remaining leaves and small flowers to decorate the face mask. Gather your twigs and secure with wire to make a nest. Place your bird on the twigs and secure into place with the wire. You can add some leaves and peat moss as a filler. The child can wear a dark coloured turtleneck and leggings under the vest and skirt for the evening walk to get treats. From: Loredana

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Black with white strip down the pack.. be careful everyone may run

Pink, brown, or white, add a powder puff or large pom-pom to the backside, and a set of ears make from constriction paper and a plastic headband. Now just hop on out and enjoy

Green with a piece of poster board attached to the back. Simple cut the poster board into a large oval, make random marks like a turtle shell, and paint.

Brown, tan or white, either paint, or pin paper spots on. Make floppy ears and bobby pin to hair over your ears. The tale can be most anything, depending on what type of doggie you wish to be. Add a little make-up.

Gold, brown, tan, white. Make ears from construction paper, attach to head band or bobby pin in to hair. Sew a simple round tale, and pin on.

Black, For the legs grab some cheap black hose, stuff with any thing dark and light weight. Either sew, or staple to keep stuffing from falling out. Pin to clothing, add a little make-up

Use a pair of black sweats and black sweat shirt (and a pair of black shoes). Use a large piece of poster board or cardboard and cut out a large oval. Paint it red with black dots. Staple black elastic pieces (in a loop) onto the board to make arm holes. For the antenna atatch craft pipe cleaners with black pom poms on the ends to a headband. From: Shaundi Gopp

Last year my 3 year old was a snowman. It was the easiest costume so far! I bought white sweats, christmas socks, white keds tennis shoes, a cheap black hat, fake snow, mittens, scarf and black pom poms for the coal!

I sprayed the hat to look like snow and added a cheap red bird from the craft store. I bought a white mask and bought a cheap carrot from the craft store and glued it onto the nose part of the mask. I glued the pompoms on his sweatshirt and that was it. Cheap, simple and he was adorable. Besides he was the only frosty we saw! He also had to have white face makeup on!! From: Andee Heneghan

Attach little cereal boxes to a shirt, cut a slit in the boxes, glue in plastic knives into the holes, drip red paint running down from the knife hole in the box. From:Gail McNitt

Using green or pruple sweets, attach balloons of the same color with safety pins. Ppaint face and hands same color. From: Barbara Brown

Grapes appear to be popular! Here is one from Jo:

My fav was purple tights, purple (long sleeves) body suit (I cant think of what its really called), 12 purple balloons and a green felt hat. Balloons are pinned (by the tied off end to the fabric in a triangle shape, 3 on top, 2 in middle and 1 at bottom (on front and back). I was a bunch of grapes and the hit of the party!

– lots of different colored balloons

– large clear plastic bag (I got mine from the grocery store – the BIG bags that they put all the recycled cans in)

Blow up all the balloons. Cut two leg holes in the bottom of the bag and two arm holes near the middle. Have your child stand in the bag and fill with blown up balloons. Write on each piece of cardboard JELLY BEANS 2 CENTS EACH. Safety pins signs to front and back of bag. LOOSELY tie around shoulders with a colorful ribbon. Cut off excess bag around face From: Dee

If your prefer to be a little high class Jelly Bean… Natalie suggested…put an enlagredJelly Bellysign on the front of the bag.

When I was younger, a teacher from my elementary school dressed up as a black eyed pea and it was so cute, my mother dressed me up the same way the next year. It is simple and cheap. Wearing all white, with black tennis shoes, I cut out the letter P from black construction paper and pinned the Ps all over the white outfit. I painted a black spot over one eye (black eye … get it? 🙂 hee hee) and I was a black-eyed P From: Angela

Using a black umbrella and tights, Rip the umbrella in half. Discard the center and innards of the umbrella. If you are fancy you can sew the edges of the umbrella to the back of the body. If you dont have the time or patients to sew the umbrella you can always safety pin it. From: Sydhen

Put on black sweats and black shoes. Use a piece of poster board and paint wanted color cut them out in an appropriate wing shape. punch two holes toward the edges of the wings. put black ribbon through them and tie around waist. attach pipe cleaners and pompoms to a plastic head band. From: Bekjg

Get a green body suit and some green tights and on your head wear a beanie hat. Glue fake flowers to the beanie hat and maybe pin a few on your body suit. Also its fun if you paint some flowers on your face and arms. I found some cheap, fake Ivy and wrapped it around my neck and arms and presto! Your a

You need an oversized black sweatshirt, black sweat pants, black open faced ski mask, two HUGE googly eyes, black yarn or fishing line, pipe insulation (for legs!), three pairs of gloves (very small) and black opaque tights.

