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Can you just hear it? The sounds of Fall are crackling in the air. The leaves are starting to turn, the nights are getting shorter, and there is the sweet sounds of fans screaming at their favorite football game! My sons love going to our school’s football games, but they are strictly spectator only.
What really gets my oldest going is his Fall baseball program. Football may be a favorite of his, but baseball still rules his heart. When he plays baseball, he puts his heart and soul into it. And what does that mean for Mom? Tons and tons of sweat! I am always worried that he is not staying hydrated during his massive sweating sessions, so I make sure that I pack POWERADE in his game bag.
One thing I have noticed during all my years as a baseball Mom is that you need to have plenty of ice packs available to keep all those drinks cold. But there is one thing that always bothered me about having reusable ice packs: the sweating once they start to melt! After all, I think that sweating should stay on the field with my favorite player.
So how did I solve that dilemma? With a No Sew Ice Pack Cover. I admit, I am not the most handy when it comes to sewing. I can do buttons and repair simple hems, but that is about it. So I wanted to figure out a way to make the no sew ice pack cover without actually sewing. The solution? Peel and stick velcro! So I grabbed a glass of my favorite(and only go-to beverage)Coke Zero and got to work.
No Sew Ice Pack Cover:
- Square piece of fabric. I got mine at Walmart when I grabbed my POWERADE and Coke Zero.
- Peel and Stick velcro.
- Ice Pack of chosen size
- Sharpie marker and ruler(optional)
To make the no sew ice pack cover, simply:
- Pre-wash fabric and dry to shrink.
- Cut fabric to desired size, depending on the shape of your ice pack. Leave an inch or two of extra to attach the velcro to.
- With the design side down, fold over an 1/2 to 3/4 seam on both sides and the bottom. You can measure and mark if you are a perfectionist. I just eye-balled it, as I believe in function over form.
- Fold fabric in half with folded parts on the inside, and make sure ends match.
- Lay fabric flat and place the velcro pads on either side, and on the bottom. Close and match them up, and let set for 24 hours.
- Insert ice pack and you are ready to go! All the sweat stays in the fabric, and you can toss it in the washer when needed.
It is perfect for my son to grab a no sew ice pack cover, slip in the ice pack, and toss it in the bag with his POWERADE. I made a few extras and tossed them in the drawer next to the fridge, so there is always one ready to grab when you are in a hurry.
As for this Mom, as much as I love seeing my son play, I am actually content to sit home on a Saturday afternoon. I like to kick up my feet and watch my favorite college team play. College football has always been my favorite “me” time. I love that I can enjoy my Coke Zero in a quiet house, at least until I start yelling at the game! When the game is over, I just grab a book and relax some more.
So while you are relaxing and watching your favorite team, you can also checkout NotSoFastMom.com for more tips. And sports fans will enjoy ESPN’s Lee Corso and his #NotSoFastMom tips to make you the ultimate play maker for your athlete.