01 of 09
Materials Needed to Sew Your Own Helmet Liner
My husband is not a biker so the idea of him wearing a do-rag seemed a bit far fetched. He does wear a hard hat though and it is hot in the summer, as well as be cold in the winter. Where my husband works the guys improvise to make the situation more comfortable.The summer heat usually has the sweat rolling in their eyes so he asked me to make him some kind of kind of headwear that would absorb some of the sweat and prevent it from rolling into his eyes. He's conservative so any do-rags that... we found were a bit on the wild side for him... as usual, the solution is to make it myself! Next step... fleece hard hat liners for the cooler weather.
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- Print out the Helmet liner pattern
- 1/2 yard of 45" wide fabric - cotton fabric is best for absorbency - Always preshrink your fabric before cutting.
- Thread to match your fabric How to Choose Thread Color to Match Your Sewing Fabric | Is There a Difference in Thread - You be the Judge
- Scrap of terry cloth ( approximately 1" by 9" )
02 of 09
Cutting Out the Helmet Liner
Assemble the Pattern Pieces.
- Assemble the center pattern piece by matching the indicated lines and taping them together
Use the grain lines on the pattern pieces to lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric.
Cutting the fabric
- Cut one of the center pattern pieces
- Cut two of the side pattern piece.
- Cut one piece 21" by 3" on the straight grain (Center Front Band)
- Cut two pieces 10 1/2" by 1 1/2" on the straight grain(Ties)
From the terry cloth
- Cut 1" by 8" (cut one or two layers... depending on how thick and absorbent you want the terry to be.) Serge or zigzag the edges to prevent fraying.
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- Find the color terry cloth you want in inexpensive washcloth packages, rather than buying yardage that you might never use. One box store in my area sells packages of 12 for $4.
- When cutting strips, rotary cutting tools will assure you are cutting straight and squared.
03 of 09
Prepare Front Band
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- Zigzag or serge the edges of the terry cloth.
- Fold the front band in half lengthwise and press fold.
- Find the center of the length of the band and the center of the length of the terry cloth.
- Match the centers with an edge of the terry cloth along the lengthwise fold, just to the back side of the strip of fabric.
- Stitch the terry cloth in place by sewing through one layer of the fabric and the terry cloth, stitching at the edge of the terry cloth.
04 of 09
Prepare The Ties
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- Serge or zigzag three edges of the ties, leaving on short edge un-sewn.
- Press the finished edge to the wrong side of the ties.
- Stitch the finished edge in place, stitching as close to the edge as possible.
05 of 09
Prepare the Ties and Band
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- Lay the right side of the tie, face down on the side of the band that does not have the terry cloth attached as shown in the photo.
- Fold the right sides of the front band together, enclosing the tie.
- Stitch across the ends using a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Turn the band right sides out and press with the length of the band folded in half.
- Optional - Baste the raw edges together.
06 of 09
Join Side and Center Sections
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- Place the curved edge to the center section, pointed end to the front, as shown in the photo.
- "Stretch" the side section edge to fit the center section edge and pin it in place.
- Sew them together using a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Apply a seam finish.
- Press toward the side sections.
- Repeat for the other side section.
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08 of 09
Attach the Band to the Body of the Do-Rag
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- Find the center of the length of the band and mark it.
- Find the center of the front edge of the center section and mark it.
- Match the center markings keeping the band folded, matching the right side of the body of the liner with the non-terry cloth edge of the band. Leave 3/8" of the end of the body of the liner uncovered by the band for a hemmed edge of the body of the liner.
- Sew the band to the body of the liner using a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Apply a seam finish to the seam.
- Press the seam... allowance toward the body of the liner.
09 of 09
- Apply a seam finish or serge the back edge of the body of the liner.
- Press the edge to the wrong side of the fabric and stitch the hem in place.