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Neck Coolers

When the outside temperature rises, one of the very best quick cooling spots on your body are the pulse points located on your neck. Because the blood vessels are located very close to the surface of the skin, you can lower your body temperature by placing a neck cooler around your neck. 

MOST Ministries is now providing neck coolers to our team members who are serving on teams in hot climates.

Neck coolers are comfortable to wear, hold their chill for hours, and are fast and inexpensive to make.

If you would like to make Neck Coolers for the mission field, please see the following directions.
  • 1 Yard of 100% Cotton Fabric at Least 45" Wide (Prewash fabric to remove sizing)
  • 2 Tsp Water Polymer Crystals per Cooler (See additional information at end for purchasing information)
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine or Serger
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Iron
  • Small Funnel
Step 1: Create Fabric Tube
  • Cut fabric into a strip 4 1/2 inches wide by 45 inches long.
  • Fold right sides together along the long edge and pin.
  • Sew along the edge to create a long tube.
Step 2: Turn and Press
  • Turn the tube right side out.
  • Press the length of the tube with the newly created seam in the middle, not at the fold.
Step 3: Stitch Across Tube
  • Find the center of the tube and stitch across the center.
  • Make sure to lock your stitches each time by backstitching a few stitches so that the crystals won't shift.
Step 4: Add Crystals
  • Using a funnel fill both halves of the tube with 1/2 teaspoon of crystals.
  • Shake them down until they reach the center seam. Do not be tempted to use more. The crystals hold a tremendous amount of water and will swell many times their dry size.
  • Measure 4 1/2 inches to each side of your center mark and stitch across the tube at these marks.
  • Repeat the addition of 1/2 teaspoons of crystals to both sides.
  • Measure 4 1/2 inches from your last stitch lines and sew across to form a second pocket on each side.
  • You should now have four pockets filled with 1/2 teaspoons of crystals.
Step 5: Finish Ends
  • Cut your ends at an angle and fold the edges inward to create a hem.
  • Iron flat and sew across this hem to finish your cooler.
  • You can purchase Water Polymer Crystals on Amazon by clicking here or at your local craft store, home improvement store or gardening center.
  • Crystals are non-toxic, bio-degradable, and environmentally safe. However, they should be kept out of the reach of small children because, if swallowed, they can present a choking hazard.
MOST Ministries
655 Phoenix Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Questions? Contact Anna Valaskova by email or by calling 734.994.7909.

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