How to Sew Simple Sleeve Protectors

Save Sleeves From Stains

Measurement & Elastic Placement Diagram
Measurement & Elastic Placement Diagram. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

Dirty jobs require extra protection. Protect your clothing or your arms by covering up with sleeve protectors. These are a great way to protect fragile skin when doing household tasks. These sleeve protectors are also great for kids in art class to preserve their school clothes.

Materials Needed


  • Measure the arm length from the wrist to half way up the upper arm and add 2". Use this measurement for the length of the fabric needed.
  • Measure the circumference of the widest part of the arm and add 3".  Use this measurement for the width of the fabric needed.

  • Cut two pieces of fabric to size.

  • For the elastic, measure the wrist and add 1/2". Add 1/2" to the upper arm circumference measurement. Cut two pieces of elastic for each measurement (one for each arm).
  • Along the narrow edge of the fabric, press under 1/4" and then 3/4". Tack the elastic to each end, just in from the 1/4" fold, and fold the pressed edges over it. Stitch near the edge of the fold to enclose the elastic. Stretch the elastic as you stitch but don't stitch the elastic.
  • Fold fabric, wrong sides together, matching long edges and elastic ends. Sew together using 1/2" seams. Serge or zigzag to finish the seam.
  • Turn right sides out.
  • Press and use as desired.