Attached the ski mask to the neck of the sweatshirt. Hot glue googly eyes over the opening in the ski mask, The foam pipe insulation is placed into tights. So that the leg could bend, I cut the length of pipe insulation in half. Attach all legs together for coordinated movement with black yarn or (fishing line), Attach toddlers gloves on the ends of the legs and have your child wear one pair. For safety, I bought some reflective tape and created a design on the back and front so that he could be seen. Obviously, wear black sweat pants and dark shoes. Two years later, we took the legs off, added a huge set of black felt wings hot glued from wrist to neckline to wrist and used craft foam to make big black bat ears!! From: Amy

Darcy Prairiedog(Little Dogs on the Prairie)

Items needed: Light and dark pink felt , an old hooded pink sweatcoat, pink gloves, pink slacks, pink slippers.

Cut out light pink felt into what looks like prairiedog ears. Place the dark pink felt inside in in the same shape except smaller. Glue onto the sides of the hood on the sweatcoat. With the remaining felt,cut out a piece of headfur. From the light pink felt. Put on and paint your face pink with a black nose. From: Patricia

One year for my girls I had them dress up as ragdolls and I didnt have to spend a penny!

I took an old sleeper and cut out the feet then I sewed patches in various places over the sleeper. I also sewed wide cuffs at wrist and ankles. (because the sleepers were to small). It looked so cute. For the head I used an old stocking cap and sewed strips of fabric from old clothes to the stocking cap. Then gave them red cheeks and freckles. It was a great costume and completely free. From: Evelyn

Wear sweat pants and sweatshirt if it is cold. Tights and a turtleneck if you will be in a warm building. Take an inexpensive (thin) plastic laundry basket and cut a hole in the bottom that you can fit through. Make it small enough so that is sits on your hips after you pull it over your head. Fill basket with laundry and pin a few dryer softener sheets to your sweatshirt.From: Dede

Take a white laundry basket and cut out the bottom, be sure to tape the cut edges with masking tape. Attach two wide strips of material (white) to front and back of basket (these are the shoulder straps). Attach white, light peach, and pearl balloons to the staps using safety pins (these are bubbles) Wear a white bodysuit, and white pantyhose. Put on your houseshoes, shower cap, and grab your scrub brush. (If the laundry basket has holes in it, cover the inside with posterboard) From: Bridgette

Last year I made my 6 year old into his favorite POKEMON card. I used a box and made his head BLASTOISES head. My computer scanner, felt ,my computers publisher and a little creativity made him the hit of the party! – from Bonnie

Paint it silver, glue on a few extras a presto.. arobot.

Paint it red, tack on some paper plate wheels, and you are arace car.

Paint it white and a handle and you will be a coolrefrigerator.

Paint it light tan, tack a small flat box. Draw on a keyboard, you will be the first walkingMacintosh. (may work with Windows 😉 )

Wrap it in Christmas paper, add a large bow.. wow aChristmas present.

Paint it bright colors, and a crank. You can pop into the local Halloween party as aJack-in-the-box

Cover with table cloth, glue on silver plastic platter in the middle (cut hole for head to pop through. Glue on a couple of place settings of Plastic dishes, and glasses. Now yourhead in on a silver platter.

Get a small box big enough to fit around your childs waist. Paint box

blue (for Thomas), or green (for Percy) etc. With colored construction paper add stripes and train number to sides, also add black train wheels. On front make a 3D face with construction paper to match your train of choice. Attach a belt from a robe to each side and harness over shoulders. Dress child up with a conductors hat.

