How to Sew a Cutout Band

by | Oct 19, 2018 | Tutorials | 0 comments

Halloween, of Halloween.  This year I needed to create an interested in sleeve detail for my daughter’s costume.  The sleeve is open at the armpit, attached to the top of the shoulder, but goes all the way around her bicep.  To me the sleeve looked like a cutout band connected to the top half of a sleeve.

I decided to make a sleeve band that connected to the top part of the sleeve only partway around instead of all the way.  It turned out well soo I thought I’d share how I did it in case anyone else ever has need for a sleeve like this.  And I’m calling it a cutout band because as far as I know I made this up so I can call it what I want!

Cutout Band Tutorial with Hazelnut Handmade

First cut out a band with the fold along the long side and an extra part extending from the top middle.  It reminds me of a plumbing pipe that goes three directions.  And thinking of the pipe reminds me of Mario Brothers…

Cutout Band Tutorial with Hazelnut Handmade

Right sides together, sew in an “L” shape from edge to edge on each side of that little extra part.  When you are finished, there with be three openings.  The top and both short sides of the band.

Cutout Band Tutorial with Hazelnut Handmade

Push one short side of the band inside itself so I meets up with the other short side of the band.  Right side of the fabric should be together and the hole at the top will still be sticking up.

Cutout Band Tutorial with Hazelnut Handmade

Sew the short sides together.  Pull the band right side out through the top hole.  

Cutout Band Tutorial with Hazelnut Handmade

You now have a band that is completely enclosed except for a hole on the top.  Pretty Sweet!

It looks a bit odd, but it works really well for what I need.  I’m attaching it to little triangular cap sleeves.  Can’t wait to get pictures of the finished costume!