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"Cool Clothing" and Ice Forehead/Neck Wrap - Removeable Ice Pouches for Relief of Heat Sensitivity/Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms/Hot Flashes Etc.

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There was a point when I felt HOT all of the time during a serious illness.  I searched for functional "cool clothing" that would allow me to get relief, with no success. A friend and I created pouches from scrap material to sew into tighter fitting tops that could be worn under a larger shirt. When home, no need to wear the outer shirt.  Once the pouches are sewn in, an insertable ice "patch" aka cryopak can be used with no leakage. What relief!

The forehead and neck wrap uses a piece of elastic to keep it in place (I have since seen one similar to this in pharmacies, but they can be expensive for as simple as they are to make). I didn't include instructions for this since I have seen it in the pharmacy--but the picture should be enough. These were meant to be functional, not fashionable, but you could certainly combine great material and functionality for both!!

Sewing with a sewing machine makes them durable. To begin, hand stitch and/or use velcro until you find the EXACT placement that gives YOU relief. I'm sure you'll find relief like I did...best of luck!
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed

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1) Excercise/tank top(s) (close fitting tops/clothing).

2) Cryopak brand flexible ice blanket - available at K-mart, Target or online from Amazon etc. This is like strong, square bubble wrap with each bubble filled with water. You can cut it to size and it's bendable. (I've tried just about every other way to keep myself cool, like ice in baggies, etc. and found that it was worth it to purchase this great product. It is not expensive, either.

3) Scrap material for the pouch (cotton that's a bit stretchy works best; you could even use an old sock to create a "ready made pouch" if you have difficulty using scissors or sewing. It's also a great way to recycle :)...get creative!

4) Needle and thread 

5) Velcro strips (sticky back) for attaching/removing the pouch; when you determine the size of pouch(es) you need and best placement, a sewing machine works best to secure the pouch by "tacking" or sewing the velcro in place. Fabric adhesive may also be used.

6) Scissors

7) Ruler (I like to "eyeball" and don't tend to use a ruler)

8) Pen or other marker
jennylc3 years ago
As someone who uses ice packs all the time for chronic pain, i love this idea! I think some brighter photos would help illustrate the project.

Thank you for posting this.
YouAreTheCure (author)  jennylc3 years ago
Hi jnnylc,
You're welcome. Thank you for leaving your comment, it makes the entire project worthwhile!

Yes, I totally agree, the lighting and pics are not bright enough--this is even with flash on. I'm definitely not a photographer and this is my first project of this sort. I also won't use grey materials in the future on a grey day. :)

I hope you are able to get enough out of this that you can create something to help you.