How To: Sew a Doorag Using the Tommy Sotomayor Durag Pattern

Sew a Doorag Using the Tommy Sotomayor Durag Pattern

How to Sew a Doorag Using the Tommy Sotomayor Durag Pattern

If you have already downloaded and printed the Tommy Sotomayor Designer Durag Pattern, here are the written instructions with accompanying video tutorial.

Step 1: Place the Pattern Pieces onto the Fabric and Cut.

For the tie:

a. Take the top right and bottom right corners of the fabric and fold the fabric over to the left squarely in half.

b. (This step is optional if you would like a stronger double-faced tie.) Now take the two bottom corners of the fabric with your fingers and fold the fabric up squarely to a point just wide enough to accommodate the pattern piece.

c. Place the tie pattern onto the fabric along the bottom and along the right fold according to the instructions indicated on the pattern.

d. Cut out the fabric piece along the other top and left sides. If making a double-faced tie, the resulting fabric piece will be twice as wide and twice as long as the pattern piece.

For the middle head piece:
a. Unfold the remaining fabric and lay it onto the flat surface again.

b.Taking the two bottom corners of the fabric, fold the fabric up to a point just wide enough to accomodate the pattern piece. Since the piece you cut out prior to this one is not a perfect rectangle, be sure the left and right sides of the fabric are lined up.

c. Place the middle head pattern piece onto the fabric along the bottom fold as indicated on the pattern piece.

d. Cut out the fabric along the remaining lines of the pattern. You are cutting through two layers of fabric. The resulting fabric piece will be a symmetrical mirror image twice as wide as the pattern piece.

For the side head piece.

a. Unfold the remaining fabric and lay it onto the flat surface again.

b. Taking the two right corners, fold the fabric squarely in half.

C. To avoid wasting fabric, place the side head piece onto the fabric in the upper left area and cut completely around the pattern piece. You will be cutting through two layers of fabric. The result will be two side head fabric pieces in a mirror image of each other. Note: It is not absolutely necessary at this point to avoid wasting fabric but it is usually desirable since you may later decide to add embellishments.

Step 2: Assemble and Sew the Durag

a. Finish the raw edges of both side head pieces along the short straight side by folding over the edge twice, ironing flat and topstitching.

b. Now,take the side head pieces and place them in front of you on a flat surface with the decorative sides of the fabric face up. The short straight sides should on the outsides and the long straight sides on the nearest you.

c. Take the middle head piece and place it face down in between the side head pieces with the short flat edge nearest to you and the tail at the top.

d. place the short edge of the tail along the long bottom edge of the side head piece so that the corners line up at the bottom left.

e. Maneuver the right edge of the tail piece and line it up with the arc of the side head piece, pinning it as you go, until you reach the end of the arc. The tail end will not be pinned. It will remain free.

f. Sew the pieces together using a ¼"(about 6 or 7 mm) seam allowance.

g. Line up the other side head piece on the opposite side of the tail piece in the same way but in a mirror image of what you just did.

h. Fold the tie in half lengthwise to find the center point. Line up the center point of the front of the cap with the center point of the tie, right sides together. Pin the tie on along the straight edge around the bottom of the cap.

i. Sew the tie on to the cap using a ¼"(about 6 or 7 mm) seam allowance.

j. You will now finish the raw edges by folding them over twice as thinly as possible, ironing them down and topstitching. If you have chosen to make a double-faced tie, you will now fold proceed to fold the tie completely in half lengthwise and topstitching it into place.

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