Happy day to all of you crafty people!
After wincing a little too often, I finally saw my podiatrist who promptly diagnosed my foot pain as tendinitis. The remedy, a set of orthotics (ready in two weeks), anagelsic cream, and icing the area every night. "No prob," said I, but then I struggled to keep the durn ice pack on the right spot on my foot.
Craftiness to the rescue!
Today I whipped up this little gem:
It was fairly simple to make (hey, if I can make it...), and I took pictures along the way if you're interested in making one too. Here goes!
A little bit of medium to thick-weight fabric, a fat quarter would be plenty. I'm using the Patricia print decor fabric from Ikea.
Hook & Loop Tape (Velcro or otherwise) - about four inches of each "side."
Thread, sewing machine, patience, napping kids, etc.
Step 1: Measure your ice pack. Mine was about 4 x 9 inches.
Step 2: Cut your fabric. I cut two pieces, one for the pouch (about 12 x 9), and one for the strap (about 11 x 4).
Step 3: Sew the hook half of the hook & loop tape to the right side of the strap. Place it near the end with room for a seam allowance and some extra to grip the strap when it's done. Keep in mind that you will be folding this four inch piece in half.
Step 4: Fold the strap piece in half the long way with right sides facing. Leave one end open and clip the two end corners.
Step 5: Turn the strap right side out, working those corners to nice points if you can. Then top stitch around three sides.
Step 6: Hem one edge of the pouch piece. I folded once and then again for a study edge. This will be your pouch opening.
Step 7: Sew the loop half of the hook & loop tape to the right side of the pouch piece. Here you may wish to pin the strap to the pouch piece and experiment with how far you want the strap to be able to "reach" around the side of the pouch. (I also inserted the ice pack and pinned the pouch closed to get a better feel for dimensions -- be careful not to pin the ice pack!) Mark the farthest point with a pin, and pin your tape piece in place.
Step 8: Fold pouch piece in half the long way with right sides facing, pin strap piece sandwiched inside the pouch piece. MAKE SURE you have the strap piece facing the right direction so that your hook & loop tape pieces match when you're finished (this took some serious contemplating on my part -- it's been a long day!). Sew three sides together, leaving hemmed edge open, clip your corners, turn right side out, insert your ice pack, and TA-DA!
I'll leave my handy-dandy new pouch near the freezer rather than keep it on the ice pack all the time. Now that I've got such a stylish ice pack pouch, I will undoubtedly follow the doc's orders regularly.
One last picture of the FO in use. DD #1 feels my pain.
Thank you so much for checking it out!