Whether you’ve arrived from Pinterest, CraftGossip, Total Tutorials or another of the wonderful sites that have linked to my Thimble Pip Tutorial…
I’m so glad you’re here!
How many times have you been working on a hand sewing project where you need to use your thimble only to search and search and not find it anywhere?
How many times have you removed your thimble to thread a needle only to have it roll away and then the search is on to find it again?
Well, search no more!
These little thimble pips are the perfect place to store your thimbles so that you’ll always know exactly where to find them.
Thimble pips are certainly not a new idea. During my research, I discovered that they go back at least one hundred years, if not more. The original ones were made using cardboard or card stock as a base.
Many were very elaborately embroidered or embellished with beads and lace.
They go by several different names: thimble buds, precious pods, precious buds, pipkins, pinch purse, clam shells and Kai No Kuchi. But as I mentioned in this post, thimble pip is my favorite as it’s such fun to say.
I will provide you with step-by-step instructions to make any size pip you want to make.
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Fabric scraps for the exterior and the lining
Thin plastic for making the thimble pip forms. (This is a great way to upcycle plastic from your recycle bin. Check out my post, Not All Plastic is Created Equal to find out which plastics work the best.)
Once you know which plastics you’re going to need, click next to be taken to the instructions.