I made three scarves for less than $7 using materials that I already had on hand, but even if you had to purchase all of the materials, it would still only cost about $15-$20 for enough to make three scarves (purchasing ready-made scarves for the project instead of the fabric to make your own will add about an additional $8 or more per scarf to the project). Supplies:
- Scissors (I also recommend using pinking shear for cutting fabric)
- Thread and sewing materials (for machine- or hand-sewing)
- Tailor's chalk, washable marker, or tempura paint and a fine brush for marking fabric
- Iron with low-temp settings
- Sewing machine safe fabric glue that will wash out, such as Aleene's No Sew Fabric Glue
For the scarf or band itself, you will need lightweight cloth that has the look you want to achieve. A commercial bandanna or light scarf of sheer fabric, or even a button-up shirt (ice pouch would attach to the collar, inside the shirt) can be used - skip Step 5: Preparing the Scarf if using a ready-made item. Two fabric options are:
- A square of cotton or other soft, lightweight fabric approximately 24"×24"
- Sheer material such as viscose rayon or organdy, the length of the bolt (usually either 45" or 60") by 12-18", depending on the width desired
- Ice sheet (also called ice blanket or ice wrap) with individuals ice square that are no larger than 2"×2" each, with the whole sheet about 10" wide. There should be enough space to cut between the squares of ice
- Insulated material, such as an old lunch bag or reusable shopping bag
- Skin-tone cotton fabric, about ¼ yd (it only needs to be skin-tone if the scarf fabric is pale or sheer enough to see through; otherwise, you can use any old scrap that you have lying around)
- Absorbent fabric, such as flannel, that is soft enough to be comfortable against the skin, about ½ yd for a single layer, or 1 yd for a double layer. We used a double-layer of an old baby blanket, which was enough to make all three ice pouches
- Skin-tone bias tape, extra-wide double-fold, a 3-yard pack
TIP: Choose materials that are as flexible as possible, otherwise the band can be too stiff to allow easy head movement.