Thimble Pad

Featured Tool: Thimble Pad by Colonial Needle, Item # 80561


What is the Thimble Pad typically used for?

This is a thimble for people who hate wearing thimbles.

Why did you decide to give the Thimble Pad a try?

I normally can’t use thimbles. I have never been able to find one that is comfortable and usable. I can get by with one for about five minutes and then I get frustrated, take the thimble off, and hope my finger callous holds up.

What was your first impression?

“Ugh, I have to use something let me give this a try.”

What was your experience using the Thimble Pad like?

I was on a road trip binding a rather large quilt when my finger callous gave out and it was becoming quite painful to bind the quilt. Luckily, we drove by a small quilt shop and I had to get something. They had these little leather-like discs (the Thimble Pad). Many had recommended using these since I don’t like thimbles, so I thought it is better than nothing at this point. I LOVED it! I stuck it on my middle finger where I push in my needle and it was perfect. It was comfortable and the adhesive lasted all day even though I took it off and on from time to time. I have tried other adhesive disc thimbles, but this is by far my favorite.

How long did it take you to learn how to use it?

I had to position it a few time to find the “sweet spot,” but once I found the right spot for me, it was easy and natural to use.

What did you like best? Least?

I like the flexible to mold to my finger curve. The adhesive lasted all day, even through hand washing. The only thing I regret is that I didn’t try these sooner. Sometimes my thread would wrap around the disc, but it saves my fingers.

Why do you NEED it?

If you don’t like using thimbles, you need this. It will save your fingers.

Could you see another potential use for the tool?

The Thimble Pad also works great to grip a needle that is hard to pull through.

Who would appreciate the Thimble Pad most?

This would be perfectly suited for:

  • Beginner Quilters
  • Intermediate Quilters
  • Expert Quilters
  • Embroiders
  • Paper-piecers
  • Someone acquiring the “basics”


  1. Edna - August 16, 2016

    I can not wear a thimble. I use the thimble pads all the time. I love them. They are reusable. I take the tremble pad off and stick it on my sewing table until the next time I need it.

    • Hayley - August 17, 2016

      Sticking one to your sewing table is a great tip, Edna! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Barb - August 17, 2016

    Ok, you’ve convinced me to give this one a try. Between binding quilts and embroidery projects, I’ve got to try something. One more oopsie could easily get infected.

  3. Beverly - August 20, 2016

    Have used these for years. Every time I use a needle for hand sewing, out comes a thimble pad. Started using them when doing cross stitch but now use them instead of a thimble for all of my needlework.