Thank you to all of our Angels who have participated.


Summer Neck Cooler Project


Hello Angels....

It's time to bring some relief to our deployed Troops during the hot summer months. Our annual Neck Cooler Project is kicking off and we need Angels who can sew. One thing we know for sure is that our Neck Coolers have been very popular by our Troops! Check out this special sewing project and feel free to share with fellow seamstresses! All are welcome!

To help you get started, please check out our links, directions, and resource suggestions. Check them out and see which one works best for you. 


1) Check out this YouTube video for easy to follow visual instructions.
DIY Neck Cooler

2) Directions that may be helpful:

1. Cut or tear strips 41/2" wide by the fabric width (selvedge to selvedge). I usually use 45" wide fab, so I just cut them the width of the fabric -- 45" should be the max.
NOTE: If your fabric is too wide (or not wide enough), purchase 1 1/4 yards and cut in the direction of the selvedge (from top to bottom)

2. Fold in half, right sides together, on the long edge.

3. Sew/serge the long seam and turn. Iron. As shown above, the seam has been placed in the center back, rather than at the edge. Now you have a tube about 2" wide and 40 - 45" long.

4. Mark the center of the long edge and stitch across it.

5. Drop in a scant 1/8 tsp of crystals on each side of the seam.
NOTE: This pattern tested with Watersorb® crystals. Make a test tie with the brand you're using to be sure this isn't too much/too little after it's soaked.

6. Mark 4 1/2" from the center seam and seam again. Now there are 2 pockets with crystals.

7. Drop in another scant 1/8 tsp of in both sides and seam like before (41/2 inches from the first set of seams). You should have a total of 4 pockets.
NOTE: Some people make 2 pockets that are 9"/10" each, and some make just one 18" pocket. For longer pockets, adjust the quantity of granules accordingly.

8. Serge ends (or fold in raw edges and sew across) to finish.

3) Additional Links for Instructions:

4) Polymer Crystal Sources Available on Amazon:

Soil Moist

1 LB Water absorbing crystal,polymer

Miracle-Gro Water Storing Crystals, 12-Ounce

5) Material Resources: See samples of neck coolers created by previous Angels below for fabric options.

Hobby Lobby has some suitable fabrics for our project. They have coupons you can print for online and in store savings!

Be sure to check out JoAnn Fabrics, too! They have coupons as well!

5) Directions for Using Neck Coolers. Please include a care label.


Please contact me if you have any questions. I'm looking forward to working with you and thank you for considering this special Angel Project!

Many thanks for all YOU do,
Cindy Zamirowski

Neck Coolers from our Angels!

Thank you, Angels, for your generosity and beautiful workmanship!

From Angel Lorraine ~ Summer 2018

From angel Joyce ~ Summer 2018

From Angel Heidi ~ Summer 2018

Neck Cooler

From Angel Evie and friends

Neck Cooler Neck Cooler

From Angel Sandy (Left) and Angel Lois (right)
Neck Cooler Neck Cooler
from angel kyleen (left) and Angel Sandra (right)