How to sew a tulip sleeve - Photo instructions for beginners (+ Free pattern)

Péťa  ·  16.11.2020  ·  3 minutes of reading

For today, I have prepared instructions for sewing tulip sleeves and a free pattern for a tulip sleeve. You can download the pattern for children's sizes 98 -122 here: Tulip sleeve for kid’s patterns

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)

How to sew a tulip sleeve

Step No.1 - Transfer the pattern

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
how to sew a tulip sleeve (instructions + pattern)
1. TRANSFER THE PATTERN TO THE FABRIC

The pattern piece isn’t symmetrical - the front and back of the sleeve do not have the same shape, so you have to position the piece on the unfolded fabric. Draw one sleeve, flip the paper piece over, and draw the second sleeve. Prepare two sleeve pieces.

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2. FLIP THE PAPER PIECE OVER AND DRAW THE SECOND SLEEVE
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HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
3. DON’T FORGET TO TRANSFER ALL IMPORTANT MARKS
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HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
4. ADD SEAM ALLOWANCES TO BOTH PIECES (I RECOMMEND MAKING THEM 1 CM WIDE)
Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
5. CUT BOTH PIECES

Step No.2 - Prepare a strip that will form the hem of the sleeve

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
6. MEASURE THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE SLEEVE

Measure with a tailor's tape laid on its side. Measure along the actual seamline (not along the seam allowance - edge). Multiply the result by 0.8 and add 2 cm for seam allowances. The resulting number is the recommended length of the strip. Its width should be 3-4 cm (less than 3 is too hard to work with and more than 4 is too wide). Cut two such strips - one for each sleeve.

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
7. SLEEVE PIECES & HEMS

 Strips have to be elastic along the length.

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
8. HEM IRONING

Fold the strips in half (lengthwise) and iron them.

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
9. IRONED HEMS

Step No.3 - Sew the hems

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
10. PREPARE THE PIECES

Divide the strips into 4 equal parts using pins. Mark the edge of the sleeve piece in a similar way - mark half point and two quarter points - and connect both pieces using your marks as a guide.

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
11. PIN THE STRIPs TO THE SLEEVEs

Sew the strips to the sleeves on an overlock or a regular sewing machine. When sewing with a regular sewing machine, use some kind of elastic stitch, such as a zig-zag.

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
12. SLEEVE PIECES WITH HEMS - THE BOTTOM ONE HAS BEEN IRONED

Step No.4 - Sew the sleeves to the T-shirt

Fold both sleeves according to the marks.

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HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
13. INNER SIDE OF THE SLEEVE
Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
14. OUTER SIDE OF THE SLEEVE

Both sleeves must be folded in the same way. In my case, the back is folded over the front, if you prefer to fold the front over the back, go for it, just do it the same way on both sides.

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
15. FOLDED SLEEVES

Before you sew the sleeves to the T-shirt, you should already have the shoulder seams and side seams finished. Insert the sleeves into the correct armholes (T-shirt is face side in), align the marks on the sleeves and side/shoulder seam of the T-shirt. Pin the sleeves.

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
16. PIN SLEEVES TO THE ARMHOLES
Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
17. PIN THOROUGHLY TO KEEP THE SLEEVES IN THE RIGHT POSITION
Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
18. SLEEVES ARE READY TO BE SEWN
Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)
HOW TO SEW A TULIP SLEEVE (INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN)
19. FINISHED SLEEVES

And that’s it! :)

This pattern for tulip sleeves is designed for children's T-shirt, which you can find here:

Children’s T-shirt BASIC - Short sleeves

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)

If you want to learn more about sewing T-shirts, you can read this article on how to sew a T-shirt.

Jak ušít tulipánový rukáv (návod + střih)

Have a nice day, Petra