This summer, I have been so into neck stuff for accessories–bandanas, neck ties and the like. I thought I was going to get into headbands but I need not look any younger so bandanas tied around the neck it became. And then what followed was cooling neck ties. This is the kind of thing my mom owns. And I scoffed at initially, my how the tides turn. It’s like imagining the return of twisty beads. I’m going to make it happen. But these have smaller ties and look more like a boy scout tie or an ascot that it amuses me. The cooling neck ties, made for both young and old around these parts.
The trouble is they are just so darn quick and easy to make that the level of satisfaction on this project is really high, so you ride the wave and hate to fall so you just keep making more. So far I’ve made five. I imagined making one for all my family but stopped. My sister would make fun of me and my brother would never wear it and my mom, well, she already has one. My dad doesn’t count. He’d wear, eat or say anything.
To make these satisfying suckers for an adult, I cut a 4″ band of fabric about 31″ long and fold in half. Leave a 9″ opening in the middle to make three 3″ pockets for the water absorbing crystals. (Thanks for helping me find them!)
After you sew up the ends, turn it rightside out and sew up the three pockets. The pockets help it fold around your neck nicer. They soak up crazy amounts of water and can dry out again. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of crystals to each pocket, see photo below for visual representation, and sew up the opening.
This is how big one single crystal gets when soaked for a couple hours.
Crazy right? Soak your neck tie for a couple hours and enjoy! I have used them in the Savannah heat and we like it and helps us and since we love neck accessories we love how we look. Take that.
Edit to add: Here is a sewing diagram to detail how to sew up the neck coolers. Hope this helps!