How to Make a Doo Rag Pattern

    by Brenda Priddy

    About the Author

    Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.


    A doo rag is a type of head covering that is fitted around the head and has two long sides and a back tail. The long sides pull back around the head and tie around the tail for a fitted and unusual head covering. This style of head gear is most often seen on young people, although some older women also wear this style of head covering. Making a doo rag pattern is a very simple process. The entire project should take less than one afternoon or morning to complete.

    Things You'll Need

    • Doo rag
    • Seam ripper
    • Iron
    • Pattern paper
    • Pencil
    • Measuring tape
    • Scissors

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    Determine what kind of doo rag you want to make. Some people simply make a doo rag out of a long bandanna or some other piece of fabric, while others have a highly structured and tailored version made up of several different pieces.

    Take the old doo rag and use the seam ripper to rip out all of the stitches. Iron the pieces so that they lay flat.

    Lay the pieces one at a time over pattern paper. Trace the outline of each piece onto the paper. Draw a line around the pattern to mark the sew location on the pattern, and keep track of where pieces should be sewn together. Mark this information on the pattern as well.

    Cut out the pattern with scissors. Make a test version of the doo rag from scrap fabric to ensure that you have all measurements and pieces cut correctly. If not, then adjust the pattern accordingly and cut a new pattern.

    Lay the pattern pieces onto a large sheet of paper. Outline the pieces with pen or marker and add your sewing instructions. Scan the pattern into the computer to save the pattern for future use. That way, when you want to use the pattern, you can simply print it out and cut out the shapes.

    • Alternatively, if you do not have an old doo rag to work will, there are many doo rag patterns online. You can look at these patterns for inspiration for your own pattern. Adjust the measurements as desired to make the doo rag smaller or larger.

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