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Thimble Pips

I think I’ve developed a bit of a thing for making these cute little thimble pips.  They are quite a bit smaller than the clam shell accessories cases I showed you in this post.

So far I’ve made three while working on the tutorial for how to make them and I’ve got the plastic forms cut out to make 5 more of the smallest one!

Three different size thimble pips

These go by so many different names:  thimble buds, precious pods, precious buds, pipkins, clam shells and Kai No Kuchi.  But of all the names I like thimble pip the best because it’s the most fun to say.

The largest is 2.5” and I’ve embroidered the two sides but left the bottom plain.

Front and back of 2.5 inch thimble pip

The pattern for the side with my initials came from this Vintage Embroidery Monday alphabet. The pattern for the back can be found amongst these. I added the ladybugs simply because I love ladybugs.

The stitches I used were backstitch, satin stitch and lazy daisy.  For the gold border I tried a new to me stitch called the coral stitch.  I found the how-to video for it on Mary Corbet’s Needle & Thread.

This large one holds my three thimbles with plenty of room left over.

2.5 inch thimble pip with 3 thimbles inside

The redwork thimble pip pictured below on the left is 2” and will hold the three thimbles if I nest them. The pattern for the flower can be found on the same pattern page as the lazy daisy flowers on the 2.5” pip. It can’t be seen in the photo but I embroidered along the joining seams with a herringbone stitch after they were first sewn together using a blind stitch with heavy weight hand quilting thread.

Two smaller pips with thimbles inside.

The tiniest of the thimble pips pictured above on the right at only 1.5” is just the right size to hold one thimble. It too had the herringbone stitch worked along the joining seams as well as along each side of the opening.

I hope you’ll come back for the complete tutorial which includes simple instructions for how to create a pattern to make any size of pip you’d like. Watch for that towards the end of next week. By then I should have even more thimble pips to show you.


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  • Amy, a redeemed sheep
    October 31, 2014 11:28 am

    What a great idea!

  • Angela Lee
    October 15, 2014 1:57 pm

    I’ve never heard of these either, but they are adorable. I am always hunting for my thimble. These would be a life saver. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sandy
    October 11, 2014 7:59 pm

    I’d love to make some of these Thimble Pips! Can’t wait for your tutorial! They remind me of flexible plastic coin cases some companies used to give away as advertisements, but your fabric Pips are much smaller and cuter!

  • Mary Jarvis
    October 11, 2014 3:51 am

    These are lovely looking forward to the tutorial. We use to have similar in Christmas colours with a tassel on the Christmas tree years ago. They used to have a little’something’ inside

  • Sue
    October 11, 2014 12:58 am

    I made one of these several years ago, although mine was just plain fabric, no pretty embroidery. You make me want to make another one! Yours are lovely!

  • Gemini Jen NZ
    October 10, 2014 11:56 pm

    Your needlework is beautiful! I love those toadstools!
    And my prize package arrived on Thursday, THANK YOU! I feel really spoilt and it was kind of you to add in the extras. What lovely goodies you sent me, I adore the needle book and the fat quarter fabric is so cute. I have to admit I have never seen ‘quilting’ playing cards before, very cool! Thanks again Sue and have a super weekend!

  • Mary
    October 10, 2014 8:10 pm

    Those are absolutely darling. I’ll be watching for the instructions and seeing more cute pips.

  • Steffi
    October 10, 2014 4:09 pm

    Aww, they are too cute! A great way to store your thimbles.
    Love your embroidery, too.

  • Rebecca
    October 10, 2014 3:55 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make a pipkin for a few months now. I hand piece on-the-go and my thimble was always getting lost in the bottom of my stitching travelling bag. I thought a pipkin would solve my problems but I’ve been struggling to find a pattern that includes the teardrop shape. Everyone always says ‘cut out the teardrop shape’ with absolutely no guidance at all. Your pattern looks like it’s going to finally do the job for me.

  • carla bynum
    October 10, 2014 3:09 pm

    Hi!!! I am new to thimble pips too!!!! But they are adorable and a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge
    October 10, 2014 12:40 pm

    If I used a thimble, it would definitely need one of these pips for a home! Such tiny, detailed work! 🙂

  • Sandy R.
    October 10, 2014 11:07 am

    Looking forward to your instructions. I am looking for a small gift to make for a few friends for Christmas and I think this will be perfect for them…thanks

  • Vickie Horsfall
    October 10, 2014 10:54 am

    These are too cute! ‘Thimble pip’ is a new word for me and I love it. These remind me of the coin purses that were popular several years ago. (OK, maybe it was a decade or two, or three ago!) Anyway, I think they could be useful for many things! Thanks for sharing these and your tutorial! Enjoy your creative day!

  • Carol
    October 10, 2014 9:24 am

    I’ve never heard of these, but I love them! I can’t wait to see how to make them!

  • Kate
    October 10, 2014 8:32 am

    I learned something new today – thimble pips … I’d never heard of or seen these before perhaps because I don’t use a thimble. I never mastered the use of a thimble but I do own a few and would be keen to make a pip for them. I love that ladybug!

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