Posted on Leave a comment

Elastic Cuff Tutorial Hack

Elastic Cuff Hack

Create an elastic cuff with our quick and easy tutorial and transform your handmade garments!

Thank you to Roxan for creating this elastic cuff hack tutorial for our Below the Kōwhai sewing community.

To see more of Roxan’s beautiful sewing visit @sew_hookedwithbaking on Instagram.

Elastic Cuff Hack Tutorial

Shown in this tutorial:
5mm (1/4″) braided elastic in a double turned hem (on the Tipa Dungarees).

Fold under seam allowance


Fold under the seam allowance on desired cuff:

You may need to differ from the tutorial to ensure you have enough width to thread your chosen elastic through.

[See our blog post on using different elastic types]

For example, the bottom hem of the Tipa Dungarees is a 10mm (3/8″) double fold hem.

For this elastic cuff we turned the original 10mm (3/8″), and then turned again 15mm (1/2″) to create a slightly wider casing to thread the elastic through.

Seam allowance


Top stitch around edge of turned hem.

Start and stop at the inside seam, leaving a 25mm (1″) opening.

Thread elastic through casing


Measure elastic around ankle or wrist so that it feels secure, but not tight.

Add an additional 20mm (3/4″) to this measurement (for seam allowance).

Use a bodkin or safety pin to thread elastic length through the casing.

Go slowly to ensure the elastic does not twist inside casing.

Tip: Add a pin to the end so it doesn’t pull through the casing when things start to get taut!

Sew elastic for cuff


With right sides together, zig zag the elastic ends together with a 10mm (3/8″) seam allowance.

Stretch the casing so that the seam allowance pops inside.

Top stitch the opening closed.

Elastic cuff hack

We are looking forward to seeing your elastic cuff hacks on all the Below the Kōwhai garments! Try them on the Tipa Dungarees, Pai Shorts, Kauri Dress sleeves and Kea Top sleeves!

When you’re finished, jump into our VIP Community on facebook to share your Makes and celebrate with us!

Love and happy sewing,

Sophie x

Leave a Reply