Using a large card board box and five different colors of contact paper or construction paper (contact paper is easier to stick on) enough to do 5 sides, black pants and long sleeve shirt. this was done very inexpensively and we had a lot of fun with it. From: Tracy

Grab a friend and take 2 cardboard boxes, paint them white. Cut out several black circles (From construction paper) and glue them in the appropriate places to make you and your friend a pair of dice! Its so easy, From: Laura Jones

Have the second person dress as a key ring and use a light weight chain to attach the two people. To make the key ring cut several large keys out of poster board, attach one to the back and another to the front. Attach a medal ring to a hat, then attach a few more keys to the ring. From: Joy, Codi & Sarah

Take a medium sized box (apple/orange boxes were a good size) cut two round holes in the sides for the arms. Hot glue 6 cottage cheese containers on the top of the box (the flat part) like a Lego piece. Spray paint the whole thing whatever color lego you want to be. (We chose our colors based on what color sweats and turtle necks we had on hand) Take a smaller box that will fit on top of their head snugly and hot glue one cottage cheese container and spray paint it the same color. Just slip into the open part of the back of the box and stick your arms through the holes. From: Elliott and Danielle and Kevin and Angela and Kristie (this one is real popular this year!)

Walmart or Kmart sells cardboard dressers in the laundry department. Cut out holes for arms on the sides and hole on top

for head. I put foam in the inside for the shoulders to hold it up. I painted the dresser and wrote on each drawer underwear, socks, ect. Hot glue a doily to top with hairbrush and hair accessories. Hang underwear, socks, shirt, and pants out of drawers. Put a small lamp shade on childs head so neck and face are base of lamp. From: anonymous (by way if you dont want to spend the $$ for a cardboard dresser, it wouldnt take much to make one out of a box. Attaching long flat boxes on the front and hot glue small balls on the front for pulls.

With a little thought you may come up lots of ideas that make the chair a natural part of the costume. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Convert chair into a throne, by wrapping the back and arm rests with gold or silver foil / paper. Use plastic gems (from craft store), old jewelry, Christmas garland to give it that special look.

Simply wear a cape of a royal color (velvet looks great). Scepters and crowns can be purchased at most retail stores, or make your own!

If an attendant will be going, they may dress as the mate (King or Queen) or as a court jester.

A variation of this would be to dress like Santa and have the attendant be an elf.

Skiers have a bad habit of falling and breaking a bone or two. This opens the door for a great costume. Just put on some ski clothing (hat, scarf,…) Wrap a leg in wide white gauze (to look like cast) and if you really want to ham it up and you use a power chair, wrap an arm too.

If you know anyone who has a ventriloquist doll, this can be a quick and easy one. You may wish to go with the formal look wearing a tux, or the casual look by dressing to match the doll.

Find a box that will fit conformably over chair (still allowing you room to maneuver inside). Remove top flaps, cut hole in top for head, and in sides for arms. Decorate.

For gift box, wrap box in wrapping paper, make a large bow and wear as hat.

To be a Jack-in-the-box, paint the box in bright colors, than wear a matching top and hat. Clown make-up will add that little extra.

To be a robot, cover box in foil, then use your imagination to decorate.

Again using a box (as above) decorate as you favorite vehicle.

The space ship can be done much as the robot. This can be real cool costume for high tech power chairs and or using a vent.

Mix ingredients shortening and cornstarch. Separate the recipe into different cups, add food coloring.

Wash your face and any area that you will be applying makeup to and than dry thoroughly.

Apply a thin coat of cold cream to the entire face.

Using a cotton ball, gently pat cornstarch over cold cream. Keep your eyes closed.

Berkely Parents Network- A pretty cool list of other costume ideas.

Halloween Express- Lots of unique costumes, ready made

Family Prod- While the text of this site is written in French, it offers some great ideas. One of the great things about pictures.. a picture is worth a 1,000 words. 😉

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Make Your Own Slip Version 1

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Hello, everyone! Today Im making a slip and Ill show you how. This is more of a Slip Experiment than a genuine tutorial though you can definitely follow along with the steps to make your own slip! Im going to experiment with some variations and make up a couple of slips, and see what we can learn from trial (and possibly error!)

Im planning to make three slips, using different trimmings, and hopefully improving with each one.

Todays slip is cream-coloured, with cream lace and cream elastic:

Feel free to get started on your own slip after todays post, or wait until Ive made all three so you can choose the techniques that work best and learn from my mistakes!

Slip fabric. I used rayon lining fabric we call it Bemberg lining here but I never see anyone call it that on sewing blogs, so maybe it has different names? Its the nicest-feeling lining and my personal favourite for all projects.

Elastic for waistline. I used elastic with decorative edges because it was a good match for the cream fabric and because I thought it would feel soft.

Lace for hemline trim. I used a pre-ruffled lace because it was the closest colour match. (I found plenty of white lace options but not a lot of cream lace.)

