… and, you know, anyone else who needs ice packs. SO. A dear friend had a slight shoulder dislocation this past week, and, being the Florence Nightengale that I am, I went to buy them an ice pack. Know how much they were? A reusable shoulder ice pack with a holder was – brace yourself (get it?? BRACE?! HA!) – $20. I’m sorry, are you KIDDING ME? Those of you who have ever seen me tear through CVS with my coupons and ECB’s know that I’m something of a frugal gal. So, what’s a cheapskate like me to do? Make my own durned ice pack!
I stocked up on dish detergent (on sale, of course), and set to work. You’ll need:
- 1-2 bottles of cheap dishwashing liquid (Dawn, Palmolive, whatever’s on sale); OR, substitute a mixture of 3 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol
- two one-gallon plastic freezer bags
- an old T shirt
- fabric glue or a sewing machine
- (optional) scrap fabric or rhinestones to bedazzle your creation
- (optional) elastic to allow it to stay without holding it
- Fold your bags in half, place them on your T shirt, and measure one additional inch on all sides. Mark your measurements with a sharpie, cut two (or cut 1 on the fold and eliminate step 2).
- Glue or sew one long side together – this is your center seam.
- Bedazzle or sew/glue on your decorative fabric (be mindful not to glue rhinestones on your seam allowance!)
- If using elastic, pin it to the top panel, matching one of the edges with the seam allowance. Baste or glue. (if this makes zero sense, just sew or glue it on when the ice pack is finished).
- Fold at the center seam, and sew up one short edge and the remaining long edge.
- Hem the remaining raw edge if you wish.
- Fill one plastic bag with the desired amout of goo. Squeeze out the air and seal it shut.
- Double the bag.
- Insert into the sleeve – VOILA! Stick it in your freezer. The detergent or alcohol mixture will get cold, but not freeze solid.
ENJOY! Love and pull-ups, Laura
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