A Victorian Hand Penwiper

This Victorian hand penwiper uses a shape Victorians loved to use. The hand motif was often used on calling cards as well as made in metal as a clip to hold papers, etc. together. Here they combined this popular design with a penwiper - a necessity of the day.

This is a fun item that would look wonderful on your desk or writing table!

Hand Penwiper Instructions

For more gift making ideas, see the list at the bottom of the page.


  1. A piece of new white card, stout, such as London board,
  2. A little piece of black velvet and any fancy material
  3. A little white blond lace,
  4. Passementerie (decorative trimming such as tassels, braid, and fringing, used on clothing, furniture, or fancy work)
  5. Chalk seed beads, and
  6. Black sewing silk

Cut the hand out of the white card. Dot on the glove seams with pen and ink, or omit them. The card is cut a little longer than what is shown in the illustration above, to allow the penwiper to be attached.

Cut the shape of the cuff in two pieces, either both of black velvet, or one of velvet and one of fancy material for the wrong side. Work on the motto, "No hands should be idle," to the black velvet with chalk beads. 

On the wrong side, stitch the two cuff pieces together, and turn them. Before attaching them to the hand, cut four pieces out of fancy material a little smaller and notch the edges. Sew these first to the hand, and the ornamental piece over them. Then run on two pieces of blond lace, one each way at the wrist of the hand, in the way shown in the figure above, and between them place a row of passementerie.

For more Victorian Gifts, see:

Guitar Pin Holder

Mandolin Pin Holder

Turkish Slipper Thimble and Bodkin Holder

Fish Pincushion

Bellows Bodkin and Pin Holder

Wheelbarrow Pincushion

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