How do you cut and sew thumb-holes into sleeves?

Ive never had a top with thumb-holes so ive not seen how they are done but have always liked long sleeves and think thumb-holes are a good idea and want to add them to my long-sleeved tops!

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I just did this and I just went for it. It was cotton (not knitted). I just pulled the sleeves up to where I'd want them to stay, see where the base of my thumb is and cut there. Make sure the hole is big enough to fit the bigger, bottom portion of your thumb as well. I personally like the raw edges but I'm not much of a sewer so I don't know what stitch you would use to fix it.

If it's a chunky sweater, you can simply unravel the end of the seam and open the seam up from the edge about four inches. Tie the new end of the seam securely, run the thread up one side of the open hole area and then sew up the top section (about an inch) again. I just did that a few minutes ago, works great.

People make those recycled sweater gauntlets by using real wool sweaters which have been felted (shrunk). You can cut felted wool and it won't become unknit around the holes because the fabric is so tightly bonded to itself.
jand8 years ago
If you have a sewing machine and know how to use it, you just make a large buttonhole with the machine, cut it open (just as you would for a garment) and presto, you're done.
randofo8 years ago
Normally, from what I can tell, my girlfriend just takes a pair of scissors and cuts holes. If you actually want to prevent your shirt from coming further apart, get matching thread and go around the edge of the hole with a buttonhole stitch (just Google buttonhole stitch).
caitlinsdad8 years ago
I think you would make it like a big buttonhole. Maybe use bias tape to go around it for reinforcement or else a hem of some sort with a stretch stitch. It definitely needs to be trimmed out in some way to keep it from fraying and guard against constant wear and pulling. Good luck.