It can be a challenge to keep cool when the temperature hits the upper double digits and lower triple digits. Making a neck cooler wrap to wear when it's hot outside is one way to stay cool. Neck cooler wraps are also a good way to help cool down and soothe the body when you have a fever or muscle pain. Making your own neck cooler wrap is a simple craft project suitable for beginning sewers and also is a great holiday gift idea.
Things You'll Need
Cotton or cotton-blend fabric
Water-absorbing polymer beads or granules
Cut a length of fabric approximately 3 feet long and 6 inches wide for an adult size wrap. To make a kid's wrap, cut the fabric 2 1/2 feet long and 4 inches wide. Ideal fabrics to use for this project include 100 percent cotton with a tight weave, flannel and cotton-poly blends. The choice of color or pattern is up to you.
Fold the fabric lengthwise with the right sides of the fabric together so the the wrong side of the fabric is facing outward. Sew one end closed, then sew up the entire length of the fabric. This can be done with your sewing machine or by hand with a needle and thread -- just be sure to use small stitches.
Sew the open end of the tube halfway closed. Turn your tube right-side out.
Stitch a straight line across the tube approximately 6 inches up from the end that is entirely closed. This will keep the beads toward the center of the wrap and give you a measure of fabric at the end of the wrap that you can tie into a knot. Fill the tube with 2 to 3 tablespoons of polymer beads. Don't overfill as the beads will expand when filled with water.
Sew another straight line across the tube, this time 6 inches from the end you used to fill the tube. Be sure all your beads are below the line before you sew. Stitch the end of the wrap closed.
Soak the wrap in cold water until the beads have expanded. Wrap the neck cooler around your neck and tie the ends like a bandanna. You may also leave the ends untied, based on your preference.