Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A rice-filled cooling pad for children...


Introducing
{drumroll please...} 

The Chick-sicle!


{A rice-filled Cooling Pad for children}

As a mother of seven and grandmother to eight, I have learned a thing or two over the years. One thing I discovered early on is a Scooby-Doo band-aide or a baggie of ice can make all the difference in "healing" a child's scratched knee or bruised arm. The acknowledgment of pain goes a long way in the soothing of it.

A couple of months ago I designed and shared this pattern.  I called them "Love Birds." They are owl inspired rice-filled heating pads for children...


Because they were so successful, I started thinking about creating a smaller version of the heating pad -- one that could be used as an ice pack. As a result these Chick-sicles were hatched...


I've never liked the idea of using a baggie -- filled with freezing, hard pieces of ice -- as a cold pack on a little one's boo-boos! It seems too abrasive and uncomfortable to me, but kids love the attention they receive when they are given a cold pack to soothe a hurt. 


I discovered in the process of creating this pattern, that it's much more difficult to create a pattern for something that is small, than a larger item. Trying to put enough detail to make it unique in a smaller space, takes talent -- quite possibly more than I possess! Never-the-less, these little chicks were born...


Chick-sicles can be stored in the freezer until just the right moment. When taken out and applied to a skinned knee, the frozen rice will cool and soothe the hurt {both physically and mentally}...


The front of the Chick-sicle is made from scraps of cotton. The back is covered with soft flannel...


They are approximately 5 1/2 inches tall which is a manageable size for a little one. {Plus, this egg-shaped chick might work as an item in an Easter basket.}


 I've decided to make this pattern
and some brief instructions on how to make my
Chick-sicle Cooling Pad 
 available to all!
  

Click here
to be transported to my Etsy store to purchase my
 Chick-sicle pattern and instructions!


Enjoy!




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225 comments:

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Christina said...

Thank you for the pattern. I'm going to be making this for my 14 month old dare devil soon!

Danielle said...

I made two owls and one chick over the weekend! My daughter thinks they are just play toys! (she is 2) Thank you for sharing the patterns! Adorable!

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Amy Brinager said...

I just downloaded this adorable pattern and I can't wait to make some of these for my kiddos!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!!!!

Laura said...

I just downloaded this and your monster tooth pillow pattern. I have 5 year-old twins and a 3 year-old (all boys). These items will be so much fun to make and will definitely come in handy in the coming years! Thanks so much!

daniKate designs said...

These are adorable--thank you so much for the tutorial and pattern! I plan on making both this chick and the owl heating pad (my sister is crazy about owls and I have twin nieces).
Thanks again!

Dave and Maggie said...

Thank you very much for this pattern and tutorial. I downloaded this one and your owl heat bags and plan on making them for our new grandson, they are so very cute - I'ts really nice of you making these available. Much appreciated, Margaret in Australia

twinsand2boys said...

I also tried to print this and your owl pattern and cannot print either. Im using Google Chrome browser.

Antoinette said...

So cute! Thank you for sharing the how to. I'm just getting into sewing and I'm planning to make this for a friend's little girl. Antoinette

Sherrie Martineau said...

I can't wait to make these as well asa the little owls. I think you're incredible for sharing such darling creations, thank you, thank you!!!
Sherrie

Cindy said...

Great pattern and I have just finished making 3 of the little chicks. They will replace the rice filled sock my daughter uses as a heating pad.

Kathy said...

How wonderful of you to share the pattern. I found you off the link from Made by you on skip to my lou and these would be awesome for my grand-children for Easter. Thanks

Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing this pattern. I found you off the link from Skip to my Lou made by you monday's and these would make awesome Easter gifts for my grand-children. Thanks

Gissellina said...

thanks for the patern, it's so cute and it's the perfect companion for the bunny

Home made said...

They are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

Ginger said...

Thanks so much for the Chicksickle pattern. It's very sweet of you to share.

Mean Jean said...

Perfect! I am so in love with these! Thank yoU!

morningside girl said...

these are so adorable...I will make some for my tumble-about grandsons

Melody said...

Thank you so much for this gorgeous pattern and tutorial too. I'm going to make a couple for my girlfriend who finds an icepack helps with her frequent migraines,
I'll blog about it too.

shez said...

thankyou Suzanne i have 6 grandies and i will make them one each,thankyou for being so generous.xx

Fiona said...

this is adorable... thanks for sharing it with us...
Hugz

marygabriella said...

Grazie per aver condiviso questi modelli meravigliosi!
Un abbraccio dall'Italia.
Marina

trixi said...

looking forward to making these little cuties

Rebekah said...

These look like great gifts!!

Il Gufo Creativo said...

Hi Suzanne!
Great artworks, great blog!
Follow you it's a great pleasure for me!

Mary

Amit Pandey said...

I just found your blog and I love it. These projects have the "whimsical cuteness factor" I am drawn to. I just finished my first snap top bag and I am addicted.

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