Pre-wash your slip fabric. For me the best part of the slip is that I can wash it separately, without having to wash the whole skirt! So I definitely pre-wash my slip fabric.

Iron out the wrinkles. I use steam and on the stubborn wrinkles, I spray them with water. It worked for me!

First, figure out how long you want your slip to be. Gerties tutorial suggests it should be 3 shorter than your skirt. One of my books recommends 1 shorter than your finished skirt. I think its completely up to you!

What I did was measure my finished Crescent Skirt:

If you havent finished the skirt yet, use the finished measurements on the back of the envelope as a guide, or measure a skirt from your closet.

Then, I used a little math to calculate the length of my slip, and the width. So I made you a handy worksheet!

Right-click the image to save it to your computer, and print out a copy for your notes. Then fill in the measurements following my example above!

Because everyone will have different measurements, I thought this would be an easy way to follow along, that lets you customize your slip the way you want. Leave a comment if you have any questions!

Note:My lining is wide enough to cut my slip with one sideseam. If your lining is narrow, add an extra 1 (2.5cm) to the width measurement of your slip. Then, divide your width in half and cut two rectangles, measuring half the width and all of the height. (If we use my measurements above, wed have two rectangles 18 3/4 high and 22 wide.)

Once you have a rectangle of lining fabric, sew the sideseams. This is another great place to useFrench seams!

Now well add the elastic to the waist, and lace to the hem. Starting at the top edge, press under the 1/2 (1.2mm) seam allowance.

Now take your waist elastic, and measure around your waist snugly. Ill mention this again at the end but you will want it to be snug around your waistline, so pull the elastic tight without being too tight.

Overlap ends of elastic approximately 1 and trim off the excess. I like this overlap-and-zigzag method because its flatter than sewing a seam and having a seam allowance on the inside.

Zig-zag on top of the overlapped part, up and down a few times. Trim your extra threads like I didnt do before taking this photo!

Divide your elastic loop in half, and half again, marking these points with pins. Youll have four pins dividing the elastic into quarters.

Do the same thing with the slip skirt. Mark halfway from your sideseam, and then divide these points in half again.

Pin the elastic to the folded edge, matching the pins on the elastic to the pins on the skirt.

With a zig-zag stitch, sew the elastic to the slip without stretching, for a few stitches only. I lined up the folded top edge of the slip skirt with the un-crinkled part of the elastic.

Now that the elastic has been secured to the slip, its time to stretch the elastic! On mine, because my hips are so much bigger than my waist, my elastic is stretched as far as it possibly can. Yours might not be as strained, but its OK if it is! It will shrink back into place after were done.

Heres what it looks like, stretched:

You will always want to keep your needle stuck in your elastic if you lift the presser foot, or it will spring out of place. Thats how mine is staying in place to take the photo!

When you sew, sew with one hand behind your work, stretching the elastic, and one hand in front, also stretching the e lots of pins to keep the elastic from shifting. When you get back to the starting point, overlap your zigzag stitches about 1/2 (1.2cm) over the starting stitches.

Heres what your waistline will look like. Steam it to shrink the elastic back into place!

Next, I wanted to sew a rosette to centre front, as a pretty detail, and so its easy to tell the front and back apart.

On a side note, I used to pick things like this off my underwear and clothes as a kid. I hated the little bows, flowers or appliques on panties and bras. I remember particularly hating a tennis-racquet applique on a training bra. How ironic that I like things like this now!

And go figure, the rosette fell apart on me!

So I stitched right through the middle, squashing it down. Its a little flatter than before but still looks cute and makes it easy to tell the front and back apart!

Next, lets add lace to the hemline! I wanted to hem my slip first so the raw edge was hidden. I pressed up the 1/2 (1.2mm) hem allowance, and then turned in the raw edge forming a 1/4 (6mm) unstitched hemline.

Then, I pinned the lace on top of this folded edge:

I stitched the lace on with a zigzag stitch, overlapping the stitching when I got back to the start point.

Heres the finished slip. Rayon lining is super sheer! I cant model this one for you guys, its too revealing.

If youre curvy on the bottom, you may want more than 3 of ease around the hips. Then again, I tried it on under my Crescent Skirt and its pretty comfortable!

It does restrict your movement a little, especially if you like the freedom of a full skirt.

Things I like about Slip Version 1:

Its soooo pretty! The more I look at it, the more I like it.

