How to Sew Do-Rags

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How to Sew Do-Rags
Accessorise your wardrobe with a custom do-rag. (NA/ Images)

A do-rag, or doo-rag, is designed to protect your head from sun exposure and your hair from being ravaged by the wind. While commercially produced do-rags are available in stores, you can make your own and add a personalised accessory to your wardrobe. Be sure you have all of the items needed and are comfortable performing all of the necessary steps before you begin making your do-rag.

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • ¾ yard of 45-inch wide fabric
  • Fabric chalk
  • Serger
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Trace the pattern of your do-rag onto your fabric and cut out all of the pieces.

  2. 2

    Mark and pin the notches on the top of the centre front piece. These are the dart markings and they must be marked before you begin sewing the pieces together.

  3. 3

    Fold the dart over and follow the line with your sewing machine using a 3/8-inch seam.

  4. 4

    Fold the shorter side of the dart up 3/8 of an inch and then sew it up to the dart marked with the pin using a 3/8-inch seam.

  5. 5

    As you reach the end of the dart, decrease the stitch length and continue sewing onto the fold of the fabric for ½ inch.

  6. 6

    Serge the seam edges of the do-rag to prevent them from fraying and to give the hat a finished look.

  7. 7

    Use scissors to place a ¼-inch notch on the side of the centre top piece where you will be attaching the curved pattern pieces.

  8. 8

    Pin the centre top pieces and sew them together with a 3/8-inch seam.

  9. 9

    Sew the tie ends of the do-rag together with a 3/8-inch seam.

  10. 10

    Pin the front band onto the top cap making sure to align the notches up properly and sew the pieces together with a ¼-inch seam.

  11. 11

    Press the seams of your do-rag with an iron to give it a clean and finished look.

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