How to Make Red Heart Yarn Soft

If you’ve ever worked with Red Heart yarn, then you know that its fibers can be quite stiff and unwieldy. This isn’t the kind of yarn you’d want to use for creating cozy winter hats or soft baby blankets – it’s simply too rough! But don’t let this discourage you from using this fiber in your projects: with a few simple techniques, it’s possible to soften up Red Heart enough to make superb items that will stay comforting through wear and washing.

How to Make Red Heart Yarn Soft

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to take an often-overlooked material and transform it into something beautifully wearable that your friends and family are sure to love. So keep reading if you’re ready to learn all about how to make red heart yarn soft!

Supplies You Will Need for Making Red Heart Yarn Soft:

Red Heart Yarn (or Any Other Synthetic Fibers):

The first and most obvious supply you’ll need for this project is Red Heart yarn. This yarn is made from synthetic fibers, which are man-made materials that don’t have the same natural softness as animal or plant fibers like cotton or wool.  But don’t worry – we’ll be using some techniques to soften up these fibers and make them just as cozy as their natural counterparts.

Fabric Softener:

Next, you’ll need some fabric softener. This is a common household product used in laundry to make clothes and linens softer and more comfortable on the skin. We’ll be using this same concept to soften our Red Heart yarn. You can use any brand or type of fabric softener, but we recommend a liquid version for easier application onto the yarn.

Large Bowl or Sink:

You’ll also need a large bowl or sink to soak your yarn in. This will allow the fabric softener to fully penetrate and soften the fibers. Make sure that it’s big enough to hold all of your yarn and still leave some room for movement.


Of course, you’ll need water to mix with the fabric softener and soak your yarn in. Make sure it’s warm water, as this will help open up the fibers and allow the fabric softener to penetrate more easily.


Lastly, you’ll need a towel to dry your yarn on. Make sure it’s clean and dry so that it doesn’t transfer any dirt or debris onto your newly softened yarn.

Step-by-Step Guidelines on How to Make Red Heart Yarn Soft:

Step 1: Fill the Bowl With Hot Water

Fill the bowl with enough hot water to cover the yarn you plan on softening. Aim for a temperature somewhere between 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot water will open up the fibers in the yarn, making it easier to manipulate. So for best results, make sure the water is hot enough! You can even use a thermometer to check the temperature.

You can also use a sink if you don’t have a large enough bowl. Just make sure it’s clean before you start. It’s also a good idea to plug the sink so that you don’t accidentally lose any yarn down the drain.

Step 2: Add White Vinegar

Pour some white vinegar into the mix, making sure to use half as much vinegar as there is water. For example, if you’ve added two cups of water, you’ll need to add one cup of vinegar. With the right amount of vinegar, the yarn will soften without taking on a vinegary smell. It will also help to remove any excess chemicals or dyes that may be present in the yarn.

The combination of vinegar and hot water will help to open up the yarn fibers, making it easier for the fabric softener to be absorbed. It also acts as a natural detergent, helping to remove any dirt or debris from the yarn.

Step 3: Soak the Yarn

Place the yarn in hot water and vinegar mixture, making sure that it is completely immersed. Allow the yarn to soak for at least 30 minutes (or longer if needed), occasionally stirring to expose all fibers to the liquid. Soaking the yarn in hot water helps to open the fibers, making them easier to manipulate. While soaking, you can also add a few drops of fabric softener to the mix for an extra boost of softness.

Soaking the Yarn in Hot Water

But be careful not to add too much fabric softener or leave the yarn in for too long, as this can cause the fibers to become oversaturated and lose their structure.

Step 4: Drain and Rinse the Yarn:

Once the yarn has finished soaking, drain the water out of the bowl and rinse it with cool water until all traces of vinegar have been removed. While draining and rinsing the yarn, you can also gently squeeze it to help open up the fibers. Rinsing the yarn with cool water helps close the fibers, trapping in some of the softness from the warm water.

You can also add a small amount of hair conditioner to the rinse water for an extra softening boost. Just make sure to rinse it out thoroughly afterward. It’s important to remove all traces of vinegar and fabric softener so that they don’t irritate the skin when wearing the finished product.

Step 5: Spray with Conditioner

Fill a small spray bottle with fabric softener and mist the yarn lightly until it is completely saturated. Allow the conditioner to sit for a few minutes before proceeding to the next step. This will help to lock in the softness. Consider the conditioner a protective layer that will help to preserve the yarn’s softness even after washing.

You can also use this spray method on your finished projects to keep them soft and cozy after each wash. It’s a great way to ensure that your hard work pays off in the long run.

Step 6: Roll the Yarn Between Your Hands

Take the yarn and roll it between your hands, applying gentle pressure. This helps to open up the fibers further and distribute the conditioner evenly. Continue rolling until the yarn feels consistently soft throughout. You can also gently stretch the yarn to help open up the fibers even more. It’s important to handle the yarn gently at this stage to avoid damaging the fibers.

You can also use this technique on any other synthetic fibers in your projects, not just Red Heart yarn! It’s a great way to make any type of synthetic yarn or fabric feel softer and more comfortable. Plus, it’s a quick and easy process that can be done at any time.

Step 7: Leave the Yarn to Dry

Lay out a towel or drying rack and gently lay the yarn out to dry. Avoid wringing or twisting the yarn as this can cause it to lose its softness. Allow the yarn to air dry completely before using it in your projects. Once dry, you can store the yarn as usual.

But don’t worry if your yarn doesn’t feel super soft while it’s still wet. The fibers will continue to soften as they dry, leaving you with a cozy and comfortable result. You can even repeat this process as needed to maintain the softness of your yarn over time.

