Monthly Archives: June 2016

Christine wearing cooling scarf

How to make a cooling scarf

The heat is dreadful in Georgia this summer. I can’t stand it. And I don’t wish to wear a goofy looking scarf or pay a fortune for a slightly less goofy one. So I made  one myself. As requested, here’s how you can make one too:

Christine wearing cooling scarf

Christine wearing cooling scarf

You need a rectangular piece of fabric. I used one left over from another project. It should be at least 42 by 12 inches. That will make a pocket large enough to accommodate a grocery or drugstore cooling pack. The hard ones stay cold longer. The soft ones, like shown below are slightly more comfortable.

Rectangular piece of fabric, folded in half lengthwise

Rectangular piece of fabric, folded in half lengthwise

Cut the fabric into a long rectangle 42 inches or more long, and 12 inches wide. Fold in half. Cut ends at an angle. I used a 45 degree angle.

Rectangular fabric, ready to cut ends

Rectangular fabric, ready to cut ends

 

Sew one side to form a tube, using a half inch seam allowance. Stitch one end closed. Grade the seams or you’ll have a lump instead of  point. Turn your tube right side out and press.

Closed end of cooling scarf before turning right side out

Closed end of cooling scarf before turning right side out

Hem the other side so that it is open, stitch and press. Grade the ends as necessary. I folded in the hem once, not twice to avoid bulk. If you want to machine wash, fold twice.

Open end of cooling scarf

Open end of cooling scarf

Sew a line of stitching across your scarf to form a pocket. This should be just towards the end that is closed, off center. Stitch across it again so the pocket is strong. I used a water soluble marker to draw a straight line.

Marking the placement of the sewing line to form a pocket

Marking the placement of the sewing line to form a pocket

Hand wash your scarf to remove the marker line. Your scarf is finished.

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