Refashion | DIY Fabric Cuff Thermal Top ร  la Free People

What an embellishment. Take a simple cozy top and give that extra pizazz with a lovely piece of fabric. To think waffle knit thermal tops use to just be undergarments or sleepwear.

I had been wanting to do this and when I saw this fabric at Joann, I thought it would be perfect. Instead of patchworking fabrics yourself, you can use this fabric and achieve the same result with less work. The fabric is cotton with a metallic print that looks sort of like it's embroidered trims put together.

Asian Inspired Cotton Fabric 44"-Mini Asian Floral Stripe Met

I think this one would totally work too. Especially with some added cotton lace trim.
Vintage Cotton Fabric 43''-Jacobean Stripe on Red

So the way I added the fabric to the sleeve is in my opinion, the most effective. You end up with no raw edges needing serged or anything like that, it's great. I had only serged the edges of the striped fabric because initially I wasn't sure how I was going to do it. I measured the width of my arm, top and bottom of where the fabric cuff would go. Sewed it together to create both cuffs.

First you mark how long of an opening you'd like. I know it looks crooked but I made it parallel to the side seam. Pin in place.

You want to sew around your marking about quarter inch wide. I have three seams because it was too skinny of an opening at first. Also sew around the cuff end joining the sleeve and fabric.

Then you cut in between your opening seams. Clip a v shape at the end or beginning however you look at it (on the left in the photo).

Flip the fabric right side out over the sleeve and pin into place to get rid of the raw edge.

You end up with these hoof looking things lol.

I chose mismatched buttons and used a loop trim that I simply sewed to the underside of one side of the opening.

Lastly I decided to add a metallic trim to top edge because I didn't like how it looked. I suppose it was fine really but yeah. It was the only trim I found in store that followed the color scheme the most.

I would've liked all brass buttons but these are what I had. Maybe I'll change them later on whenever I get some. I definitely want to do this again to another top though. Hope you try it too.



  1. love it, great idea, I had been wondering how to add some detail to plain knits, thank you for this share!

    1. Absolutely, it makes a great little pop of interest to any simple top with sleeves. Thank you as well for reading!

  2. I love this top! When I make, I think I'll use a shiny thread, and decorative stitches, on my machine, to help give it more of a ribbon look.

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š ooh yes using metallic thread would look really nice!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous. Going to do this to all my thermals before next fall๐Ÿ˜‰. Thanks for the great idea.

    1. thank You so much ๐Ÿ’› definitely give it a go