You basically feel akin to Mr. Freeze.
Last week our AC was out, so my wife devised a way to make a quilt-like blanket that holds ICE PACKS! It's the ultimate heavy blanket, but keeps you cold at the same time. The other benefit is that during winter, she could heat the packs and create a warm blanket too. Overall, we both win during opposing seasons.
Things you'll need:
Fabric, something warm and comfortable, we used cotton and an old flannel sheet.
Batting (think sheets of cotton balls, used for padding)
Ice packs (somewhere between 10 and 40)
Sewing method (Machines in this case)
Generic sewing pieces (scissors, thread, pins, buttons, iron, etc)
Not terribly difficult overall, but time consuming. However, with the ability to lay and be chilled during hot summer months? It's worth it!
Also, I managed to talk my wife into trying this in her Etsy shop. If you want to get your own click the link here.
Step 1: Making the Master Pattern
You'll need measurements of what you want to cover with the blanket, and you'll need measurements of the ice packs you've chosen. We had a set of fairly standard 4x10 ice packs, and I had an old flannel blanket that was big enough folded in half.
Overall, there was enough room for ~40 ice packs; so, 40 pockets across a blanket that would end up being about the size of a twin bed.
Step 2: Gather Supplies
A large table or flat, smooth surface will help with cutting. Trust me, it takes a while to cut all the pockets by hand. Grab some decent music and a large pitcher of something to drink.
You Will Need:
Fabric (Flannel 4-6 Yards is AWESOME for lumber jacks)
Step 3: Cutting the Fabric
You'll also need the main part of the blanket. You'll need two very large pieces for the "blanket" portion to sandwich some protective batting in between. It will insulate a little against the cold from the ice packs, but a little insulation is better than a little frost bite or hypothermia. Crazy and cold natured, not entirely stupid.
This will need 40 pieces for the pockets and seven top flaps for the first row.
You'll likely need to take a break every now and then. I'm used to cutting and my hands got sore after a while. If you can cut multiple layers at a time it will go a lot faster.
Step 4: Sewing Smaller Pieces
Iron the flaps down first. Both the free-floating flaps and the flaps at the bottom of the pockets. The easiest thing to do is fold the full pocket in half, then fold one half in half again. This will double half the pocket over on itself and create a nice little flap. For the just-flap ones, fold them in half and you'll be fine.
Ironing between each step before sewing will make it a whole lot easier. You'll have fold lines, and the fabric will be more likely to stay after being pressed.
Dara sewed the outside lining, then inverted it and sewed the same line so that it lays flatter. I'm sure there are some technical terms for what she did, but that's about the only way I can describe it. Key thing? Flaps. Adding finishing stitches helps keep it together and makes it a lot smoother.
Step 5: Flannel Sandwich
Sandwich everything, then take some fairly large pins to hold it together while you're sewing it together.
Not an overly difficult step, but it might help to have a second set of hands.
Step 6: Make Button Holes
This is a step best done before you attach them to the blanket.
Step 7: Sew the Pockets onto the Back/Top of the Sheet
By the end, it will almost look like one of those wall hanger pocket holders for such things as fishing equipment.
Step 8: Add Binding Around Outside
Let's all face it. Guys are basically big dogs. We like the cold and lounging around being comfortable. This is the perfect project to show this aspect.