DIY Survivor Buff

I’m popping in today with a quick tutorial for my favorite summer or just really-need-a-shower hair accessory and the fastest sewing project you will ever undertake.  Introducing, the DIY Survivor Buff:

Creative Counselor: DIY Survivor Buff

Yeah, I didn’t know they were called Survivor Buffs either until someone mentioned it on Facebook one time.  I just knew that my friend had this awesome lightweight jersey headpiece that REI was selling for about $20.  I looked at it, realized it was just an unhemmed tube of cotton jersey fabric, and said, “Dude, I can totally make that.”

Now usually when I say that, it’s much easier said than done and sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t.  But this project really was that easy!  One square of fabric, a single seam, and BOOM, your very own DIY survivor buff.  Make one in about 5 minutes.  In an hour, you get a dozen!

Creative Counselor: DIY Survivor Buff

So if you want to make 1 or 1 for every day of the summer, I’m going to tell you how!

How to Make a DIY Buff:

  1.  Choose your fabric.  For this, I like a lightweight jersey with NO spandex in it.  That’s right, I said NO spandex.  So if you have a 100% cotton or rayon jersey sitting around that, this is the perfect project to break it out.  I say no spandex because the circumference of the buff should be a little smaller than your head so that it won’t fall off.  If the fabric has spandex, it will constantly want to recover and pull back to its original shape, which gets tight and uncomfortable after a while.  A jersey without spandex should stretch out nicely to fit your head comfortably.
  2. Cut your fabric.  For this project, you will need a single square of fabric that is 21″ wide and 18″ tall.  The stretch goes width-wise.  So your fabric square looks like this:
  3. Creative Counselor: DIY Survivor BuffFold the short ends of your fabric, right sides together:Creative Counselor: DIY Survivor Buff
  4. Sew along the short (18″) side of your fabric.  There’s no need to serge this seam, but I do think it’s faster.  Secure the ends:
  5. Creative Counselor: DIY Survivor BuffTurn it right side out and put it on!  See, I told you it was the fastest sewing project ever!

Creative Counselor: DIY Survivor Buff

Creative Counselor: DIY Survivor Buff

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