Make Your Own Thimble… Free Pattern

I’ve been hand quilting the little quilt I have made for granddaughterchamoisthimble12 Hannah. I love to do this, but it sure is hard on the old fingers. With my nails long it is difficult…next to impossible…to use a metal thimble. Then I remembered seeing a pattern a couple of years ago for a leather thimble.

Yesterday when my sweet DH went for his daily “solve the problems of the world” coffee with his buds, he picked me up a chamois on his way home.  If I had been into leather work and had leather scraps laying around that would have worked…but I am not and don’t..sooo  Anyway, according to the pattern found HERE  on the Taunton Press Threads website, any supple leather will work. 

chamoisthimble2My first try is not the absolute best, but believe me, I do love it.  It works wonderfully.  The pattern calls for waxed thread… well the only waxed anything I had around was dental floss…lol  So, guess what I used.. you got it… dental floss.  The needle I used to sew it with was a little big, but it was quite difficult to get the needle through the leather.  I finally just placed it onto the arm of my chair (which is covered in fabric) and punched holes around the circumference  …then did the sewing with the thread.  Worked great. 


The only drawback that I have found is that I did not make it tight enough.   It suggests in the pattern that a small “belt” be sewn onto the thimble at the knuckle to hold it comfortably on the finger.  I didn’t take time to do this, but I will.  And.. I will be making more of these. 

BTW… I used the plastic holder that holds a six pack of soda together to cut out the dime size circle for the fingertip, then sandwiched the plastic circle between two (2) dime size circles of chamois.  This seems to work just fine…the needle did not ever stick through to my finger as I used it last night.  And so comfortable…

Give it a try…

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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3 Responses to Make Your Own Thimble… Free Pattern

  1. Marguerite says:

    I’ve sewn many things with dental floss — suitcases and backpacks are the most common. It holds up quite well!

  2. Judy says:

    What a great idea! I lost my favorite thimble a while back. Though is was soft leather, it was made much like the second version. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Darlene Litchfield says:

    Your thimble looks like I will try to make it out of my husbands old pair of moose hide leather. I have sewn with leather before so I have leather needles called glover needles. They have a very sharp point and can easily sew through leather.I have upholstery thread I use to sew leather on an old leather sewing machine so I am making various kinds of thimbles . I have never yet had a thimble that really worked well for me yet. Thanks so sharing.

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