Found my bag of moisture retaining crystals and had to make up a few batches of neck coolers. My recipe for a refreshing neck cooler?
- 4”x40” strip of calico cotton fabric
- 1 teaspoon of Soil Moist (or other plant moisture retaining crystals)
You’ll need scissors or a rotary cutter, measuring tool, iron and sewing machine or serger.
- Sew up the long edges of the fabric, right sides together, and turn rightside out. I have a handy little tool that helps me with this part.
- Iron your tube so the seem is centered on one side.
- Trim your edges in a 45 degree angle.
- Fold fabric in half and measure 6” from the center. Mark with a pin on one side where you need to sew the first topstitch and sew securely.
- Place 1 teaspoon of crystals in your tube (the longest part). Make sure the crystals all fall down close to your topstitching.
- Fold tube in half and mark the matching length from the center to finish the pocket and topstich to secure the crystals in the center of the necktie.
- Serge or hem edges.
Stay cool by placing these neckties in some water and allowing them to expand. Keep in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. Rehydrate as needed.
[pictured - collage of process with helper kitty Zoe]