You can make these cool tie-on neck coolers to help keep you cool while mowing, boating, visiting an amusement park, hiking or whatever you can think of. They're easy to make and great for gifts, too.
Absorbent Polymer Crystals (I got them through Watersorb)
Cotton Fabric (45 inch width- one yard makes about 8 neck coolers)
Fabric marking pencil
Iron and ironing board
1. Pre-wash fabric.
2. Cut fabric into 45 x 5 inch strips.
3. Fold the strips in half length-wise with the patterned side out to form a 45 x 2.5 inch strip and press with hot iron.
4. Stitch down the length of the strip 1/4 inch from the open edge back stitching at both ends to make a tube.
5. Stitch one end of the tube closed (I stitched mine at a 45 degree angle for looks).
6. Using an unsharpened pencil, knitting needle or chopstick, turn the tube right-side-out.
7. Fold the tube in half and mark the half-way point. Measure and mark points 4 inches and 8 inches on both sides of the half-way point to make 5 even marks down the length of the tube.
8. At the mark closest to the closed end of the tube, stitch across the width of the tube.
9. Pour in 1/4 tsp. of the absorbent polymer crystals making sure they all fall down to the line you've just stitched across.
10. Stitch across the width of the tube at the next mark.
11. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you have stitched across the tube at each of the 5 marks. There will now be 4 closed pockets in the center of the tube each filled with absorbent polymer crystals.
12. Fold in the open end of the tube and stitch it closed (again, I stitched mine at a 45 degree angle).
13. Trim the thread ends and you are finished.
To use your neck cooler:
Soak in cool water for 5 to 15 minutes. Pat dry with a towel. Tie around your neck or forehead and you will stay cool for hours. Rinse with cold water before drying. Hang to dry (it will take a couple of days to dry out). Rehydrate by soaking in water again.
We gave ours away for Mother's Day with little wrappers around them.