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How To Sew or Mend A Cuff Tutorial: The Quick Way

My husband's cuff started coming undone so I thought I'd teach you how to sew a cuff while I was mending them. This is the quick "sew it with your basic sewing machine" way. No handstitching around here if I can get away with it. I'll tell you up front that because this is a mend, the lines are already ironed. You'll still be able to understand how to sew a cuff though.
1. Determine how long you want your pants to be. Read more on marking a hem.
2. Mark four lines on the outside of the pants. For men's pants, it's most common to mark every 1 1/4" or 1 1/2". For women's cuffs, you can do almost any width you want. For these pants I marked every 1 1/2".
The first line you mark is the hem line. This line determines the finished length of the pants. The next line down is the 1st fold line. The third line you mark is the 2nd fold line. The last line you mark is the cut line which is where you'll cut off any excess. The distance to the cut line can be a little bit shorter if you'd like, but don't cut it any closer than 1/2". (You can see that my lines are already ironed.)
3. Cut on the cut line. Finish the edge. (Since mine is a mend, it was already serged.)
4. Fold the pants on the first fold line.
outside of the pants                                                                            inside of the pants
5. Pin.
6. Sew 1/8" to 1/4" away from the edge with a regular stitch all the way around. If you don't have the exact color thread, than for medium to light colors go with a lighter color thread and for medium to dark colors go with a darker color thread. (Your pants are still right side out as you sew.)
It should look like this from the outside when you're done.
7. Fold the hem up at the second fold line. It will correspond with the hem line. I am pointing at the hem line in the left picture. The second fold line is on the inside of the pants like you see in the picture on the right.
8. Stitch in the ditch on both side seams on the cuff at the top.
9. Do the same to the other pant leg. Press both hems, and that's it!


  1. This is really handy! I'm not a seamstress AT ALL but I think even I could do this!

    Thanks for your comment today. I appreciated it. And by the way, congrats on 300 followers!

  2. This is perfect! My husband has a pair of dress pants that need hemmed and he likes to have a cuff, but I had no clue how to do it. I'll have to give this a try.

  3. I can already tell you I will be glad I read this one day! I'm sure after my fiancé wears his work pants all summer they will need some mending!

  4. I get it now. Thanks for sharing, and using so many pictures. I usually sew by picture rather than words. But both words and pictures helped! Thank you!

  5. You need to add a picture of Henry with the cuff in his mouth!

  6. Thanks so much. I have 2 pairs of pants that have sat on my mend pile for years but I was afraid to try to re create the cuff detail. After reading this with such great pictures I feel like I can do this. Keep up the great work :)

    1. Oh good! I'm so glad you understand it!
      Thank you!


  7. Link to this tutorial shared on SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees. Thanks for sharing ❀


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