WELCOME TO DAY 4 OF THE SEW ALONG!
Need to catch up?
Today may be my favorite day. I’m going to show you a modification to add thumb holes to your sleeve cuffs! My daughter is always asking for shirts with thumb pockets in them and this seemed like a perfect pattern to add them to. I have to admit I like having them on my tops as well. (Please note these photos are from the first top I made with the thumb holes, so I hadn’t decided to add length to the cuffs yet. Your cuffs should be longer!)
Grab one of your cuff pieces.
1. With right sides together fold the cuff in half so the width is together. Sew up each of the length sides.
2. Fold the cuff in half so the length sides are together. We are going to figure out the size we need for the thumb holes. For my daughters size 5 top I measured 1/2 inch from the folded edge of the cuff. I cut a small slit in the seam allowance to mark this spot. Next I measured 1 1/2 inches from the first cut for the opening for the thumb. I cut another slit in the seam allowance to mark this. For the adult version I made the thumb holes 2 inches long and left 1 inch at the top.
3. Open up the cuff and with right sides together, line up the seams. You will be stitching in the ditch from open edge to the first notch you made. Then sew from the next notch to the folded edge of the cuff. If you want you can place pins where the notches are to help you find them easier for sewing.
4. Take the cuff and fold wrong sides together. You will now have your cuff with the thumb holes.
5. I ran a small zig zag stitch back over the top stitch I had sewn to help reinforce it.
6. Next I used the first step of my settings for a button hole to reinforce the edges of the hole. You could also you a small zig zag stitch for this as well.
7. Attach the sleeve to the cuff just like in step 14. You want the seams to line up.
Easy Peasy right!