DIY Reusable Ice Pack and Cozy Cover

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DIY Ice Pack and Cozy Cover

DIY Ice Pack and Cozy Cover

DIY Reusable Ice Pack and Cozy Cover – A must have for any family is to have multiple ice packs in the freezer. Between my husband’s back, my feet and knees and Noelle’s random bumps and bruises, we use our ice packs rather frequently I’m afraid.

Recently I discovered just how easy it is to make reusable DIY ice packs to keep in the freezer – they only require a few inexpensive ingredients and some fun food coloring.

While I was thrilled with the little packs, I found I was always trying to find towels to wrap around them so the ice packs wouldn’t be so cold against our skin. I thought they really needed a little cozy to go over them to make them perfect so I grabbed some leftover fabric and in no time at all I had made a cute little cozy cover for the ice pack.

This is a quick and easy sewing project – something that can be made in 15-20 minutes or so.

DIY Ice Pack Recipe

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water
  • Food coloring (not necessary but it makes it easier to find & kids love the color – my daughter loves purple)
  • Freezer bag (heavy duty with double lock or zip lock if possible)


  1. Mix together 1 part hand sanitizer to 3 parts water, add food coloring and mix.
  2. Put the mixture in the freezer bag and place in the freezer. You may also want to double bag the first bag and seal the opening with tape as an extra security feature against leaks.

* There are many other DIY ice pack recipes out there too, just take a peek at Pinterest if you’d prefer another recipe.

Ice Pack Cozy Cover Pattern

  • Flannel fabric (it’s nice to have a cozy fabric when you’re putting something cold on your body)
  • Thread & pins
  • Fabric shearsDIY Ice Pack and Cozy Tutorial


  1. Wash and dry fabric. Iron and then cut to size.  I used a medium-sized heavy duty freezer bag that 7″ x 8.5″.
  2. Cut out a piece of fabric that is 10″ wide by 22″ long.
  3. Iron and pin down the fabric .5″ all the way around the material.  Stitch all the way around the fabric.
  4. Along the long side, fold over the material 9.5″ in, so that it’s almost folded in half but you should have about 2.5″ of fabric hanging over.  Now take that 2.5″ flap and fold it over so that it meets the top of the other end of the material (see 2nd row photos below).  Pin into place.  Sew from top of folded flap all the way around to the opposite side of the ice pack cozy (no need to sew the last short side).
  5. Trim any hanging threads and insert ice pack into cozy.

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8 Comments on DIY Reusable Ice Pack and Cozy Cover

  1. Jenny Palmer
    November 6, 2013 at 2:11 AM (8 years ago)

    This is a great idea but was wondering what does the hand sanitiser do?

    • Jamey
      November 6, 2013 at 8:03 AM (8 years ago)

      I believe that since the hand sanitizer has ethyl alcohol in it which prevents the water from freezing completely. You can also use drinking alcohol like vodka… bit of a waste though in my opinion 😉
      ~ Jamey

      • Anonymous
        March 20, 2019 at 4:41 PM (2 years ago)

        That’s exactly what the sanitizer does. Prevents the pack freezing solid and keeps it pliable.

  2. Laura
    May 11, 2014 at 2:41 AM (7 years ago)

    These work beautifully!

    I have made my own ice packs for many years using rubbing alcohol and water. While either mixture becomes a flexible, longer lasting, colder ice pack than water alone, your solution is more of a gel consistancy, which I really love!

    Great idea of adding a bit of food coloring! No more hearing, “honey, where’s the ice pack?”

    Also, your suggestion for using soft flannel fabric to sew a cover will be much more comfortable (and appealing) than the cover I made years ago out of 2 cheap wash cloths! Time to raid my fabric bins and fire up the sewing machine!

    Mainly, I use ice packs for my back while reclining, so was fearful of bursting the baggie. I used my seal-a-meal instead. Because I tend to make big messes with even the easiest of DIY projects, I now freeze the mixture before spooning it into and sealing in various sized seal-a-meal bags.

    Thanks for an updated ice pack recipe I will be using from now on!

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  3. Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 at 12:22 AM (5 years ago)

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  4. Grace Santilli
    November 2, 2016 at 3:02 AM (5 years ago)

    I love this recipe! It works so well. With my son on the football team we use ice packs quite often. Thank you for sharing your ideas I think this one is my favorite!

  5. Deangela
    March 2, 2018 at 10:14 AM (3 years ago)

    How long do we put it in the fridge

  6. Brittany
    January 14, 2019 at 12:42 AM (2 years ago)

    How long does it take to freeze…mine is still a complete liquid after several hours in the freezer…:(


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