Baby Dew Rag
pattern and tutorial website was inspired by
Proverbs 31:13, which is a Bible verse describing some
of the qualities of a virtuous woman.
"She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands."
Baby Dew Rag
dew rag is a hat. There are a few different spellings
for dew rag. It may be "dew" rag if you consider it
will absorb the sweat on your brow. It may be "do" rag
if you consider that when your hair "do" isn't
cooperating, you can use a do rag to cover it. It may
also be spelled "doo" rag, or "du" rag. A dew rag is
also sometimes known as a skull cap or a wavecap. They
are very popular among chemo-therapy patients,
athletes, motorcycle riders and those with long hair
who wish to keep it out of their face. Dew rags are
also used many times in place of a hair net or to keep
cornrows, waves or other hair styles from being
disturbed during sleep.
Materials you will need:
¾ yard of Fabric
Baby Dew Rag Pattern
Please read these
directions before downloading.
The baby dew rag pattern fits on
two pieces of standard or A4 copy paper.
Download Baby Dew Rag pattern
Note: The sewing
instructions for the baby dew rag are not included on the pattern itself,
they are only on this web page.
Print out the pattern for your Baby Dew Rag.
Cutting the Fabric
Baby Dew Rag
have a pattern that you use often, try making your
pattern pieces out
of a strong quality paper towel. The paper towel is
easily pinned through onto your fabric and doesn't rip
like paper does when pinned through repeatedly for
multiple uses. You may also want to glue your paper
pattern sheets onto lightweight cardboard, then cut out the pieces.
Place the pattern pieces on your fabric and trace around them with a
fabric marking pen.
¼ inch seams. The seam allowance is
already figured into the pattern, so there is no need
to adjust or add any seam
allowance to it. Lay out your pattern with the arrows
on the pattern pieces in line with the straight grain of fabric.
You will be cutting one Top/Tail piece. You will be
cutting two side pieces, and one should be the reverse
of the other, so when you lay out your two layers of
fabric for the side pieces, they should be with either the right sides of
the fabric facing one another or the wrong sides of
the fabric facing one another.
Cut out the pattern along the solid outside
inch along the dotted line
from the edge of the fabric to the dot labeled C.
Baby Dew Rag
If you would like to add an appliqué to your baby dew
rag, now is the best time. You can also cross stitch a design with
waste canvas or machine embroider a design on the tail. Be sure that you leave ample room (½ inch all
around) for hemming
the tail. On the pattern download there is a cross and a dove which
you can choose from or use your own design. A contrasting fabric will
show off your appliqué nicely. The baby dew rag pictured doesn't have
an appliqué since a teddy bear printed on the fabric landed nicely in
the center of the tail.
Side Seam (Seam AB):
You may find
it easiest to stitch with the concave
edge (top/tail piece) on top so plan ahead when pinning so that your
pins are easier to remove when stitching.
With right sides together, pin one side piece to the
top/tail piece from point A to point B easing in the
fullness around the curve.
Stitch together with
a ¼ inch seam, locking the stitching at both ends.
Repeat with the other side.
Zig-zag or overcast the edges of the seams.
Hem: Turn the fabric
under ¼ inch from C to D
turning seam AB toward the side piece and finger press
(crease the fold with your fingernail).
¼ inch again and pin.
Notice that the seam
line doesn't line up perfectly on the wrong side when
you turn it under.
Stitch from C to D on each side of
the tail, locking the stitching at the beginning and
Fold fabric under and press along
fold line at the tip of the tail.
¼ inch from tip of tail to point E on each side and
press. Fold under ¼ inch again from tip of tail to
point E on each side and
This creates a nice finished tip on the tail. Turn the fabric under 1/4 inch from point
E on one
side of the tail to point C and press. Notice that the
entire side of the hat is flipped over.
Turn under again and press.
Now flip the side of the hat back over and
Note: This will create
a pleat on each side of the tail and will also enclose
any raw edges of material where you clipped from the
edge of the fabric to point C. Repeat on the other
side. Do yourself a HUGE favor now and hand baste the
This will save your hands from getting stabbed
with pins while you're trying to maneuver the turns
under your sewing machine needle. Stitch your hem close to the edge from point C
on one side of the tail all the way around to point C
on the other side, locking the stitching on both ends.
The photo below shows the stitching line is indicated in red.
The photo below shows the right side of the fabric after the
tail hem is stitched.
Band and Ties:
¼ inch on the two short ends of the band and ties
piece and press. Turn under
¼ inch on one long edge of the
band and ties piece and press.
Fold the band and ties piece of fabric in half (long
ways) to find the center and mark it.
side of band and ties piece to wrong side of hat,
matching the center of the band and ties piece to
point F on the top/tail piece and turning seams
AB to the side piece.
¼ inch seam from point D on one side to point D on the
other side, locking the stitching at both ends.
Turn under ¼ inch on the remaining edges of the band and
ties piece and press.
Fold the band and
ties piece over the seam and pin.
Top stitch from one end of the band and ties to the
other, close to the edge.
completed baby dew rag.
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