It feels incredibly lady-like to own a slip like this. It was fairly simple to make and Im envisioning a rainbow row of tights hanging in my wardrobe so glamorous! (Although then I would own more slips than actual skirts..)

The lace is super cute if it sticks out of the skirt when you walk, or twirl, orride a bike!

The ruffled-edge lace wont lie flat under slimmer skirts, and might catch and snag tights. Id look for flatter, equally pretty lace options. (Of course that all depends on whether you want it to be cute and pretty, or smooth and functional.)

Rosette is good to identify front and back! But may be lumpy. Alternatively, you could sew a small bow to the front. Or a flatter rosette or applique.

Elastic at waistline is a little too loose. Next time Ill pull it tighter than I think or measure this one and snug it in a little!

To give you an idea, my slip waistline measures 24 and my actual waist is 26 and its still quite loose! Its comfortable, so Ill wear it and see how it holds up during the day.

Id sew on the elastic to the waistline so the elastic is against the skin, not on the outside. I have a feeling the elastic would have been softer than the lining edges, now that its finished.

What do you think? Have you made a slip? What were some of the things you liked and didnt like about yours?

What would you have done differently, and what would you suggest for people who are making their first slip? Comments, opinions, suggestions are welcome!

Im Tasia St. Germaine, and Im the founder of Sewaholic Patterns. I began blogging as a creative outlet back in 2010, and started Sewaholic Patterns shortly after. I write about sewing projects, post tutorials and sewing tips, and share what its like behind the scenes of a growing sewing pattern company. I love cycling and commute to the studio by bike most days. When Im not sewing, I enjoy knitting and love making cosy sweaters for our rainy Vancouver weather.

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Love the worksheet! The math part always seems to be the most time consuming and stressful bit of doing this type of project. Im always terrified that I measured or calculated something wrong! Cant wait to see your other slips!

I have yet to make a slip, but between you and Gertie I think Im ready to take the plunge.but maybe in a light cotton? I just think maybe that would breathe better in summer. Plus, Im a natural fabric junkie.I feel like this would be a great way to convert an old or thrifted nightgown into an everyday undergarment. Maybe that is what I shall try.

Thank you very much for this tutorial which is something Ive been looking for. Your tutorials are always so detailed and helpful.

When Im making a slip, after a similar problem with too big elastic, I tend to measure the length I think is right for the elastic, and then tie it round my waist at that length and move about about wearing it for 10 min or so to see if it is too big or too small (ideally whilst wearing the skirt in question to check that it doesnt ride up above the skirts waistline). And definitely remember to steam it when you are done to make the elastic stretch back, I always forget that step!

Just a thought here- a recent Wall street Journal (!) item about slips suggested that 3 shorter than the skirt might be better so when you sit down or take long strides the slip doesnt peep out. Some may want their slip to peep out! As for me, I confess I stopped wearing slips a long time ago (too hot and fussy) and was so glad when pantyhose stopped being de rigeur as well. Makes it easier to dress.

Thanks for the demo. I am definitely a slip girl & always have been. My favorite is a style I can rarely find any more the slip shorts. I cant remember when I began to wear them but I would never go back to a conventional slip.

Basically its a slip but made with legs, thus the shorts. Ive bought them at Sears &Kohls. I prefer the shorter length (20).

Perhaps you could make a variation on the original slip to include a shorts option.

PS I hope the link works. Sorry if not. You can find one at .

The slip shorts you refer to in your reply are called pettipants . They were big in the 60s.

I have made a few slips and think that most skirts hang better with a slip and conceal the body outline. (that unsightly cling to upper thighs and/or crotch crawl) I have used every fabric known to man. A quality polyester works well, silk is amazing and batiste is a good choice. I like to bias cut slips. While this requires a little more fabric, the fit and drape is very good. One of my favorites was a pale peach batiste, bias cut, with scallop hem made on my machine. Simple and clean lines work very well for slimmer skirts and for summer. Now that slip has gone to its reward I think it is time to replace it. I follow the 4 inch rule with lingerie elastic, measure waist, subtract 4 inches. Now remember all elastic is different so a test-wear is a good idea, but it usually works for me. An inexpensive dress up for simple slips can be accomplished by fussy-cutting some lace motifs from yardage and attaching in a tiny zig-zag. By adding the motif (s) at the front of the slip, perhaps near the hem, you amp up the pretty factor and spend little $. I could go on and on, but I hope you get the idea.

