Did you buy a sweater and wish it had thumbholes? Let’s fix that! Read more for a tutorial on how to add thumbholes to a store-bought sweater – no sewing machine required!
I have a few ready-to-wear sweaters and long sleeve shirts in my closet that I bought a couple years ago. I love them, but one of my main complaints is that I wish they all had thumbholes! For me, they are a necessary feature for all my sweaters. Not only do they keep my hands warm and cozy, but somehow they make me feel safe and less anxious.
I recently recorded a sewing hack tutorial on how to add thumbholes to the cuff of any sweater sewing pattern, but it’s mainly for sewists making a sweater from scratch. What about those thumbhole-less sweaters already in our closet? What about everyone else longing for them in their sweaters who either aren’t sewing enthusiasts or don’t own a sewing machine?
Since not everyone can or wants to make a sweater from scratch, I decided to whip up a quick tutorial on how to add thumbholes to any store-bought sweater or long sleeve shirt. This tutorial is SUPER beginner friendly and doesn’t require a machine, so it’s fairly accessible to do and only takes about an hour to complete.
Thumbhole Sweater Tutorial
- Hand Sewing Needle
- Thread Snips
- Measuring Ruler / Tool / Tape (this one’s my fave!)
- Seam Ripper
- Fabric Marker / Chalk
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