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
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.