How to Make a Buttondown Shirt Cuff with Placket

on June 30 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 19 Comments

Kathie from Ramonster does it again! Now that you know how to make a fantastic collar with a collar stand, you can perfect the details of your next buttondown shirt with the help of Kathie’s shirt cuff how-to.

1. Start with your sleeve piece laying flat.

The piece I’m working on in this tutorial has an added placket yoke, which is just a decorative addition.

Sleeve placket pieces.

2. Transfer the markings from the pattern pieces to mark where you’ll be cutting.

3. Match markings on sleeve and sleeve placket.

4. Stitch 1/4″ on either side of marking.

5. Clip in between your two lines of stitching.

6. Flip placket to the front of the shirt, and iron raw edges in.

7. Stitch placket in place.

8. Pin one cuff piece onto the edge of your sleeve, leaving a 5/8″ flap hanging over the edge of each side of your sleeve placket.

9. Stitch cuff piece to edge of sleeve.

10. Match the bottom edge of your inner cuff piece with the edge of your sleeve and the bottom edge of the outer cuff piece you’ve just sewn together.

11. Starting around two inches from the bottom outer edge of the cuff/sleeve/cuff sandwich, stitch toward the edge just until you can feel that you’ve sewn off the edge of the sleeve.

12. Pivot and continue sewing around the rest of the cuff, keeping the length of the sleeve out of the way of your stitching.

This is what it looks like once you’ve sewn all around the edge of the cuff,
starting two inches in on the bottom edge, and finishing in two inches on the bottom edge.

13. Trim edges.

14. Turn cuff right side out and turn the raw edge of the inner cuff in. Edge stitch, then topstitch to finish.

The finished cuff/placket!

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19 Responses to How to Make a Buttondown Shirt Cuff with Placket

  1. Really cool blog, many thanks for a cool article and Happy new year! Let 2011 be a good one for you 🙂

  2. Trish B. says:

    That looks hard…

  3. Christine says:

    Nice shirt!

  4. Rochelle says:

    Can’t wait for the 4th of July guests to leave so I can get back to sewing and try this one!!

  5. corinne says:

    this is awesome. could you all do one for a neckline placket too? i’m thinking of not the polo front placket, but the kind that goes in the back? i’m dying to make my daughter a dress (and me too one of these days) and i can’t figure out how to do the back placket. thanks!

  6. Millie says:

    Thanks so much for the easy instructions for a task that has seemed daunting. Now I hope to be able to add this kind of detail, which I have avoided until now.

  7. susan hwang says:

    this is definitely advanced stuff. i will have to practice doing a regular button sleeve before attempting this one.. thanks for the tutorial though!

  8. Joanna says:

    Thank you for the tutorials. This one makes it look easy.

  9. Sara says:

    fancy shmancy!! Directions are clear, but may be a little too advanced for this gal!

  10. Krystina says:

    This is such a great tutorial. Very useful.

  11. Rebecca says:


  12. qsogirl says:

    This blog is a gold-mine for techniques like this. Thank you again for another clearly illustrated tutorial!

  13. sy says:

    that looks neat. i want to try it out.

  14. Wendy says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I’ve always loved the western pearlized snaps!

  15. Kari says:

    wow. this is great! Thanks!!

  16. Tong says:

    Great tutorial!

  17. Andi says:

    Wow! That looks great! I have never attempted to sew a cuff before but these directions make me think that maybe I could do it!

  18. I always wondered how to do this. Thanks for the great information! Happy Sewing! 🙂

  19. Doris says:

    These tutorials are all just great!

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