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How to Make an Ice Pack Cover

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How to Sew an Ice Pack Cover

Turn an old towel into an ice pack cover, so your skin stays protected and dry when you’re icing injuries. It fits over the ice pack like a decorative pillowcase, so it won’t slip off when you’re using it.

Since ice packs come in lots of different sizes, I came up with a simple formula that you can use to create the size you need.

Closeup of Ice Pack Cover

Ice Pack Cover Tutorial

What You’ll Need:

Optional (but nice to have):

What You Do:

Cut Towel to Size

Measure the length and width of the ice pack that you’d like to create a cover for.

Add three inches to the width. Multiply the length by two and add six inches. These are your cut measurements. Cut a piece out of your towel this size.

My ice pack was 5.5″ x 6″. So, my cut size was 8.5″ x 18″.

Note: I designed the cover to be roomy, so it would be easy to slide on and off. It’s an inch bigger than the ice pack on all sides. If you want a snugger fit, just size the cover down accordingly.

Create a Double-Fold Hem on Each End

Lay the towel out on your work surface, right-side down. Create a double-fold hem on both ends by folding the end up a 1/2-inch, then folding it over another 1/2-inch. Hold in place with pins or sewing clips.

Sew the Hem on Both Ends

Sew along the edge of the hem to secure.

Mark the Center

Then, spread the towel back out on your work surface, right-side up. Mark the center of the towel. Then, mark 1/2-inch from center, in each direction.

Fold in the Sides So They Overlap

Fold the left edge over, until it meets the mark furthest to the right. Fold the right edge over, until it meets the mark furthest to the left. This will create a one-inch overlap at the opening, so your ice pack isn’t visible when it’s in the cover.

Close the Sides With a Half-Inch Seam

Sew a 1/2-inch seam up both sides to finish your ice pack cover.

Flip the Ice Pack Cover Right-Side Out

Then, flip it right-side out, and slide your ice pack inside to test the fit.

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