Single use dryer sheets are filled with toxins that transfer to your clothes and your body. Reusable dryer sheets are simple to make, and much prettier too!
This jar of squares is a wonderful project for those new to sewing to practice straight lines. Really, who cares if your dryer sheets have sewn straight lines anyway?
Why Should You Switch to Reusable Dryer Sheets?
Store bought dryer sheets contain chemicals and fragrance that can be harsh on your skin. Dryer balls may help dry clothes quickly, but they don’t leave them feeling soft with a clean smell.
You can add an essential oil or two of your choice to reusable dryer sheets, and your clothes will come out of the dryer soft and fragrant again and again using all natural products.. This is a nice project if you are working toward a zero waste lifestyle or just want to save money.
As a side bonus, you get to choose the fabric prints. With so many fun fabrics available, reusable dryer sheets are sure to make laundry day a bit brighter. Plus, they only cost pennies!
Supplies for Reusable Dryer Sheets
You will need one yard of flannel total. I chose two coordinating fabrics to add interest (and fun).
Washcloths can be purchased in packs at a discounted price, or cut up a towel or terry cloth yardage.
You will also need basic sewing tools.
For the solution to soak the reusable dryer sheets in, you will need:
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Vinegar
- Essential Oil(s)
Vinegar works great for removing unwanted smells and making fabrics softer. It will not make your clothes smell like vinegar. Promise!
How to Make Reusable Dryer Sheets
Step 1 – Cut Terry Cloth
Cut the terry cloth into 5″ x 5″ squares.
Step 2 – Cut Flannel Fabric
Then cut the flannel fabric into 5″ x 5″ squares. Cut as many fabric squares as you have terry cloth squares.
Step 3 – Pin Squares Together
Pin one piece of fabric and one piece of terry cloth with wrong sides together.
Step 4 – Sew Squares
Sew all four sides together with 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 5 – Stitch Center
Sew a line down the center of each side or from corner to corner. This prevents the reusable dryer sheets from ‘ballooning’ in the dryer. Repeat until all pieces are sewn together.
Step 6 – Make Solution
Add water, vinegar and essential oil(s) to your container. Add the reusable dryer sheets to the jar. You may want to fold or roll them for aesthetics. Let the fabric soak up the liquid before using.
Use and Care
To use, lightly wring a reusable dryer sheet with your hands and place in the dryer with a load of laundry. When the cycle is complete, return the dryer sheet to the jar. Refill with water, vinegar and essential oils as needed.
Your laundry is sure to come out smelling fresh again and again!
Don’t forget to pin this project for later and check out more easy sewing projects for beginners listed below.
- Cut flannel fabric into 5" x 5" squares (as many dryer sheets as you are making).
- Cut same number of 5" x 5" terry cloth squares.
- Pin one flannel square and one terry cloth square with wrong sides together.
- Sew all sides with a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Sew from corner to corner to prevent dryer sheets from puffing up in the dryer.
- Repeat until all squares are sewn together.
- Combine water, vinegar, and essential oil(s) in glass jar.
- Add reusable dryer sheets to jar.
Place one dryer sheet in each load of laundry. Return to jar after cycle. Refill water, vinegar, and essential oils as needed.
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