Make Your Own Thimbles (free pattern & tutorial)

Threads Magazine has an online site that discusses many of the things covered in the magazine.  I love it.  One of my favorites is this pattern for making your own thimble.  Using a thimble is hard for me as I have large hands, long fingers and knobby knuckles..grin  And the thimbles they make today are just not like the ones we used to be able to buy in the 60’s and 70’s… (Does that sound like our Grandmothers or what!!) … True, none the less…. While quilting the Split Rail Fence Quilt I thought my quilting finger would fall off… I tried my thimble that I bought a couple of years ago… (finding one to fit the size of your finger is a bit of a sticky wicket since they are all in plastic packaging now.. no way to try it on your finger!)  Then I found that the rim around the needle edge of the thimble would catch my needle and somehow I would end up with the thread caught in there… don’t ask me how.  I finally gave up and found one of my grandmother’s thimbles from the ’50s or ’60s and had no further problems.  But, I really don’t want to use that thimble a lot, so I will be making many of these ….

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About Linda S.

Retired Grandma living in North Central Texas and enjoying being able to spend my time with all my many crafting interests.
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One Response to Make Your Own Thimbles (free pattern & tutorial)

  1. dailystitches says:

    At a quilt show last year, I bought one of the open tip silver thimbles from TJ Laine (sp?). There is also a Roxanne thimble that is similar. It has dimples on the tip and down the sides, and is really helpful for developing a good rocking motion for quilting in a hoop.

    In Lancaster PA, a dry goods store sold the leather thimbles with the metal insert tops in various sizes–I guess they are the popular style for the quilting pros there. That is my second favorite thimble type.

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