Learn how to make a DIY lace sweater! This refashion tutorial is great for sleeves that are too tight, sleeves that are too long, and sleeves that are too short.  If your sleeves are too long you can also try using this glitter sweater sleeve refashion!

Sometimes it’s fun to add a little extra detail to spice up your wardrobe. I love having lots of solids in my wardrobe, but every once in awhile I just wanted a little touch of personality and details.

I love the lace details on sweater sleeves that I’ve been seeing lately, so I decided to make a simple tutorial to add lace to your sweater cuffs.

TUTORIAL: DIY Lace Sweater Cuffs


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DIY Lace Sweater

TUTORIAL: DIY Lace Sweater Cuffs

1. Gather your sweater and lace trim. I cut mine about 2.5 inches wide, but I wanted to have one full motif. Cut the lace the height of the sweater cuff. Look at the size of your lace motif to determine your width just make sure that you add seam allowance.

TUTORIAL: DIY Lace Sweater Cuffs

2. Cut rounded rectangles from the sweater cuffs on the top of the sleeves (opposite from the seam). The rectangles should be the a little less than the height of the cuff and 1.75″ wide.

TUTORIAL: DIY Lace Sweater Cuffs

3. Turn the sleeves right side out. With right sides together pin the edges of the lace to the cut edges of the cuff. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance and a zigzag stitch. I cut my lace with right angles but sewed them on with rounded corners. I didn’t want to cut into the lace too much since lace can come apart.
4. Trim the edges of the lace so that all the seam allowances are 1/4″. Use a zigzag stitch to finish all the edges.

TUTORIAL: DIY Lace Sweater Cuffs
5. With a straight stitch topstitch the seam allowance towards the sleeve and away from the lace. Press well and that’s it! Enjoy your pretty new lace sleeves!
TUTORIAL: DIY Lace Sweater Cuffs

It’s also good to know how to mend a hole in a sweater, if I ever rip it!

If you make something using this DIY lace sweater tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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2 thoughts on “DIY Lace Sweater Tutorial

  1. I will be using your wonderful tutorial the next time I shorten the sleeves on a purchased sweater. This is perfect for short arms!

    Posted on December 16, 2016 at 7:12 pm
  2. Super cute. And such a simple fix for a "plain" sweater. I love that sweater you found. It such a fun new piece for your wardrobe.

    Posted on December 14, 2016 at 9:12 pm