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Thimble Pip Tutorial

Thimble Pip Tutorial


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.

Thimble Pip Tutorial - Make a Pretty Home for Your Thimbles

I will provide you with step-by-step instructions to make any size pip you want to make.

Materials required:

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Fabric scraps for the exterior and the lining

Quilt batting


Math Compass

Craft Glue

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.


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  • Lisa
    October 31, 2014 11:16 pm

    Those are impressive! Quit a bit of work went into them, but they’re beautiful.

  • Wendy B
    November 1, 2014 7:03 pm

    Wow these look great! I’m going to try one of these now….your instructions are amazing! thanks so much…can’t wait! great Christmas gifts!

  • Kate
    November 2, 2014 11:25 am

    Fabulous tutorial – thank you so much.

  • lori landenburger
    November 3, 2014 6:45 pm

    This is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Beautiful tutorial!
    When Katy at The Littlest Thistle asks for tutorials at the end of this Finish Along Q4, you should definitely submit this!!
    XX! Lori

  • Heather Grow
    November 3, 2014 11:23 pm

    I had to click to find out what a thimble pip is. Great tutorial. They are very pretty.

  • Anne
    March 19, 2015 11:20 am

    What a great little pouch! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial:

  • Brenda Surface
    March 24, 2015 2:32 pm

    I would like to know what these are used for, I know what a Chatelaine is from way back, I have made those. These I am not familiar with.

  • Zona
    March 25, 2015 10:09 am

    Great tutorial. Never heard of these before but will be making some soon. Thank you
    Beautiful work

  • Melanee
    March 25, 2015 1:23 pm

    Thank you so much for these! Adorable to say the least! I am going to definitely make these. You have definitely captured my attention. I’m going to let my friends know about these!!

  • Vicki Richardson
    March 29, 2015 6:33 pm

    I love these they are sooooooooooo cute. I am here from Sew Many Ways, and being that I absolutely hate Math (currently having to take Algebra and cry every time I open the darn book) would you be willing to print a template of say a 1 and 2 inch shapes? I can handle it from there, LOL.

    Thanks so much for sharing,
    [email protected]

  • Michele Timms
    June 2, 2015 5:20 pm

    These are so darn cute and your tutorial is very detailed so I don’t think that I could even manage to mess it up if I tried!! Thank you!!!

  • Mel
    May 11, 2017 8:15 pm

    Hi, love your blog. Please keep it up! Please also send me the 3 templates for thimble pip. Thanks!

  • Robin Lancaster
    January 5, 2018 4:05 pm

    Hi! I just made my “Test Pip.” I did have several false starts, but then that’s why we do “test runs”, right? I wanted to see what contrasting inner and outer fabric looked like so I also did that. I’d love to send you a pic, but I don’t see where I can do that.

  • Lin
    February 21, 2018 8:03 pm

    I can not download the template
    to print why wold that be????
    help love the pips
    Linda Wetzel

    • Super Mom No Cape
      February 21, 2018 11:25 pm

      Hello Lin, in order to receive the email with the link to download the templates you need to sign up through one of the links provided in the post.

      If you’ve done that, click on the link in the email that you received. When you get to that page, move your cursor to the top of the page… a menu will drop down where you can choose to download and print the templates.

      If you can’t get to the download page for some reason, please try either clearing your cache or using a different browser.

      I hope that helps.

      I’m also sending you an email, in case you don’t stop back to read my reply. 🙂

  • Leanna
    April 9, 2019 5:55 pm

    Beautiful craft. I had never heard of a thimble pip, but they look so feminine and useful. Having pretty sewing accessories make its very pleasant to sew.

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