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
- 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)
- Mix together 1 part hand sanitizer to 3 parts water, add food coloring and mix.
- 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 shears
- Wash and dry fabric. Iron and then cut to size. I used a medium-sized heavy duty freezer bag that 7″ x 8.5″.
- Cut out a piece of fabric that is 10″ wide by 22″ long.
- Iron and pin down the fabric .5″ all the way around the material. Stitch all the way around the fabric.
- 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).
- Trim any hanging threads and insert ice pack into cozy.
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Quick and easy iPhone case.
Crochet iPhone Case – Lately I’ve been feeling a burning desire to start crocheting again (I think it was around Christmas the last time I picked up a hook). At this time of year, it’s not like we need scarves, cowls or beanies so I wasn’t sure what I should make but then I saw some really cute iPhone cases on Pinterest and thought that would be a great project to get me back in the crocheting game again. I looked at a few patterns and in the end, just sort of came up with my own design. It’s ridiculously easy and quick – it took me about an hour and I’m a pretty slow crocheter. Even beginners can handle this fun project.
- Size 5 bulky weight yarn in 1 or 2 colors – approx. 35 yards – (I used Bernat Roving)
- Crochet hook 1 size smaller than recommended on yarn packaging (I used 5.5mm or US 9)
- Button of your choice
- Darning needle
- Sewing needle
- Your phone (to make sure the fit is what you want)
This case will have a more structured feel and appearance if you keep the tension on this firm and tight and consistent throughout the project.
- sl st = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- ch = chain
Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.
Keep in mind I’m a novice pattern maker so I hope this all makes sense.
iPhone Case Pattern Instructions:
- Make a slip knot and then chain 6 to 8 chain stitches (ch) together. Remember to keep the tension pretty tight. Basically you want to have the chain be the same width of your phone when the chain is stretched firmly. If you want the case to have a snug fit, (ch) 6 but if you want it a little more loose and roomy then (ch) 7 or 8 stitches.
- Round 2. Not turning your work, (sc) in the second chain from the end (the same end your hook is) and continue this in every stitch back across the entire row. 2 (sc) in the last stitch.
- Round 3. With your work still facing you, turn around the corner so that you’re now working into your original chain and still working right to left, 2 (sc) in the first stitch then (sc) the rest of the stitches in the row except 2(sc) in the last stitch. Repeat this for as many rows you need until you have achieved the correct width to fit the bottom of your phone (probably about 3-5 rows total depending on how snug or roomy you want your cover). Keep your phone handy to test and make sure the fit is good.
- Round 4, 5 or 6 onward. 1 (sc) in each stitch for each row until you’re near the top of your phone.
- Second last row. Here you can either keep your yarn color the same or add your second color. Starting at one side of the case, do one more row of (sc) and then at the end of that row change to 1 (sl st) in each stitch. When you reach the exact middle of your case, (ch) 30 stitches so that you have a long chain and then do 1 (sl st) in the stitch that your chain originated in so that the chain becomes a loop that will go over the button. Then carry on around the rest of the row until you’re back where you started. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends with your darning needle.
- Put your phone in the case and pull the chained loop over. Mark where the end of your loop falls, centered on the case, and then stitch your button on in that exact spot.
You could use this pattern for any phone or tablet, just increase a number of stitches at the beginning to accommodate for the extra width. These would make great gifts too.