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Create Your Own Dew Rag Pattern
How a Make a Dew Rag Instructions
Welcome ... As most know, a dew rag is a head covering. 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 or keep moisture from your hair. It may be "doo" rag when your hairdo isn't cooperating, you can use a Dew Rag to cover it. It may also be spelled "do" rag or "du-rag." Despite the spelling of the word, these dew rags are becoming very popular among chemo-therapy patients, athletes, motorcycle riders, those with long hair to keep it out of their face, Christians as of late and many others. The Dew rag is used in place of a hair net or to keep cornrows, waves or other hair styles from being disturbed during sleep.
You will have the most success at your dew rag turning out to be a quality crafted project if you will carefully read through the step by step dew rag tutorial instructions before beginning your project. Make sure you understand each step, examining each picture as you go, so you know why each step is necessary. Be sure to use quality materials, because chances are, it will be washed often, and after all your labor of love, you want it to look good and last a long time as well.
Now, without further ado ... Let's look into how to make a Dew Rag for yourself or as a gift or Birthday present for a friend or loved one. The Christian Dew rags make a great Christmas gift.
Dew Rag Pattern materials you will need to learn how to make a dew rag:
- Sewing Machine
- 40 inches of Fabric
Print the Dew Rag Pattern
Please read these Christian Dew Rag Pattern directions before downloading.
The dew rag pattern fits on three pieces of standard or A4 copy paper.
the free Dew Rag pattern here.
Note: The sewing instructions on how to make a dew rag are not
included on the pattern itself, they are only on this page.
Print out the dew rag pattern. Cut out the dew rag 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 point B.
Cutting the Fabric to learn how to make a 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.
This pattern allows for ½ 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 lines.
Clip ½ inch along the dotted line from the edge of the fabric
to the dot labeled C.
Sewing the Dew Rag
Note: While learning how to make a dew rag, if you believe
that the wearer of your new dew rag has a rather large head, you may
want to wait until you sew the two side seams together and give it a
try on before applying an applique because it may need some extra
fabric that will go smack dab underneath where the applique goes.
However, if you believe that the recipient of this Dew Rag has a
fairly normal sized noodle and you would like to add an applique to
your Dew Rag pattern, 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 do rag design. A contrasting
fabric will show off your applique nicely.
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 ½ inch seam, locking the stitching at
both ends. Repeat with the other side. Now is the best time to try
your do rag on for size.
Put in on inside out and if it is too large, pin it where you want
your new seam line to be. Carefully now! Sew new side seam lines
where you pinned, remembering to lock the stitching at both ends and
you're ready to continue experiencing how to make a dew rag.
If your dew rag is too small you can cut out a piece of fabric the
length of the dew rag from the tip of the tail to the middle of the
forehead (point F on your pattern piece) and add a strip of fabric
the length of the cut and whatever width it will take to make it big
enough. Take into consideration that you will be sewing two ½
inch seams to add in the extra fabric and your tail point will now be
squared off (well, flattened with angles). Remember to lock the ends
of your stitching. If you want to add an applique, now is the easiest
Zig-zag or overcast the edges of the seams.
~~~ A day hemmed in prayer, seldom unravels. ~~~
Side/Back Hem: Turn the fabric under ½ inch from C to D
turning seam AB toward the side piece and finger press (crease the
fold with your fingernail).
Turn under ½ 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 end.
Tail Hem: Fold fabric under and press along fold line at the
tip of the tail.
Fold under ½ inch from tip of tail to point E on each side and
press. Fold under ½ inch again from tip of tail to point E on
each side and press.
~~~ Lord, grant me that I may see to stitch until my dying day. And
when my last short thread is clipped and scissors tucked away - The
work that I have done live on, that other folks may see - The
pleasure that I have known, Lord, in the skill you gave to me. ~~~
This creates a nice finished tip on the tail. Turn the fabric under
¼ inch from point E on one side of the tail to point C and
press. Notice that the entire side of the dew rag is flipped over.
Turn under again and press.
Now flip the side of the dew rag 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 hem.
This will save your hands from getting stabbed with pins while you're
trying to learn how to make a dew rag and 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
~~~ While stitching threads with gentle care, I pray this humble
little prayer, that with this work the world may see, the beauty in
Band and Ties: Turn under ½ inch on the two short ends
of the band and ties piece and press. Turn under ½ 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.
Pin right side of band and ties piece to wrong side of dew rag, 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.
Stitch ½ inch seam from point D on one side to point D on the
other side, locking the stitching at both ends.
Turn under ½ 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
~~~ A stitch in time, saves nine. ~~~
The completed dew rag.
Now you know how to make a dew rag with this dew rag pattern. If you
know someone who would like this, please pass on a link to this Dew
Rag pattern or feel free to include a link on your website.
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