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    Does anyone know what neck coolers are filled with,they are about 36' long,made like a tube to fill. You can run cold water over and they enlarge. Put around neck to cool in the heat.

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    It is a special gel pellet. I can't remember the exact name. Did you do a search for them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirley Oswalt
    Does anyone know what neck coolers are filled with,they are about 36' long,made like a tube to fill. You can run cold water over and they enlarge. Put around neck to cool in the heat.
    Water retaining crystals like you would put in hanging baskets. I got mine form a garden centre.

    Best becks

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    From the "Hugs of Western Kentucky" site for soldiers:
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    Hugs (cool ties) Instructions

    1. Use 100% cotton fabric (use beige to darker browns) , 45" - 52" wide. (fundraiser ones can be in other colors)

    2. Cut strips in 5"widths of fabric.

    3. Fold strip in half lengthwise, right sides together (Inside out).

    4. Sew down long side, using a 3/8" seam allowance backstitching at start and stop. Use small stitch (12 stitches per inch or 2.0 setting). Sew second run the same way for double stitching to make it hold up.

    5. Sew across ONE END ONLY.

    6. Turn tie right side out (using a " or 3/8" piece of metal tubing makes it easy, starting at sewn end pushing it in and then sliding down tubing)

    7. This step is optional but makes it easier for sewing the rest. Press lightly along the seam itself to "open" it somewhat, then press tie flat with seam along one edge.

    8. Fold tie in and lightly press center to mark it allowing " from open end. Mark 10" - 11" from each side of center with tailor's chalk, which will leave 20" - 22" in the center (this is where the polymer crystals will be held).

    9. Locate the mark closest to the "closed" end and sew across it. Double stitch.

    10. Using a funnel, push tie up on end of funnel till it passes the mark at the end not sewn and put 2 teaspoons of polymer crystals. NOTE: too many crystals will prevent the cool tie from draping around the neck.

    11. Sew the mark nearest the open end closed trapping the crystals inside the middle.

    12. Turn in a " seam allowance on the unfinished end and sew across end to close tie.

    13. You have finished making a HUG for one of our troops. Congratulations...

    Smellies (fresheners) Instructions

    1. Place uncooked rice in a bowl and add 5 drops of Essential oil (for fragrance) per cup of rice. Mix well and place in a Ziploc baggie and allow it to sit for 24 to 36 hrs.

    2. Cut material into 4" x 6" pieces.

    3. Fold in 1/2 and sew 2 sides together with " seams leaving one end open.

    4. Turn right side out and put enough rice to fill (not overfill) the bag (approx 1/4 - 1/3 cup).

    5. Turn " in and sew across to close. Takes 2 for each one of our troops (two feet = two smellies)

    6. You have finished making Smellies for one of our troops. Congratulations...


    You can get the polymer in the garden shops of most Walmarts.

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    I use 1/8 of a tsp in each pocket of a product that I purchased at Lowes. It was in the garden section in a 1 lb. bag. It is called "Soil Moist" granules.

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    I found mine at Michael's. They were with the silk flower supplies.

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    Thank you for the quick reply. I enjoy this site and joined today. Have a good evening everyone.

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    A couple of weekends ago a friend of mine and I made 60 helmet coolers and 32 cooling scarves like these and sent them to troops in Afghanistan. We have a Soldiers Angels group at our church, and we do stuff like this all the time. It's really a neat thing...you can use cut up sheets to make them, just dye them dark beige or khaki green.

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    use the "wet crystals" found in the garden section or even the wedding section at your local DIY or craft store.

    If you need some let me know my Hobby lobby has them in stock right now. I saw a 6oz jar for $10.00. That will make a dozen or more cool ties!

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    I found some on ebay with free shipping. Can't remember the site.

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