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."
A 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:
40 inches of
Print the Pattern
Please read these
directions before downloading.
The dew rag pattern fits on
three pieces of standard or A4 copy paper.
Download the free Dew Rag pattern
Note: The sewing
instructions for the dew rag are not included on the pattern itself,
they are only on this web page.
Print out the pattern for your Dew
Rag. Cut out the pattern on the solid lines and along
the straight dotted lines. Tape the three pieces of
the Top/Tail piece together matching the dotted lines.
There is no overlapping, simply put the pattern pieces edge to edge
on the straight dotted lines and tape, matching the solid
outside lines and the straight
grain of fabric guide line. You will notice that one
corner of the pattern piece at point B did not print
out completely. Simply pencil it in to match the opposite side
Cutting the Fabric
for the Dew Rag
Tip: If you
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. Another option is 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.
If you would like to add an appliqué to your 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
Side Seam (Seam AB):
Note: 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 press.
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
Turn under again and press.
Now flip the side of the hat back over and pin.
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 next photo shows the stitching line indicated in yellow.
The next photo shows the right side of the fabric after the
tail hem is stitched.
Band and Ties: Turn under
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
ties to the other, close to the edge.
completed dew rag.
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