How to Sew a Trivet


Protect your surfaces from hot pots and plates
with a handmade trivet. This is an easy project and doesn’t take very many supplies to make,
plus they’re pretty to look at. For supplies, you’ll need ⅓ of a yard
of cotton fabric, 6 yards of ½” cotton piping and 100% cotton thread. For tools, you’ll need your sewing machine,
straight pins, rotary cutter, mat and ruler. From your fabric cut out 6 strips that are
1 ½” wide. Also, trim off the selvedge from the fabric
on those strips. Next, sew your strips together. Place the
ends, right sides together but at perpendicular angles and pin. You’ll be sewing from corner to corner at
this angle. You can use a fabric marker to make yourself a sewing line. At your sewing machine, stitch with a regular
length straight stitch to attach the two ends together and repeat the process until you
have one long strip of fabric. Cut off the excess seam allowance after you
sew your seam and press it open. I do a diagonal seam because it’ll will be less noticeable. Now you’ll create your piping. Wrap your
cotton piping inside your fabric so the right side of the fabric is on the outside. You
can pin the edges if you want or you can just hold it with your hand and bring the edges
together while sewing. On your sewing machine you’ll want to use
the zipper foot so you can stitch close enough to the piping. Sew a standard straight stitch
until the piping is completely enclosed. If you have extra fabric past the piping,
just cut it off. After you finish sewing, trim off seam allowance,
leaving only about ⅛” of an inch past the stitches. To create the trivet shape, we’ll be sewing
the piping together in a swirl. Switch your sewing machine stitch to a zig
zag. Starting it is the most difficult so do your
best to create the shape. If your sewing machine foot is slanted like
this, it might not feed through easily, so use a piece of folded fabric to slip under
the foot to even it out. Zig zag stitch attaching two piped edges together.
You’ll notice the larger your trivet gets, the easier sewing will become. If you get
some slight wrinkles in your fabric, it’s fine and will be hardly noticeable when finished.
Make sure the seam allowances end up on the bottom.
When you get close to finishing, pull back the fabric at the end and trim some of the
piping only. At the end, merge the flat end of the piping to the wrong side and zig zag
stitch over it. This will give you a trivet about 8” in
diameter. If your trivet has a slight curve, don’t worry. Once you put something on top,
like a pot, it’ll flatten out. You can also use this same process to make smaller versions
and make yourself coasters. This is a great way to use those fabric pieces that are too
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