You can un-ruffle the lace if you want it to be flat, next time. 🙂 Just unstitch the top where it is gathered. If the top edge is unfinished, you can just put it behind the hem instead of on top. Thanks for the tutorial!

Very nice, I have always wondered about elastic waistbands. I made a skirt with a elastic band and it felt too full around my middle, pulling up too much fabric, looked like I gained 20 pounds! I must have done something wrong, anyway, love your pretty slip. I would love it in a cotton.

I dont think Ive worn a slip since I was a kid. But I do like the idea that its kind of like a removable lining. Seems like it would be so hot for summer, thoughor maybe rayon breathes better than the polyester slips I remember wearing back in the day.

Gina, frequently elastic waists are not at all flattering (i never wear them),. particularly if you have larger hips so there is more material bunching round the waist, (try tapering the shape towards the waist if you think that will be a problem). with really light lining fabric though this isnt such a problem, as the fabric squashes fairly flat even when gathered up.

If your slip material is stretchy (not Bemberg), you could finish the bottom with a folded band of the same material only at 95% of the length. (Kind of like Jalies method for finishing the neckline of a knit top only wider and a little looser.) This is a very smooth finish and just pulls the bottom edge in ever so slightly.

For a smooth finish with Bemberg, you could also try that trick Threads published a while ago to add rows of stitching into the hem allowance to add weight to the hem.

Rayon breathes. Its man-made, but from plant fiber. It is NOTHING like the polyester slips available in most department stores.

Cutting on the bias is a very good idea, Corinne!

Do you have plans to sew a full length slip?

Personally, I tried Gerties minus 3 inches for the length of the slip, but it still peeked out from under my skirt, so I cut off a little more. I think it might have something to do with the elastic, though, I might have cut it too big too.

I was wondering the same thing as Lipstick Jane. Can you make a pair of slip/shorts? I live where its really windy, and skirts tend to fly up at the worst moments. Shorts would probably solve that problem 🙂

I love your blog. Ive been reading for a couple months now, and I just cant get enough. Im in the process of losing weight, and I have a TON of sewing projects planned when I drop just one more size. I love that I can come back here and find all the helpful information I need when I need it!

I recently made a slip and used an old silk scarf. I had a lovely scarf that I just didnt wear, so I cut it up and made a slip. The slip is so soft and it is fun to wear it under skirts that cant be seen through. I used some of Gerties tutorial and also cut it to make the best of the design. I, too, made the waiste too big. I was so afraid if it being too tight that I made it too loose!

It is great fun to wear my new slip.

How about adding a side slit to slip 2? My favorite slip has one, and it solves the mobility problem! Otherwise, its very cute. Identifying the front doesnt seem like an issue there is no front, right? I never worry about it on my slips.

Lovely slip Tasia! I made a slip from Gerties tutorial in 100% rayon as well! I think Ive seen it called Bemberg lining on some sewing blogs, I guess only when it specifically has the Bemberg stamped on the selvedge. Can I ask, because I dont think I saw it mentioned how you prewashed your Bemberg? I handwash mine because Im not sure if I can machine wash it!

Also as a response to commenter Erin, I think a great slip/shorts pattern is the free tap pants from . I made that from this same rayon, and I love wearing it under fuller skirted dresses/skirts in summer! Perhaps, if anyone is looking for a slip alternative to try, they can check that free pattern?

So charming! Ive been loving the way the Crescent skirts have been looking, btw. Wouldnt flatter my body, but it looks stunning on other women 🙂

I made one last summer and it turned out okay. I made a tube for the elastic and then somehow twisted it as I was putting it in, so the waist is extra lumpy. I do still wear it, since its my only cream colored slip. Yours looks lovely, like usual!

Its adorable. I love slips. Not sure what it is, but wearing them make me feel extra feminine somehow. This one is lovely. I really like the details you added!

This was one of my first sewing projects. The instructions werent too clear, and so I gathered on 3 times the fabric width lace onto the bottom, instead of 1/3. Sure boinged out well :-).

But, ahem, a slip is a full-length garment reaching over the top half of your body. This is either a half slip, or a petticoat, your choice of terminology according to period or geography.

@Sarah: the bias cut also reduces the waistline bunch-up

By the way, the shorts-slip is a great idea and keeps coming back, fashion wise. History displayed them as bloomers, in the 60s they were called Petti-pants. In the early 90s they showed up again in a JC Penneys catalog. Easy to make from any loose pant pattern with an elastic waist.