Step 8: Apply Steam

If you’re not satisfied with the results from steps 1-7, you can try adding steam to further soften up your yarn. Simply hold a steamer or iron a few inches above the yarn and lightly steam it. This will help to open up the fibers even more, making them easier to manipulate.

However, be careful not to apply too much heat or pressure as this can damage the yarn and undo all of your hard work. It’s always best to err on the side of caution and use a lower setting or shorter time when working with delicate fibers like Red Heart yarn.

Step 9: Store in a Moisture-Free Environment

Once your yarn is dry, store it in a sealed container or bag to protect it from moisture. Keeping your yarn in a cool, dry place will help to maintain its softness and prevent it from becoming stiff again. Avoid storing it in damp or humid areas, as this can cause the fibers to absorb moisture and lose their softness.

You can also add a sachet of lavender or other scents to your storage container to give your yarn a pleasant aroma as well. It’s a simple and effective way to keep your yarn smelling fresh and feeling soft for your next project.

Step 10: Use a Fabric Softener Sheet

If you’re working with already finished items made out of Red Heart yarn, you can try using a fabric softener sheet to further soften them up. Simply place the item along with a few fabric softener sheets in the dryer on low heat for a few minutes. This will help to add some extra softness and make the item feel more comfortable against your skin.

And that’s it! With just a few easy steps, you can make Red Heart yarn soft and usable in all of your crafting projects. Give it a try today and see what amazing things you can create with this newly softened fiber!

Tips and Tricks to Make Red Heart Yarn Soft:

1. Soak the yarn in warm water and mild detergent for at least 10-15 minutes. Rinse it with cool water afterward to remove any soap residue.

2. Place the yarn in a container or bowl, and add a cup of white vinegar and enough warm water to cover the yarn completely. Soak the fabric for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it with cool water.

3. Fill a large bowl or sink with lukewarm water, add two tablespoons of baby shampoo, and soak the yarn for 15-30 minutes. Rinse the fabric under running cool water afterward to remove any traces of soap residue.

4. Place the yarn in a container or bowl and add enough lukewarm water to cover the yarn completely. Add a quarter cup of fabric softener and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with cold water afterward.

5. Create an air bath for the yarn: Hang the yarn in a cool, dry room for several hours or overnight. The moisture in the air will soften the yarn.

Hang the Yarn in a Warm

6. Place the yarn in a container or bowl, add enough lukewarm water to cover the fabric, and then add a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil or almond oil. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then rinse it with cool water afterward. This will give your yarn an added softness and scent.

7. Place the yarn on a flat surface, flatten it out with your hands, and spray it with a fabric refresher. This will help to soften the yarn, remove any wrinkles and give it a fresh smell.

8. Wrap the yarn around a soft cloth or sponge several times, put it in a plastic bag, and place it in the freezer for several hours. This will help to soften up the yarn and make it easier to work with.

9. Place the yarn onto a flat surface and iron it at low heat using a damp cloth between the iron and the fabric. Be careful not to overheat or burn the yarn, as this can damage it.

10. Give the yarn a quick rinse in cold water after it’s been knitted or crocheted – this will help to soften and fluff up the finished product.

Place the Yarn in a Container

Following these tips and tricks should help give your Red Heart yarn extra softness and texture, making it even easier to work with! Enjoy!

Things Need to Consider While Making Read Heart Yarn Soft:

1. Always use high-quality materials when making Red Heart yarn. Low-quality materials can make the yarn stiff and less soft to the touch.

2. Wash the yarn in warm water and a gentle detergent or soap before you start crocheting or knitting with it. This will help soften up the fibers and make them more pliable.

3. When crocheting or knitting with Red Heart yarn, use a larger hook or needle than the one recommended on the label to create a looser tension and make the finished product softer.

4. After you’ve finished your project, give it a good soak in warm water with fabric softener or vinegar to further soften the fibers.

5. If your item needs a bit of extra softness, try lightly steaming it with an iron or fabric steamer. Be careful not to steam it too much, as this can cause damage to the yarn’s fibers.

6. Finally, store your Red Heart projects in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to preserve the softness of the finished product.

With these considerations, you can make Red Heart yarn soft and cozy enough to turn any project into a luxurious experience. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Any Type of Fabric Softener to Soften My Red Heart Yarn?

Yes, any type of fabric softener or conditioner should work well on Red Heart Yarn. Just make sure you dilute it in water before adding the yarn, and use a gentle setting on your machine. For best results, try to find a fabric softener and conditioner specifically designed for yarns.

How Long Should I Soak My Red Heart Yarn?

Your Red Heart Yarn should be soaked for at least 30 minutes but no longer than an hour. For best results, it’s important not to over-soak the yarn, as this can cause the fibers to break down.

Can I Use Any Type of Water to Soak My Red Heart Yarn?

Yes, any water will do soaking your Red Heart Yarn. However, we recommend using warm/lukewarm water for the best results, as it will help the fibers relax and become softer.

Can I Use My Washing Machine to Soften Red Heart Yarn?

Yes, you can use your washing machine to soften Red Heart Yarn. Just ensure you turn off any spin cycles and set the temperature to a cold or gentle setting. You may also want to use a lingerie bag to avoid any tangling or clumping of the yarn.

Use a Lingerie Bag


All in all, making red heart yarn soft doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Being mindful of the climate and the environment goes a long way when caring for this kind of yarn. Regardless of whether you opt for cold water or lukewarm water, being aware of the machine’s settings and washing instructions will help you get the most out of your project. Treating those who prefer knitted or crocheted projects with conditioners will also ensure that your yarn looks bright with a soft and gentle feel.

Finally, while many people prefer to dry red heart yarn outdoors, it’s just as beneficial to leave it inside until just slightly damp so that you don’t end up damaging its overall appeal. We hope this article was informative and gave you valuable tips on how to make red heart yarn soft—happy crafting!

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Jennifer Branett

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