How to Add a Cuff to a Short Sleeve Tutorial

How to Add a Cuff to a Short Sleeve Tutorial


This week we’re back with a little tutorial on how to alter your pattern sleeves to create natural looking cuffs.

A cuff can add a lot of character to a simple short sleeve and spice up the whole look of a finished garment. However, sewing a cuff doesn’t necessarily mean attaching a folded cuff band. In this tutorial we are going to show you how to create a cuff-looking sleeve in a just a few easy folds.



Fabric of your choice (we are using our beautiful IL042 904 FS Premier Finish 100% linen)

Matching sewing thread



Ruler, scissors, pins, fabric marker, chalk, sewing machine


1 hour




When cutting your pattern pieces, add some additional length to the length of your sleeves. For example, for a finished cuff of 1’’ wide (2.5 cm), add 3” (7.5 cm) to the sleeve: two 1” folds to create the cuff and 1” to account for all the seam allowances.


Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, dry in room temperature. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.

1. Once you have assembled your pattern (shoulder/side seams), turn the bottom raw edge of your sleeves 3/8” towards the wrong side and press.


2. Fold the remaining 2.5” of fabric towards the wrong side (the missing 1/8” is to account for the fold) and press.


3. Starting at the underarm, stitch the first folded 3/8” to the sleeve 1/8” from the fold and remember to backstitch. Press again.


4. Fold the 2.5” in half toward the right side, just a little over the stitch line to hide it under the cuff and press.



5. In order to keep the cuff in place, stitch the cuff to the sleeve in the shoulder and underarm crease. Remember to backstitch.


Et voila! A super easy sleeve cuff that looks great and adds that little bit of extra style to give your handmade garments a more finished look!

Have a browse through our selection of linen and see which of our fabrics inspire you to use your new skill!


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      This tutorial doesn’t have a pattern per se, it’s just a tip on how to alter your existing patterns in order to add a cuff sleeve. And thanks for the comment, glad you like working with our linen!

  1. AmyCat =^.^=

    You may want to note that the entire length of added fabric (for your cuff) PLUS the inch or so at the end of the sleeve (over which the new cuff will sit) should all be STRAIGHT: do NOT “taper” your sleeve pattern! There seems to be a *very* slight tapering of the pattern in your example…

    This would work better to finish a 3/4-length sleeve, where it would be less likely to bind when one’s moving, lifting things, etc. It’d be great on a “peasant blouse” pattern instead of elastic.

    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Judy! This is actually a dress and the pattern will be available on our website in a couple of weeks. But I love the idea of a cuff-sleeve top so I’ll try to make one and share it here some time soon.

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