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"Cool" Neck Band Pattern

  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric: 4" strip wide and 45" long (You can adjust the length to your personal preferences)
  • Matching or contrasting thread
  • One Tbsp. of polymer granules.
    Do not use more than 2 Tbsp. or the band may ooze out a gel-like substance.

You can find at any home or garden store. Polymer granules are used in soil for moisture retention. One brand name to look for is "Soil Moist."


  1. Cut one strip of fabric 4" wide from a fabric that is at least 45" wide. If you want to have a bow to tie use a 60" wide fabric.
  2. Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise (the piece should be 4" by 22 1/2"). Mark the fold. This is the center back of the neck band. Open up the fabric and measure and mark 7" on each side of the center back.

    Fold the fabric right sides together the width of the strip (the piece should now be 2" by 45".) Using a 5/8" seam, stitch between the marks. (There should be 14" stitched--7" on either side of center back.)

  3. The tail ends may be rounded or slanted to give a more finished look. Finish the edges and ends of the rest of the band by turning and stitching. Press.

  4. Turn tube right side out and press. At one end of the tube, stitch to close, then double stitch for strength. At this point you should have one end of the tube open.

  5. Carefully pour the polymer granules into the tube (about two tablespoons). Stitch the tube closed. Reinforce with another row of stitching.

  6. To use the cool neck band, soak in cold water for a few seconds. As the polymer granules soak up the water "mush" them around so the jelly spreads out equally along the tube. Tie around your neck for a "Cool Band."

Wet band before use, soaking for 5-15 minutes. For more cooling place in refrigerator or freezer first.

[Thanks to:  Joy Polk, Benton/Franklin Clothing and Textile Advisor, and Kay Hendrickson, Area Extension Agent, Washington State University Cooperative Extension.]

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