How to Make Frill Cuffs

Updated February 21, 2017

Add a feminine touch to a tailored suit with frilled cuffs. Satin and silk, in solids or prints, are good choices for the fabric. Sew frill cuffs to the sleeves of a jacket and finish the edge of a rectangle of matching fabric to make a matching scarf. Tuck the scarf inside the jacket's neckline to create the effect that you are wearing a blouse under the jacket. Frills can also be added to the cuffs of a blouse.

Measure the distance around the sleeve of the garment and multiply it by two. This will be the length of the fabric for your frill. Calculate the width of the fabric by multiplying the desired width of the frill by two and adding an inch.

Cut a rectangle of fabric for each frill, using the measurements you calculated.

Lay a rectangle of fabric on the table with the right side of the fabric up. Fold the fabric in half by bringing the short sides of the rectangle together. Sew these sides together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. press the seam open. This will make a ring of fabric.

Fold the ring of fabric in half by bringing the long edges of the fabric together with the right side of the fabric out. Iron the fold.

Sew around the ring 1/2-inch from the raw edges with a long stitch length. Sew around the ring again in the seam allowance, 1/4 inch from the first seam. You are basting the edge so that you can gather it.

Pull up the bobbin threads until the ring fits the cuff of the garment. Adjust the gathers evenly. Zigzag or overcast the gathered edge of the frill to hold the gathers in place.

Sew the frill to the end of the sleeve. The edge of the sleeve should be aligned with the top row of gathering stitches. If you are adding the frill to a coat sleeve, hand stitch it to the lining so the stitches will not show. If you are sewing it to a blouse use two rows of machine stitching to attach to frill to the cuff, one 1/8 inch from the edge of the cuff and one 3/8 inch from the edge.


Use a row of small snaps to attach the cuff to the sleeve if you want to make removable cuffs. Make several sets of cuffs and scarves is different styles and fabrics and you can create the effect of having a wardrobe of blouses.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.