Cool off with a DIY neck cooler!
It has been over 100 degrees the last few days around here (Kansas). My son’s girlfriend, Krystal, wanted to make fabric gel filled neck coolers to keep her and her fellow color guard nice and cool during band camp this week. We didn’t have to look far for inspiration and a tutorial — Little Birdie Secrets has it all figured out.
So Krystal is here sharing the fabric neck cooler she made with the help from a friend’s mom. She took pictures and put together a mini tutorial for us! Thanks, Krystal!
Fabric Neck Cooler Supplies
1 piece of cotton fabric 36″ X 4″
sewing machine, thread, scissors and 1 tsp. of polymer water absorbing crystals (found at Michael’s Arts & Crafts). Water absorbing crystals can also be found in the lawn and garden center of a home improvement store.
How To Make a Fabric Neck Cooler
Fold the 36″ X 4″ piece of fabric right sides together lengthwise.
Sew along long side leaving both ends open.
Turn tube right side out. Fold in half, mark the middle and then stitch across.
Place 1/4 teaspoon of polymer crystals in one side, then measure over 4″ and make another stitching line to keep the crystals secure.
Again add 1/4 teaspoon polymer crystals, measure over 4 inches and stitch. Reapeat on the other side. You will have four pockets.
Tuck in the ends on each side and stitch across. Finished!
To use, place the fabric neck cooler into a bowl of luke-warm water to soak for 10 minutes (warm water will absorb faster than cold). Remove it from the water and move the crystals around so they are evenly spaced in each pocket. Place it back into the bowl to soak for another 10-15 minutes, no longer. Squeeze out some of the extra water and store it in the refrigerator until ready to wear. It can also be cooled in a bowl of ice water just before wearing.
Krystal — she’s cool!