How to Make a Shirt Cuff Expandable

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How to Make a Shirt Cuff Expandable
You don't need expensive cufflinks to make your shirt cuffs more comfortable. (off the cuff image by Christopher Hall from

While properly tailored clothing fits beautifully, it can cost a small fortune. You can make simple alterations to your own clothing to make garments fit better, without spending a lot of money. One easy alteration that anyone can do will make the cuffs of your cotton shirts much more comfortable to wear. Using a few inexpensive items, add at least an inch to the width of your shirt cuffs, and let your wrists breathe easier.

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Things you need

  • 3 inches of white elastic cording, 1/8 inch thick
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing pins

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  1. 1

    Cut 3 inch cording into two equal pieces, 1½ inches long each.

  2. 2

    Unbutton cuff, and fold one piece of elastic in half. Place the ends of the folded elastic ¼ inch from the edge of the buttonhole side of the cuff, on the inside of the cuff. The elastic should form a loop that extends beyond the edge of the cuff by about ½ inch. Pin in place.

  3. 3

    Sew the elastic to the cuff by sewing both over the top of the elastic and through the middle of the elastic. Do not push the needle all the way through to the other (outside) of the cuff, so that your stitches will be invisible from the outside.

  4. 4

    Use the elastic as a button loop to connect the two sides of the cuff together.

  5. 5

    Repeat on the other cuff.

Tips and warnings

  • For dark-coloured shirts, buy black elastic cording instead of white.
  • If you want the cuff even larger, try moving the button closer to the edge of the cuff. Be sure to stitch the button down flat (instead of on the very edge of the cuff) so that the button loop will not pull loose.
  • To make the now-unused original buttonhole less visible, whipstitch the edges of the buttonhole together to close it.

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