Who likes them? Wonderful for sports (both participants and spectators), horseback riding, fieldwork/gardening, laborers such as roofers or construction workers, parking meter attendants, any outdoor activity!
Makes a great gift for anyone whose job or recreation puts them in a warm environment.
Servicemen and women stationed in hot areas really appreciate these. As much as some of them might like bright coolers like the one below, regulations state they must be green camo, desert camo, tan, or military green so keep this in mind if making some to send in care packages.
Also great for dogs (supervised only, please).
This brightly colored neck cooler is available to purchase through Etsy.
Step 1: Gather all materials
100% cotton fabric (prewash all fabric so that colors will not bleed when cooler is wet)
Water absorbing polymer crystals (see suppliers below*)
Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
sewing machine or hand-sewing needle
*The most common brand of crystals is Watersorb. You can visit their website here: Watersorb. You can also sometimes find them at gardening centers as these are the type of crystals you add to containers to help them retain moisture.
Safety tip: Crystals are nontoxic but if eaten dry, they will expand. If a small dog or child eats a bellyful of dry crystals, it could cause problems. Please keep loose crystals away from pets and kids.
Step 2: Create fabric tube
Fold right sides together along a long edge and pin. Sew along the edge to create a long tube.