Introduction: DIY Leather Thimble

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I do a lot of hand sewing. I have never been able to get used to my silver thimble, which looks lovely but I just can't get used to using it.

I have seen leather thimbles for sale and wanted to try one. I know they are inexpensive but I do like to have a go at making things before I buy.

So here it is, it 'aint pretty but works great.

What you will need:

Leather

Sewing machine - or sew by hand - you will need a thimble for that :)

Thread

scissors

Step 1: Cutting Your Leather

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I have some scrap leather which I cut from a friends sofa that was going to the tip. It has been useful and I have made many things with it.

I cut a rectangle piece from it.

I wrapped it around my middle finger to see how big it needed to be and trimmed it down accordingly.

Step 2: Marking and Thread Choosing

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Once trimmed I folded it in half and used a fabric marker to mark around the edge where I wanted to sew. I marked a rounded line around the top, finger shaped :)

I then pondered which thread to choose, I went for brown.

Step 3: Sewing

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When sewing leather it is usually better to use a leather needle. I do have a leather needle but couldn't find it, typical.

I sewed around the edge where I had marked with the fabric marker. I tried it on and decided to make it slightly tighter. This is because the leather is bound to stretch a little with use.

I then trimmed off the excess leather close to the stitching, less leather to get in the way whilst stitching.

Step 4: Finished Product

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Here it is finished. much larger than my silver thimble and as I mentioned earlier not as pretty, but for me things have to have a practical use so my silver thimble is now on my shelf looking nice and my leather thimble is in my large sewing case laying flat and not bulking it out.

Comments

azuliverde.21 (author)2016-10-27

Now I have my own handmade thimble!

Thanks a lot!

alisonb (author)azuliverde.212016-10-27

Great. And you improved it with a reinforcement patch. I may have to make myself another ;)

Meglymoo87 (author)2016-05-19

Nice! Great idea :)

alisonb (author)Meglymoo872016-05-20

Thank you :)

cbjack (author)2016-05-14

I've never been able to use a metal thimble either, thanks for the instructions!

alisonb (author)cbjack2016-05-16

Glad it is of some use :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2016-05-05

Leather thimbles are the way to go :)

alisonb (author)Penolopy Bulnick2016-05-06

Yes, aren't they just! I am late to the party, and just seen that you are way ahead of me and published an instructable on this some time ago :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)alisonb2016-05-06

They are really nice to have; I use mine a lot when I knit, actually :)

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