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Sewing a thumb-hole cuff on a knit shirt or top

Christine Jonson Patterns

Crafting a thumb-hole cuff on a knit shirt or top is a popular addition to both active wear and casual tops. We show you a completely unique, and foolproof way to craft this thumb-hole cuff, in our tutorial.

 See this pretty cuff? It's easy to sew and offers your thumb more room to move than merely leaving space in the side seam for your thumb to emerge.

See this pretty cuff? It's easy to sew and offers your thumb more room to move than merely leaving space in the side seam for your thumb to emerge.

The thumb cuff in ready-to-wear and sewing patterns usually consists of leaving an extra-long sleeve with an opening in the side seam. Though, this presents a challenge, as the hole left in the side seam usually gaps open or pulls against your thumb if your arms are longer than average. The thumb cuff is an ingenious way to craft this, and add on an easy-to-sew method for keeping your hands warm and your fingers mobile. 

A video tutorial is available here: Thumb Cuff Tutorial in the Facebook Group Christine Jonson Sewing Circle

Download the Thumb Cuff Tutorial