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Beat summer's heat with this sew-simple craft project: a cool tie!
This bright cotton neckerchief has a summer secret: a filling of water-absorbing polymer granules from the garden center.
Soaked in water, the cool tie's polymer granules absorb more than 200% their weight in water. Tied around the neck or worn as a headband, a cool tie provides all-day cool relief through evaporation.
A cool tie is simple to sew, requiring only a straight-stitch sewing machine. It makes a great gift for gardeners! Printable Cool Tie gift tags adds a splashy note to your hot-weather gift.
For simplest cutting, fold fabric crosswise (selvedge to selvedge) and use a rotary cutter for a straight cut.
To form pointed end, cut a 45-degree triangle from each folded end. Cut back from the fold toward the selvedges.
Place 2 pins 1 1/2 inches on each side of the center of the strip.
The pins mark the area to be left open to reverse the tie.
Sew from point to center on each side, with a 5/8th inch seam allowance. Leave the area between the pins open.
Use a plastic or bamboo point turner to turn the tie inside out through the center opening. Press.
On each side, sew directly across the tie from end to end, backstitching at the beginning and end of the stitching line. This stitching creates a pocket for the garden polymer granules.
Insert 2 teaspoons Watersorb-brand polymer granules into center of the tie through the opening in the seam.
(Yes, that is correct: only 2 teaspoons. The polymer granules swell nearly 200 times their size, and will completely fill the tie when wet. One pound of polymer granules will make more than 55 cool ties!)
For gifts, attach a copy of free printable Cool Tie gift tag.
After the granules have fully expanded, pat the tie gently with a towel to remove excess water.
Tie around neck or head for cool relief!
Safety Note: According to Ted Douglas, Watersorb/Polymers, Inc., polymer granules used to construct cool ties are non-toxic and meet EPA standards for potable drinking water. While non-toxic, dust from polymer granules may lead to irritation if inhaled. Mr. Douglas recommends wearing a dust mask while filling cool ties.