How to add a Thumb hole cuff to any shirt

Add a thumb hole cuff to any shirt

Thumb hole cuffs are addictive. You’ve been warned, you’re going to want to add these to all of your shirts.

Add a thumb hole cuff to any shirt

image via Gracious Threads- Pattern Grown Up Thumbs Up by OUSM Designs

Today we’re sharing a video we made when we released the kid’s Thumb Up Tee. The video walks through the portion of the pattern that creates the thumb hole cuff. Whether you have the pattern or not this tutorial will show you how to create a completely enclosed and finished thumb hole cuff.

Are you ready to give it a whirl?

You’ll need:

*the video instructions below

*a cuff pattern (if you have the Thumbs up Tee you can use that. Want to make a grown up cuff? The Grown up Thumbs Up tee is coming on the 19th!)

Don’t have the pattern? Cut a rectangle 80% the width of the sleeve you will be attaching it to, by twice the desired finished height of the cuff + your seam allowance.

Go add thumb hole cuffs to everything! Keep your eyes open we’re releasing the Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee March 19th. Follow us here or on Etsy to make sure not to miss it. The Grown Up version will feature a shirt length, tunic length, long sleeve, short sleeve, standard hem, banded hem, neckband and a funnel neck option. Here are a few sneak peaks….

Grown Up Thumbs Up Shirt OUSM Designs Grown Up Thumbs Up Shirt OUSM Designs Grown Up Thumbs Up Shirt OUSM Designs
{ 10 comments… add one }
  • sewing princess March 12, 2015, 8:10 am

    this is so cool and useful! thanks so much for sharing! I love the sleeve detail…and of course the ingenious thumb hole!

  • Kristina & Millie March 15, 2015, 8:57 am

    awesome video! such a great idea, these thumbholes in shirts is so popular now days with all age groups! This is so much neater than just making a hole too 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to share with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  • Sarah R. March 15, 2015, 7:58 pm

    How cool!!! I love this!! Appreciate you linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  • Reiland November 10, 2015, 10:23 pm

    Your tutorial is absolutely fantastic!!! I’ve been wanting to add thumb hole cuffs to several tops and dresses I’m making, and just couldn’t puzzle it out by looking at my ready-to-wear items with thumb holes. Thank you SO much for such amazing instructions! 🙂

  • Pascalle June 21, 2016, 11:17 am

    Thank you so much for this clever tutorial! Seeing that tricky middle step on video was so helpful – I don’t think I could have got it from images alone.

  • josey September 30, 2016, 12:10 am

    Thank you so much for this! It took me three tries to get two cuffs but I got ’em! So cozy now.

  • Kristina Pelfree October 11, 2020, 1:49 pm

    Where is the gray, purple, long sleeve shirt from?!?

Leave a Comment