Turkish Slipper Thimble and Bodkin Holder

This Victorian Gift – a Turkish Slipper — is not something you see every day … at least now, anyway. Victorian women loved this kind of gift, not only to make, but to receive.

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

Turkish Slipper

Turkish Slipper thimble and bodkin holderCompleted Slipper Thimble and Bodkin holder.


  1. A little cardboard,
  2. A couple of old playing or visiting cards,
  3. Some white silk,
  4. Coloured satin or velvet,
  5. Gold and white seed beads,
  6. A bodkin,
  7. A thimble
  8. Some white pins
  9. Coloured and white sewing silk.
Turkish Slipper thimble and bodkin holder sole.Sole for the Slipper

Cut in card two pieces of the shape of Fig. 5. Cover each on one side with white silk, and sew them neatly together, leaving a space at the end to insert the bodkin. 

Turkish slipper thimble and bodkin holder - top portionTop portion of the slipper

Cut one piece of very thin card, the shape of Fig. 6. Cover one side with coloured satin or velvet. Work on the pattern in gold and crystal seed beads. 

Cut white silk the same size, tack it on as a lining, turning a little bit in all round; sew it all round. This finished, make the toe of the slipper. 

Sew the two long sides of the toe that come to a point to the two sides of the toe part of the sole (Fig. 5).

Fig. 7 shows the appearance of the complete slipper. Put in the bodkin in the way indicated, and stick small pins, such as the haberdashers use for ribbons, all round the edge of the sole and edge of the front of the toe.

Fit the thimble into the toe.

For correct sized pattern, click on graphic below:

Turkish slipper thimble and bodkin holder pieces.Turkish slipper thimble and bodkin holder pieces.

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For more Victorian Gifts, see:

Guitar Pin Holder

Mandolin Pin Holder

Hand Penwiper

Fish Pincushion

Bellows Bodkin and Pin Holder

Wheelbarrow Pincushion

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