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While making a cover for your ice packs may have already occurred to many of you, it hadn't for me. After constantly trying to wrap towels around packs over and over all day and night for hubby's leg after knee surgery, it finally occurred to me to just sew a cover for each pack out of an old, worn, and very soft towel, well duh! These can be made in about five minutes and cost nothing really, it's all recycled items. They'd make great gifts, too.
Approximate Time: Less than 5 minutes per cover.
My craft project here was utilitarian only, using what I already had on hand. My towel was a very old, soft, well-worn one. If you're making these for a gift then I suggest using pretty colors, maybe even sewing a bit of decorative satin ribbon on them. For a child, bright colors and some cartoon applique's would be fun. If you know someone about to have surgery, make them a set. They'd really appreciate your kindness. Ice becomes your new best friend after many kinds of surgeries or injuries.
I made ten covers from one towel in under an hour, so go ahead and make yourself a lot of covers while you have everything out, you'll be glad you did. In my instance, ten wasn't as many as I'd need in a day because hubby always has several in use and several refreezing, and sometimes one or two may need the cover washed, or dried out if it gets wet.
You can, of course, freeze the ice packs bare and keep switching them out with just one or a few covers, but if you have someone in the house who's hurting, they really don't want to stand in front of the freezer trying to balance slippery cold ice packs falling all over the place, and neither do you! The toweling makes them very easy to handle.
By Mary LaCaze from Mountain Pine, AR