Adding thumbhole cuffs to the Sloane Sweater

by | October 23, 2017

Pattern hacking thumbhole cuffs to the Sloane Sweater

What could make the newly re-designed Sloane Sweater even better? The Sloane is already packed with options like a hood, pocket and elbow patches… what’s missing? The answer to that is thumbhole cuffs!

thumbhole hack with love notions

When I first started researching the best way to add thumbholes I found a lot of tutorials already out there. Most of them are a little fiddly. This method involves topstitching but is still an EASY and clean-cut process.

And, to make this tutorial even more of a breeze, I’m giving you a free pattern piece made especially for this hack. No need to get out the tape measure, the math is done for you. Click here to download the ladies Sloane Thumbhole Cuff pattern piece. And click here to download the Girls Sloane Thumbhole Cuff pattern piece. Note that for the girls version, you will need to select your desired size in the layers menu to see the correct pattern markings.

First things first

Cut two cuffs using the pattern piece linked above. Use pins or a fabric marker to transfer the markings.

free thumbhole cuff pattern

Fold the cuff right sides together. Straight stitch along the markings at the top, bottom and middle. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and ending of the line of stitching. The empty spaces will become the thumbholes.

Open up the seam allowances and press flat.

Fold the cuff over onto itself, with the wrong sides together. Adjust it so the thumbholes are aligned.

Use a couple of straight pins to secure the opening.

thumbhole hack foldingCarefully topstitch along each seam side, about 1/4″ away from the edge. Consider using a contrasting thread to add even more detail. Alternatively, use matching thread so the topstitching blends in.

topstitched thumbholes

Finally, to add extra support at the stress points, work a bar-tack at each end of the thumbhole.

Now, sew your cuff to the sleeve hem, matching up the sleeve seam to the cuff seam.

That’s all there is to it. You can use this method to pretty much any cuff! Try it with the Whistler, Vanguard or Samson.

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  1. Spinkston0713

    Love thumb holes!


  2. E

    I can’t wait to try this on some of hubby’s shirts!


  3. Elise

    Pretty straightforward!


  4. Ilyse

    I love thumbholes, but agree that many of the tutorials out there are a lot of fiddling. I can’t wait to try this out!!


  5. Jennie

    I love the thumbhole hack… I have hacked patterns to add thumbhole many times since I love them! This way of doing thumbholes is a little different than I have done before.


  6. Bekah Southern

    Cannot wait to try this!


  7. Jayne Dough

    I love thumbhole cuffs. They are some of my favorite things.
    I’ve been wanting to try knits for so, so long! This prize would be an amazing blessing!!


  8. Brenda Kalteck

    Awesome, I live thumbholes! I will definitely use this hack. I am always hacking little things here and there for different looks and fits. Love it!


  9. Donita

    This is handy to add to ANY long-sleeved tee! Thanks for the tutorial!


  10. jleko

    I love this, I have never tired a hack like this and am looking forward to how it comes out.


  11. Lynn Maxwell

    I have hacked patterns together to get the features I want and added pockets where there were no pockets — I’ve never added a thumbhole cuff though.


  12. Sandy J

    I can’t wait to try this!!


  13. Bonnijean

    I change up patterns all the time. I haven’t done any modifications to a Love Notions pattern. Yet.


  14. Wynell Thomas

    I love the thumb holes


  15. Beck

    I love a good pattern hack! My favourite hack at the moment is to add fancy sleeves.


  16. ashley k

    love this


  17. Sandra Heath

    my daughter will love this and I`m going to put it on a Whistler that I want to make for her!


  18. Brittney Renee

    This seems a lot easier than I had originally thought! Super quick hack. 🙂


  19. Judith

    I love this sweatshirt… I am curious I am looking for a nursing sweatshirt. I am fairly new to sewing. Is there a way to hack this maybe add a front panel to make this work. thanks. Or do you have a nursing sweatshirt pattern. thank you


  20. Patricia J Clements

    Congratulations Connie. The Juki 654D Serger is great. My serger is a Juki 654 DE and it is wonderful.



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Meet Tami

My passion is to design user-friendly, digital sewing patterns that help you create the modern, comfortable clothes that will become your wardrobe staples. Whether you are a master sewist or a complete novice, my goal is for you to enjoy the entire sewing process from the time you click “download” until the wearer is twirling around in the final fitting.