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Many years ago I took my small children to an Amusement Park.  It was HOT!  At one of the little kiosks, they has a strip of cloth at they claimed once it had been soaked in water would do a great job of keeping one cool.  I bought one and stuck it in a paper cup full of cold water.  At the end of about 30 minutes the cloth tube was swollen full and squishy.  I put it around my neck and went “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh”.  Over the years I have made many of these as gifts.  People love them.  It takes very little time to charge the crystals, but it takes over a week to completely dry out. They can be reused, again, and again and again.   I usually carry a dry one in my purse or pocket.   You never know when one might come in handy.  So here is: “How to Make; a Water Charged Neck Cooler”.
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Step 1:

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A 4” x 36(+)” of 100% cotton fabric (you choose the color/design)
2 tsp. 100% polyacrylamide crystals or sodium polyacrylate,(found in Home supply stores, may be known as  “Soil Moist” or “Water Storing Crystals”)
+/-$7 per 12 oz.)
Tablespoon measure
Sewing machine (not shown)
Serger (not shown, optional)
Thread (not shown)
Straight pins (not shown)
Ruler (not shown)

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If you haven’t already, cut your material into 4” x 36” (or longer) strip.  You want to use 100% cotton because it absorbs water easily.
I am going to explain how to make it using a serger, but the directions for a sewing machine will be in parenthesis.

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Fold the fabric strip in half, length wise, right side out. Using a narrow hem stitch of the serger, surge the length of the strip of fabric. (Fold the fabric in half, lengthwise, right side in.  Sew a ¼ inch seam the length of the fabric.  Turn the tube right side out.)

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Using the sewing machine, sew a seam down the middle of the tube, dividing it in two.
blueangelical5 months ago
Thanks for answering ;-)
blueangelical6 months ago
Two questions please. The first why the stitch in the middle making two halves and the second, when you first charge the gel does yours feel a little "slimmy" to the touch?!?
craftknowitall (author)  blueangelical6 months ago

The stitching down the center to evenly distribute the gel pellets. No, no slimy feel there, just just feel wet fabric. Thanks for asking.

Judith7562 years ago
Have been wondering what to use inside those I know. Thanks so much. In Louisiana we need all the ways you can find to cool down.
That is crazy awesome! Thanks for sharing this.
sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks so much for sharing this! I will try and make one. I might have trouble finding the polyacrylamide crystals, so did I understand correctly that you can use the filling in disposable diapers? Thanks again!
craftknowitall (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Go to your local plant nursery, and look for water holding crystals. I saw some just yesterday at Home Depot. The stuff that swells up to hold the fluid added to a disposable diaper is the same stuff only in powder form and yes, you can use that for the neck cooler. Thnaks for commenting.
We are headed to Home Depot thanks! Have a splendorous day!
Wyattr551232 years ago
Try cutting open a clean diaper and use the stuff inside
craftknowitall (author)  Wyattr551232 years ago
It's the exact same stuff only in powder form, so it would really work. Thanks for commenting.
l8nite2 years ago
Awesome idea ! I usually use a wet bandanna but this would stay wet way longer. Now if only my seamstress wasnt so busy opening her store !
Oo those are handy. Clever stuff. Good for sore muscles too. And just like what the astronauts have in their suits. Kind of. ;)

I bet my kitty would even like this. :)
rrkrose2 years ago
My family went on a disney tour about 3 years ago and they gave these to everybody. The feel so nice and we still use them today!
craftknowitall (author)  rrkrose2 years ago
I am looking up correct colors for my son in Afganistan. I think a package of these would be well recieved. Thanks for commenting.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
This would be a great addition to the Picnic Challenge!
craftknowitall (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
I have already entered it in 3 contests/challenges. If someone rejects me before Sunday at Midnight I will add it to the picnic challenge.