How to Sew Your Own Tubular Bandana

by Christina Sloane ; Updated September 28, 2017

Wear a tubular bandana as a headband, tube top or neck wrap.

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Tubular bandanas or buffs, popularized by the reality show “Survivor,” are versatile, stretchy, tube-shaped cloth accessories suitable for use as headbands, neck wraps, wristbands or tube tops. Though traditionally woven into a seamless tube, you can make a similar accessory by sewing a piece of patterned, stretchy fabric. Tubular bandanas are useful for absorbing sweat and keeping wind out of your ears, eyes and nostrils.

Items you will need

  • Polyester or any stretchy, breathable fabric
  • Rotary mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
Step 1

Cut a piece of polyester fabric into a square, using a rotary mat and cutter. The buffs used in “Survivor” are 18-by-18 inches, but you can cut your bandana larger or smaller to fit your needs.

Step 2

Fold the fabric in half with the wrong side out. Pin the long edges of the fabric together, using straight pins.

Step 3

Sew the fabric along the pinned edge using a zigzag stitch for stretchiness. Turn the tube inside out before wearing.

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About the Author

Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.