Turkish Slipper Thimble
and Bodkin Holder

This Victorian Gift – a Turkish Slipper — is not something you see everyday … 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.

The Turkish Slipper

Victorian Christmas gift – Turkish 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.

Sole of Victorian gift – Turkish Slipper, part 1

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.

Sole of Victorian gift – Turkish Slipper, part 2.

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:

Victorian Gift – Turkish Slipper Pincushion
Click on picture to see more detail.


For more Victorian Gifts, see:

Guitar Pin Holder

Mandolin Pin Holder

Hand holding Penwiper

Fish Pincushion

Bellows Bodkin and Pin Holder

Wheelbarrow Pincushion


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