DIY ice pack cover
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One of the best parts of summer is being able to grab a good book, throw some fruit and sandwiches into a cooler, and jet out the door for the whole day. To the park! To the beach! To infinity and beyond, as long as you can soak up some of that glorious sunshine.

One of the worst parts of summer is settling into the perfect shady spot for a lunch time break and reaching into the cooler, only to find that condensation from your ice packs has dripped over all of your delicious snacks. I don’t know why this bothers me so much, but it drives me nuts! In the hopes of having non-soggy picnics this year, I made these little ice pack cozies based on this soap pouch tutorial! They’re SO easy to make that I whipped up a few extra just for kicks. If you can sew in a straight line (the extent of my abilities), you can deck out your ice packs with a fun and useful new look!

DIY ice pack cover

What you’ll need:

  • reusable cooler ice pack (mine were about 3″ x 5.25″ in size)
  • canvas fabric
  • sewing machine

DIY ice pack cover tutorial

  1. Cut your canvas down to a 7″ x 10.25″ rectangle, and decorate however you’d like
  2. Fold the top edge down .5″, fold it down over again, and sew a straight line across. Repeat the process with the bottom edge
  3. Fold the bottom of the canvas up just enough to cover the width of the ice pack, about 3″
  4. Fold the top of the canvas down about 1.5″
  5. Place the ice pack on top to make sure there’s at least .5″ of wiggle room around the top and bottom
  6. Sew straight lines down the left and right edges to create a pouch thingamajig
  7. Turn your pouch inside out – pretty!
  8. Tuck in your ice pack, and pull the flap over to cover it
  9. It’s picnic time!

* This post was created as part of RedEnvelope’s Anatomy of a Picnic Guide Project

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11 Responses to DIY ice pack cover

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  2. onel says:

    Neat idea! The fabric is so cute too!

  3. Mariko says:

    What a brilliant idea. I LOVE these. So chic.

  4. Stephanie says:

    So cute! I love the fabrics you chose. Soggy ice packs are definitely annoying. :P

  5. Stephanie says:

    What a great DIY! I love how you turned an ice pack into a fun accessory for lunch boxes!

  6. Sarah says:

    First: GENIUS. Second: Adorable!

  7. Laicie says:

    What a great idea!! And so cute too. :) Now I wanna go on a picnic!

  8. Deb 'N Cats says:

    This is fantastic. I have RA and sometimes, I get flare ups that an ice pack helps with swelling. Instead of hanging onto an unsightly bag, I could have a zippered pouch. I was getting out the sewing machine this weekend anyway. (This will also make my lunch look stylish.) Thanks Gloria, for the great idea.

  9. LOVE this!!! A perfect solution for all that melting, soggy mess :( And you can customize this to whatever you want… so excited to make these! Happy July, Gloria!

  10. Jane Y. says:

    love these gloria! i hate when the ice all melts too! ugh. :)