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:
Sewing machine - or sew by hand - you will need a thimble for that :)
Step 1: Cutting Your Leather
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
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
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
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.
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