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Cool Tie Instructions

Materials Needed

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Scissors

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Tape measure

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Serger/sewing machine

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4" strip of fabric 45" long (actual length will depend on personal preference)

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One to two teaspoons of MillCreek polymer granules.  Order page

Directions to make this project:

  1. Cut one strip of fabric 4" wide from a fabric that is at least 45" wide.   If you want to have a bow to tie use a 60" wide fabric.
  2. Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise (the piece should be 4" by 22 1/2").   Mark the fold.  This is the center back of the neck band.  Open up the fabric and measure and mark 7" on each side of the center back.

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Fold the fabric right sides together the width of the strip (the piece should now be 2" by 45".)  Using a 5/8" seam, stitch between the marks.  (There should be 14" stitched--7" on either side of center back.)

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  1. The tail ends may be rounded or slanted to give a more finished look.  Finish the edges and ends of the rest of the band by serging or turning and stitching.  Press.

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  1. Turn tube right side out and press. At one end of the tube, stitch to close, then double stitch for strength. At this point you should have one end of the tube open.

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5.      Carefully pour the polymer granules into the tube (1-2 teaspoons). Stitch the tube closed. Reinforce with another row of stitching.

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  1. To use the cool neck band, soak in  water for a 15-20 minutes (hot water speeds the hydration process).  As the polymer granules soak up the water "mush" them around so the polymer spreads out equally along the tube.  Tie around your neck for a "Cool Band."

 

TIPS--

          Each pound of polymer has about 115 tsp.

         The cool band can be refrigerated so it is more refreshing on a hot day.

         It can be soaked in cold water and used over and over.

         If too many polymer granules are used in the tube, the polymer will ooze through the fabric tube.  Two teaspoons is all that is needed.

         Store in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator, or hang dry.  The polymer will rehydrate again using instructions in step 6.

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