March 12, 2020

Fuller Cardigan Sewalong Day 4: Sew Cuffs and Buttons

We’ve made it to the last day of our Fuller Cardigan sewalong! Last time, we attached our facing and finished the hem. Today, we’ll be attaching the cuffs and sewing our buttonholes and buttons!

If you’re just joining us, head over to the main Fuller sewalong page to get a ton of inspo as well as tips and tricks for choosing your size and prepping your pattern and fabric.

As a reminder, I’m using a gray sweater knit for View A and olive ponte for View B. Today’s steps are similar for both views, so I’ll be switching back and forth a bit. And I’m using contrast thread so you can see what I’m doing, but you should use coordinating thread.

Okay, let’s get started!

Attach the Cuffs

Take one of the cuff pieces and fold it in half right sides together, with the two notches matching up. Pin along this edge.

You can serge that seam, but I prefer sewing it on a machine. That way, I can press the seam allowances apart and reduce bulk at that seam. Either way works!

Now fold the cuff in half, wrong sides together. To do this, you flip one side of the cuff right side out while keeping the other side inside out, aligning the raw edges. Press.

There we have it! A sleeve cuff.

Let’s do the same with the other cuff.

If you’re sewing View B, the sleeve cuffs are a bit narrower for a more delicate look.

Now we can attach the cuffs to the sleeves. With the sleeve right side out, slide one of the cuffs over the sleeve and align the raw edges (all three layers). PIn.

Let’s sew through all those layers. I usually sew it on a sewing machine first, and then check that I’ve sewn through all the layers without any tucks before finishing the edge with the serger. But you can sew directly on the serger if you’re feeling confident.

Flip the cuff out and press. Let’s do the same with the other sleeve and cuff.

Nice work! Here’s how it’ll look if you’re sewing up View B.

Sew Buttonholes and Buttons

This is the final step and then we’re done with our cardis!

Using the button template, mark the placement of the buttonholes. If you’re sewing View B, don’t forget that there’s a button on the hem band.

Sew the buttonholes and carefully cut them open. Line up the two sides and mark the placement of the buttons, then sew them on either by hand or on your machine.

How gorgeous is that new cardi?! And cozy too.

That’s a wrap for our Fuller Cardigan sewalong! If you have any questions about any of the steps, feel free to drop them in a comment below and we’ll be happy to help.

Loving your new Fuller? Be sure to tag us in your photos and use the hashtag #FullerCardigan on social media. And if you’re ready for your next adventure, you can try our Fuller sweater hack here!

Let me know what you think!