Want to make a cat toy that your kitty will go crazy for? Then make these felted balls!
Welcome back to DawnBlogtopus.com. I know it’s been a while, but with three kids the holiday season gets a little crazy. Anyway, I’m back! And as a special treat I am going to share how to make felted cat fetching balls. These little felted balls are so simple and easy to make, cheap, and your cat will love them. On to the tutorial!
Step 1 – Supplies
The most important thing that you are going to need for this project is felting wool. If you want to start this project right away then you can get it at any craft store such as Michael’s or AC Moore. It is typically near the yarn section, and is usually sold as “needle felting wool” or “roving wool.” This is the more expensive option. If you can wait a month or so, then bookmark this tutorial and hop on the WISH app and pick yourself up some super cheap wool. I got the pack of 36 colors that you see below for $7 + $3 shipping. Totally worth it.
The other supplies that you need are:
- Hot water
- Cold water
- Dish soap
- Laundry bag and Dryer (optional)
Step 2 – Cut Up the Wool
After you’ve picked out what color or colors that you would like your kitty ball to be, then cut up the wool fibers into approximately 1″ chunks, and make a nice fluffy pile. You want your pile to be approximately three to four times as big as you want your finished ball to be.
Step 3 – Get Your Water
Prepare a bowl of hot water and a bowl of cold water. If you prefer to do this at the sink, just get a bowl of cold water and let your hot water run in the sink. If you do the running water method, make it hot but not so hot that it will scald your hands.
Step 4 – Dish Detergent
Next, make a little nest out of your wool fibers, wet it with hot water, and squeeze in some dish soap. Any kind, I used Dawn Pomegranate scent. Squeeze in approximately a teaspoon or so – it doesn’t have to be exact.
Step 5 – Forming the Ball
After you squeeze in the dish detergent loosely form a ball with the wool nest and dip it into your bowl of hot water or run it under the hot water. Form the wool into more of a ball shape, and then dip it into the cold water.
Roll the wool ball in your hands, using only a small amount of pressure.
Put it under the hot water again, keep rolling it.
Keep alternating with the hot and cold water. Each time you dip the ball into the cold water, add a little more pressure as you’re rolling.
After about 10 minutes of this, then you can put your faucet on medium-hot water, and roll the ball in your hands under the water to get out the rest of the soap residue.
Step 6 – Drying
After you have made as many felt balls as you would like, it’s time to dry them. You can just stick them somewhere safe and let them air-dry. This method takes about 24 hours, but is obviously fewer steps and doesn’t require you to use any gas or electricity.
If you’d like to use your felt balls immediately, then put them into a lingerie bag, and then stick them in the dryer. I have a damp-sensor on my dryer, and it took about 40 minutes for mine to dry in the dryer.
Step 7 – Watch Your Kitty Go Crazy!