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!

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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