DIY – Ice Pack Cover tutorial

We all know that kids fall down and get hurt.  It is our defining moment as mothers when we come racing in to save the day.  We kiss the boo-boos to make them better, rub the ouchies when they hurt, we blow on the scrapes so they stop burning, and we ice the bumps so they go away.  Personally, I have always hated it when your homemade icepack begins to melt, and it gets you all wet.  So a few years ago, I made a few icepack covers that I keep in the kitchen.  Between you and me, my husband is always coming home with sports injuries.  He doesn’t realize he’s getting older 🙂  So they come in handy when he needs to ice his bumps and bruises.  I thought I would share these with all of you, because they are a fun way to dress up the healing process.

Before we get started, I was hoping that you all could share some of your favorite ways to nurse your children back to health.  I am always looking for creative ideas.  And I am sure that everyone else could use them too!

Icepack Cover Tutorial

Materials:

For a Large Square Ice Pack Cover

-2 (12″x12″) Pieces of Fabric (from your scrap pile)

-2 inexpensive wash clothes or 2 – (12″) squares of terry cloth with finished edges

-thread to match

-11″ piece of velcro

***Ice Pack fits a Gallon sized ziplock bag with ice


Small Rectangle Ice Pack Cover

-1 (12″x12″) Pieces of Fabric (from your scrap pile)

-1 inexpensive wash cloth or one 12″ square of terry cloth with finished edges

-Thread to match

-Approximately 3″ by 3/4″ scrap of hook and loop tape

***Fits a Quart sized ziplock type plastic bags

First we will begin by cutting out our fabric and terrycloth pieces into a 12 x 12″ squares.  You should have a total of two pieces each of fabric and terrycloth.  I have used some old bathroom towels in the name of upcycling.  Don’t be afraid to reuse and old towel, because it doesn’t have to look pretty.  It will be on the inside of our pouch, so no one will see it.

Separate the two sides of your velcro. Pin your pieces of to your terry cloth pieces about 3/4″ below the top edge. Each piece of terry cloth should have a piece of velcro attached to it.


Attach the velcro by using a zigzag stitch. Encase the entire piece of velcro and backstitch at both ends.

Place both pieces of your terrycloth on your work table velcro side up. Place your fabric pieces on top of the terrycloth pieces right sides together. Pin them together.

Attach the pieces together with a machine stitch using a 1/4″ seam. Leave a 3″ opening, so you can turn them right side out.

Turn each piece right side out and press flat with an iron.


Now take your two pieces and place them together, leaving the terry cloth sides facing outward. Make sure your velcro pieces match up, so that you’ll be able to close your pouch.

Machine stitch your two pieces together. Begin at the top of the right side of the pouch and stop at the top of the left side of the pouch. Make sure you leave the top edge open. Otherwise you won’t be able to open your pouch.


Turn your pouch right side out, so your print is facing outward. This is what your pouch should look like so far.


Almost finished! Now open your pouch and topstitch along the top edge of the pouch. This will secure the top edge in place. Backstitch at the beginning and the end.


This is what your finished project should look like.You are ready to cover your icepack and ice those boo boos!

Just fill a ziplock bag with ice and place it inside your icepack cover. Seal the velcro and ice all your pain away.

Happy Icing!

Enjoy!!!

DIY – Reusable Snack Bag

Last week I briefly discussed my search for ways to cut cost, because of the hardships we are all facing these days.  In an effort to cut back on my produce bill at the grocery store, I created my first Mommy Project of the year.  I started a vegetable garden of my own.  It is small scale, but it is underway.  If I manage to keep it alive this month, I might expand on it.  That project got me thinking about where are some of the other ways that I can scale back or change our level of consumption.  Let me tell you, there is a fairly long list.  And with being a new mom, I only have so much time on my hands.  So I opted to start with something small.

Today I put together some reusable snack bags.  I love these, because I hate wasting Ziplock bags.  I buy the giant 3pack of Ziplock bags at Costco and use them for everything.  But what bothers me most about them is that you use them once and then throw them away.  If you hate throwing them out as much as I do, these little snack bags are the perfect solution!  I made several different sizes for the various uses I have for them.  This is a great project, because it doesn’t take a lot of fabric to make these.  As a matter of fact, that little pile of scrap fabric you’ve been saving is perfect for this project.  So pick out some really cute printed fabric and let’s get to work.

Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

These reusable bags are extremely simple and easy to make, so cut out multiple pieces so you don’t have to go backwards.  They make great gifts too!  Pick out some fun prints and put together a few sets for your nieces and nephews or your grandchildren.  They’ll be a hit.  I can promise you that.  Our finished bags will measure 5 ½” x 6 ½”.  You can adjust the size of the bags to make them bigger or smaller by changing the measurements of the fabrics you start with.

Materials Needed:

For a Set of 3

¼ yard Printed Fabric for the Exterior

¼ yard Utility Fabric or Osnaburg Fabric for the Lining

½ yard Sew-On Velcro

Matching Thread

Tip: When choosing which fabric you would like to choose for your lining, here’s a way to decide.  The Utility Fabric is best for foods that might melt or be sticky.  The utility fabric is easily cleaned by wiping the inside of your snack bag.  The Osnaburg Fabric is best for foods that crumble like crackers.  I recommend making your sets of snack bags using both the utility and the osnaburg fabric. 

 

We’ll begin by cutting our fabrics and Velcro.  These instructions are for making a set of three bags.  So if you would like to make more, just adjust your measurements accordingly.  Cut three rectangular pieces of your exterior fabric measuring 7” x 12.   Then cut three rectangular pieces of your lining fabric measuring 7” x 12.”  Cut three 6” pieces of Velcro.

On each piece of lining fabric, pin your pieces of Velcro on each end, about 1/2″ in from the edge.

Machine stitch the Velcro to your fabric.  Stitch close to the edges on all four sides and backstitch at both ends.

Place your lining and exterior fabric right sides together.  Match up your raw edges and pin them in place.

Machine stitch around the edges of your fabric using a 1/4″ seam, and backstitch at both ends.  Leave a 3” opening on one side, so you can turn you bag right side out.

Time to turn your bag right side out.  Trim your corners at a 45 degree angle and the pull your bag right side out.  Press your bag with an iron.

Machine stitch along the top edge of each end of your bags, about ¼” from the edges.

Almost finished!  Fold your bag in half lining sides together.  Match up your top edges and Velcro.

Machine stitch the sides of your bags together.  Use a ¼” seam and backstitch at both ends.

Great news – You are finished!  Now open up your snack bags and fill them up with your yummy snacks.  I told you they were easy!

Enjoy!