Amidst the million other projects I have planned, an email came to me yesterday from a co-worker that caused me to re-adjust my sewing priorities.
A group of students in my school recently did a donation drive to fill care packages for soldiers, which were wonderfully received in Iraq by a local unit from Michigan. The woman that makes this all happen runs an organization called "Desert Angels", and she got a "Thank You" for the packages and a request for "neck coolers". She emailed my co-worker (who organized the donation drive) looking home sewers that might be able to make them, and that's where I came into the picture.
microsorb website, which is 2 lbs and is enough to make 100 cool ties ($19.95 including s/h). The website also shows how to use the beads to make other helpful cooling items like vests and helmet coolers, and includes links on how to get connected with making donations.
The directions for construction were emailed to me from the Desert Angels, and are a little different from the microsorb website (easier, IMO). I plan on using either muslin or tan/olive cotton, and I talked to the "home ec" teachers I work with, and they really want to participate (and do this as a student project next year!). So, here are the links for the instructions that I received from Desert Angels (made by the Ortonville MI Sewing Group), but there are a number of others you can find online by Googling "neck coolers".
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Care Labels to attach when finished.
I thought some of you might be interested in making some and sending them to our troops, so I'm sharing my information. I will let you know how our "sewing session" goes, which is planned for June 25! With a few sewing machines going and others helping cut and iron, we should have 100 made in no time at all!