Very cute slip, thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

One of the best tips I ever read online (I think it was probably on patternreview) is that when trying to measure elastic for your waist for anything from a slip to pj bottoms is to pull the elastic as tightly as possible over your largest lower measurement, whether that be hips, thighs or butt and then use that. This means that the garment will definitely fit over your biggest bits and will also fit your waist (presuming your waist is smaller).

@ Marie-Christine according to my geography (southern England) the garment Tasia has made is a slip or a petticoat, but definitely not a half-slip, because the word half-slip doesnt appear to exist in my lifetime or location 🙂 However, a full-slip does exist, which is the garment you refer to that covers the upper body as well, but that doesnt make the skirt slip a half-slip, just a slip. Now the word slip has started looking weird when I type it!

Having found your blog via Sunnis a fashionable stitch, Im really interested in having a go at your slip. Im about to make up a Ginger using a thinner material and it will need a slip!

However, the worksheet isnt showing up? Can you help please?

Hi Tasia, thanks so much for the tutorial. I dont think I would have had the nerve to make up the slip without your great instructions. I made a long slip to wear under maxis so I needed more walking room. I made an eight inch slit on the right side and outlined it with flat lace. I also did the elastic a little differently. I sewed it on the outside and then turned it over and sewed again with a zigzag stitch. Turned out smooth and soft. I used a bemberg rayon in dove grey and I think it is beautiful!

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20 Cute and Frugal DIY Clothes Youan Make for Your Kids

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20 Cute and Frugal DIY Clothes You Can Make for Your Kids

We recently covered some inexpensive ways toupdate a womans wardrobe. Now? Well, its time for the kids to get in on the fun! These projects cover the spectrum of sewing abilities from novice to expert and many of them even use clothing you already have sitting in your childs (or your) closet. So, before you head to the donation center, check out these tutorials. (See also:How to Save on Special Occasion Clothing for Kids)

When my daughter was born, I spent a mint on baby leggings. Makingyour own versionout of womens knee-high socks is super simple I wish I had found this website sooner!

This project would make use of mismatched vintage pillowcases, though many choose to just use fabric forthis tutorial. It works for a variety of ages, from baby to little kid.

If you want to take this dress a step farther, check out this adorablepillowcase romper. Requires a bit more sewing skill, but can still be completed in under an hour.

Those fashionable hand-stamped leggings are expensive. Making them at home withthese instructions costs only a fraction of the price.

For more fabric paint fun, try thisstenciled shirt. You can go as creative as your ability allows.

This next shirt uses pipe cleaners for a neatarrow stamped design. I wonder what other shapes you could bend!

I cant think of anything cuter than thisDIY cardigan onesiewith interchangeable bowties. The project takes some skill, but the tutorial is detailed and easy to follow.

If you need to dress your little guy up fast, slip him into thesequick suspenders. No craftiness necessary, just felt, clips, and a little hot glue.

For a special occasion or just dressing up, thisbasic tutufits the bill. You can also lengthen your pieces of tulle to make it a dress.

Try making these bright blueskinny jeansfor some fun in your kids wardrobe. You can use a pair you already own as a pattern.

I cant wait to try making these fun and colorfulundiesonce my daughter is fully potty trained. You use old T-shirts, making it a great way to use up something old to make something new.

Thesecolor dipped pantsare a smart use for all that second-hand clothing you might have laying around. I also love how theyre unisex.

The author of thisnightgown tutorialpromises it will come together in just 10 minutes. Just morph an adult t-shirt into a nightgown for a little girl.

And lets not forget the boys! You can quickly makeLittle Man Pajamasfrom a mens XXL shirt.

Were all getting ready for those endless summer days spent at the pool. Your kid will love thishooded shark towelto dry off and relax in.

TheseDIY shortallscould be dressed up or dressed down. Customize them with a splash of patterned fabric.

For some much-needed play pants try thesejersey shorts. They are made from old t-shirts and feature a cool bleached design.

Turn one of those old, neglected sun dresses into abubble romper. Perfect for summer.

Another great upcycle find! Use an old adult sweatshirt to make the legs of theseeasy sweatpants. Bonus points if you can find one with pockets like the hoodie in the tutorial!

Turn a plain old jean jacket into atribal denim vest! This website has a lot of other genius projects as well.

Have you put together any fun DIY outfits for kids lately? Please share in comments!

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