Make your own funky reusable cooling necklace.

This is a more feminine funky version of the “cooling bandanas” that you can soak and tie round your neck to keep cool on the hottest of days. Each bead is swollen with water retaining gel crystals.

To make your own, you will need:

  • Fabric, sewn into a tube
  • ribbon, to tie necklace closed
  • a sewing machine (you could sew it by hand, but it may take a while)
  • cotton yarn to tie between the “beads”
  • water retaining crystals

Secure one piece of ribbon inside one end pleating the fabric around it, and then sew closed.

The crystals – they swell up a LOT, so this half-filled half-teaspoon measure (1/4 of a teaspoon) is enough for one “bead”.

Mark intervals as long as the tube is wide (for round “beads”), insert a portion of crystals, and tie off with cotton yarn at each mark until you reach the length you want, and then finish off as you did at the start, pleating in a ribbon and top stitching.

What it looks like at the start of soaking…

…and what it looks like after half an hour or so of soaking.

And the finished item:

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