How to sew your own tubular bandana

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How to sew your own tubular bandana
Wear a tubular bandanna as a headband, tube top or neck wrap. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Tubular bandannas or buffs, popularised by the reality show "Survivor," are versatile, stretchy, tube-shaped cloth accessories suitable for use as headbands, neck wraps, wristbands or tube tops. Though traditionally woven into a seamless tube, you can make a similar accessory by sewing a piece of patterned, stretchy fabric. Tubular bandannas are useful for absorbing sweat and keeping wind out of your ears, eyes and nostrils.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Polyester or any stretchy, breathable fabric
  • Rotary mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of polyester fabric into a square, using a rotary mat and cutter. The buffs used in "Survivor" are 18-by-18 inches, but you can cut your bandanna larger or smaller to fit your needs.

  2. 2

    Fold the fabric in half with the wrong side out. Pin the long edges of the fabric together, using straight pins.

  3. 3

    Sew the fabric along the pinned edge using a zigzag stitch for stretchiness. Turn the tube inside out before wearing.

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