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Recently, we always have the highest temperature around 36℃ and the humidity around 70% or higher in my town. So, I made neck coolers from tenugui(手ぬぐい) I had. Ha-ha-ha. It is very useful during I get rid of weeds. These days I especially need to get rid of my garden weeds because Obon is just round the corner. This Sunday, I went and cleaned my graveyard. At that time, the neck cooler was very convenient, too. Grrr!
I thought about making handmade neck coolers because my old neck cooler I bought about five years ago was real old and I saw one of my friends put on a neck cooler which has a small pocket for an ice pack. In Japan today, some shops give small ice packs to costumers who buy something like fresh cakes. The ice pack is about 7 by 8 centimeters in size. I have about ten ice packs in my refrigerator. I would be a fool not to take advantage of them.
I have no sewing machine, so I sew it by hand.
Now I’ll tell you how to make a handmade neck cooler from tenugui(手ぬぐい) which is about 33 by 90 centimeters in size. Its shape is a rectangle like the right image. (Fig.1)
- First, crease the tenugui and make sewing marks by an electric iron.
Fold the tenugui in half. Do top side and bottom side neatly together. (Fig.2)
- Fold the upper lap down in half.
- Turn over the tenugui and fold the other lap down. Make the tenugui into accordion fold. (Fig.4)
- Fold the tenugui in half. Do right side and left side neatly together. (Fig.5)
- Now, put an ice pack on the tenugui for checking its width. (Fig.6)
- Fold the upper lap group at the line which was determined by the width of the ice pack + α. (Fig.7)
- Turn over the tenugui.
- Fold the other lap group. Do right side and left side neatly together. (Fig.9)
- Second, sewing.
Unfold the tenugui like the image (Fig.10) and sew.
Each dashed line means a stitch.
- Fold the upper lap down and sew. At the sewing place there three laps. Sew only two upper laps.
- Fold the tenugui in the same way as fig.4.
- Inside out the tenugui.
- Shape the tenugui and iron. Then sew the two place.
- Put two ice packs into the pockets of the neck cooler.
Now I have five tenugui neck coolers. I wrapped it around my neck like this. Unfortunately, duration of effect is only about an hour.
Last summer, I made handmade neck coolers. This summer I gave an improvement to them. The improvement is to add one more pocket for an ice pack. I unsewed two lines and sewed again like this. Now my handmade neck coolesr has three pockets for ice packs.