It’s officially summer. I am not a huge fan of it. I am not built for the heat and humidity we get here in Missouri. We have had a somewhat mild May and June so far, until the last week or so. We’ve started getting 90 degree days with heat indexes up near 100. Yuck. My mom had me make her a bunch of these Icy Cold Neck Wraps for her work, since they can’t have fans. I thought that I’d do it for the blog too! If you have a sewing machine and can sew a somewhat straight line, you should be good to go. You will need some polymer crystals for the inside of the cooler, but they are fairly easy to find. Just google “water absorbing crystals” to find them online. You can also find them in home improvement stores or craft stores. They’re usually sold for plants. I got mine at Micheal’s in the floral section. Let’s get to crafting!
Supplies You’ll Need:
- Fabric cut to at least 35 inches long (mine are closer to 43) x 4 inches wide
- Sewing machine, thread, etc
- safety pin for turning
- water absorbing polymer crystals. I only use 1/2 tablespoon per wrap (may vary depending on the brand of crystals you use. I’d recommend putting a few in water and seeing how big your specific crystals get)
- Iron and a surface to iron on
How to Make Them:
- Cut your fabric to 4 inches wide by between 35-45 inches long
- Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing together
- Pin in place and sew with about 1/4 inch seam up the side (the long side). Be sure to back stitch over where you begin and end
- remove pins. Use a safety pin and put the pin through the top of the fabric tube, the bulk of the pin on the outside. Put the large end/head of the pin into the top of the tube and shimmy it through the tube, turning as you go. This is how I turn tubes of fabric.
- flatten your tube out with the seam in the middle. Iron it flat, keeping the seam in the middle
- Fold your tube in half to get the “midpoint”. Sew a line all the way across at this point.
- take 1/4 tablespoons of crystals and place them in one open end of your tube. Push them all down to the center line that you sewed.
- Measure about 9 inches from the midpoint. Mark this and sew another line all the way across.
- Insert another 1/4 tablespoon of crystals in the opposite open end of your tube. Push them to the center line.
- Measure 9 inches from the center line, sew a line across.
- Now you should have two pockets of crystals and two “open ends” on your tube.
- Tuck your tube ends inside themselves and sew across. I do mine at an angle to look fancier.
- Repeat on the other side.
Put the finished Neck Wraps in a bowl of water. Let them sit for an hour or even two. If you have a dark fabric like I did, adding a little white vinegar to the water will keep the colors from running. They will plump up! Once they are plump, put them in the fridge in a dry, open ziploc bag. When you’re ready to use the wraps, take them out of the fridge. They can be tied around your neck or tied headband style. In May, the hubster and the in-laws went to the zoo while they were here visiting from out of town. We brought 4 of these and kept them in a small cooler bag and kept switching them out. As one warmed up, we’d exchange it for a cold one. It was so awesome!
You can also dunk them in some cold water to refresh them. If you need to wash them, you can do so by hand with a drop or two of detergent, washing them out well to get the soap out. Do not iron. If you leave them hang out for a few days, the wraps will dry and the crystals will return to their tiny, original state.
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