An “Eleanor” in a Tribal Print with Fold-up Cuffs Added




This is my probably my favorite version yet! I picked up this sweater knit from Jo-anns for a great price. I actually bought a ton of it because it is really soft on the inside and is surprisingly holding up pretty well through some washings. It was super static-y when I bought it but after a few washes it isn't quite so much. Anyways, the kiddos will also be getting some pj pants or shirts out of this to wear on Christmas Eve.

So for this version I used the mid-thigh length (for me it's my favorite!), size Large, and the long sleeve. Now, again to note with the pattern I made the sleeves fairly long in order for you to customize your sleeve length to exactly where you want it. I personally loathe sleeves that are too short and hate finding out after I already cut them out that they are too short or they shrink up after washing. I am also a big sleeve scruncher (I probably made that word up…), but I like have a lot of fabric to scrunch up on my arms so that it looks intentional hence the extra long sleeve in the pattern.

  Close up cuff

Let's add the cuff to our sleeve! I made mine fold up, but I will also tell you how to add the cuff where it doesn't fold. In your instructions, we are on the hemming step, page 8.

For the Fold-up Cuff

Try on your cardigan and determine your desired finished sleeve length either cuff or use a pin to mark. Add a 1/2" below the mark (that's your seam allowance and cut both sleeves off) I find it best to mark each sleeve and look in a mirror to make sure they are even. Cut off excess sleeve at wrist. For this cardigan I ended up taking 2" off.

Measure your wrist opening and add 1" to accommodate for seam allowance. Next, cut 2 pieces from your cuff fabric (feel free to mix and match or use ribbing) the wrist opening with 1" added x 4". For mine it was 11.5" x 4"

Cuff Assembly

Next, fold your cuff in half right sides together with the short edges lined up. Sew down the short edge with a 1/2" seam allowance and serge or mock over-lock the seam allowance to finish the edges. Then fold your cuff wrong sides together lining up the raw edges. You now have one cuff ready to attach to your sleeve, repeat the process with the remaining cuff.

Cuff assembly

Attaching the Cuff to the Sleeve

Take your sleeve wrong side out and place the cuff over the sleeve with the raw edges lining up. Pin. Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance and then serge or mock over-lock the seam allowance to finish the edges. Repeat with remaining up and turn right side out. It will look like the picture below right. Then simply fold up the cuff.

Attaching cuff

For a Flat Cuff

Follow the same process except you need to cut 1 1/2" above your desired length (if using a finished 1 1/2" cuff). Measure your wrist opening add 1" and then cut your cuffs.  Use that measurement and cut 2 pieces the wrist opening with 1" added x 4". Repeat all the same steps as above until you get to attaching the cuff to the sleeve.

Once you are at the Attaching the Cuff to Sleeve step you need to turn your cardigan/sleeve rights sides out before attaching the cuff. The repeat the same process. Your seam will end up on the the inside of the sleeve and your cuff will stay flat. You can also top-stitching along the sleeve side edge catching the seam allowance as you sew. The same process as when you attached the collar.


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