Is The Buff a big thing internationally?
In Sweden this versatile tube scarf is huge. I first heard about it a few years ago from a colleague who is a runner – he raved about his “buff” and showed me what it was. All I could see was a tubular knit, hardly an innovation, but then of course I started to see them everywhere. And a little while ago my eldest daughter looked through my fabric stash and said she wanted a buff (she is a very outdoorsy type). I think I promised her that I would, then forgot, but last Friday she reminded me and said she was in dire need of a buff for fall.
So I googled frantically to find the measurements. Turns out it is basically a square if you would cut it open. For the standard size buff the finished measurements are 50 cm x 24.5 cm/20 by 9 inches. After some more consideration I decided to go with the women slim fit version instead (47.5 cm x 22.5 cm/18.7″by 8.8″) .
The only drawback with DIY:ing the buff is that the homemade version has a side seam which might rub I guess. So I decided to do a flatlock instead which is pretty much rub free (hence why it is so popular in workout clothes). I also did a quick tutorial on how I made the buff – not exactly rocket science, but here you go!
Sewing a buff – a pictorial
- A stretchy knit with good recovery (a lycra jersey or rib knit is recommended). The piece should be about 50×50 cm (~20×20 inches).
- A rotary cutter
- A serger set up for a flatlock seam
Since my daughter was away doing outdoorsy stuff with her new school I had to model the buff myself. I did try to persuade my younger kid to model it, but she didn’t think the buff was a good look for her, Oh well. Have a nice weekend, you all!