Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Homemade Ice Pack and It's Cover!

What do you do when you need an ice pack and you don't have one? You make one, or that's what I did!  Here's how ...

I took a one gallon freezer bag and put 1 cup of rubbing alcohol in it along with 2 cups of water.  I pushed as much of the air out as I could, sealed it and put it inside another gallon zip lock bag.  

(The alcohol will keep the ice pack from freezing hard, it will be 'slushy' and therefore pliable to the area where you're using it.)

(Also, this is a good use for those ziplock bags you are washing and re-purposing!)

Next, I needed a cover for it so I took one of the hand towels I made in this post, attached velcro on the inside top flap and on the outside top of the fold, folded it up as shown in the picture below and stitched both sides.  

(You can see the strip of velcro on the flap part at the top if you look closely, there's another strip of velcro on the outside top of the fold.)

Once the ice pack has been frozen (remember, it will be slushy), the ice pack slides into the cover and the flap is pulled down envelope style and fastens where the velcro meets. 

When through with the ice pack, remove it from the cover and return to the freezer until ready for the next use.

You can make the cover from whatever fabric you want, although I don't think something slippery would work to well.  I used the 'homemade' hand towel because that's what I had on hand and it works beautifully!

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  1. Great idea, it's going in my need to make folder. All of the ice packs we have are the freeze solid type that we use in coolers for food.

    Hugs, Sandy

  2. I sometimes wrap a bag of frozen peas in a towel to use as an ice pack, but this would be much nicer. I'm looking for gift ideas (for Annabel's Christmas Challenge) and this might be a practical one to add to the list.

    1. Hmmmm, I hadn't thought about making and giving them as gifts. You could stitch up the towel cover, include the gallon baggies and the recipe/instructions for use. Good idea! Don't you just love Annabel's Christmas Challenge ... I'm working on this month's gift too, not the ice pack and cover option, but something else.

  3. These are great Patsy, I used to make them when my boys were playing footy and basketball, but when our daughter was playing hockey they were a Godsend for the bumps and bruises she came home with each week. There was a shelf in our small freezer just for the ice packs, we had a good supply. I wasn't as nice as you though, I'd just wrap them in a tea towel or hand towel :)

    1. Cath, I was doing that too, but the ice pack kept falling out of the towel!

  4. That's a great idea! I had the same homemade ice pack for quite a while, but I never had a cover. I always wrapped it in a towel. Yes, it did slip out a lot. I was icing several times a day during that time of my life, but thankfully no one has needed it for a long time. If they do, now I know what I will do.

  5. Just a thought for those thinking of making these as a gift could make the ice pack using a foodsaver instead of the ziplock baggies. Although I like the idea of reusing baggies, I think I like the idea of a permanent seal better for gift giving. Less chance of the seal opening up by accident. That is less of a concern if it's just for home use, though.

  6. I love this! Thank you for sharing. I'm going to have to make a few of these.

  7. Very clever indeed Patsy! You are an inspiration as always! Mimi xxx


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