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Table Trivet

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Table Trivet vs Hot Pad - with insul-bright insulation

Our instructions create a nice table trivet. A trivet sits on a wood surface (or other type of surface) that needs to be protected from heat. The insul-bright insulation directs the heat back up toward the hot object, away from the decorative fabric layer. The hot dish comes into contact with the decorative fabric side. The reflective coating is placed under the decorative top fabric, and reflects heat back toward the hot dish.

A hot pad is made in a similar way, but cotton batting is also used (to further protect hands), and the insul-bright is placed on the lining side to reflect heat back toward the hot baking dish, rather than on the decorative fabric side. The decorative fabric is on the "back side", and the lining and insul-bright are on the side that touches the hot dish.

Remember that the shiny side of the insulation should face the heat source. For a casserole dish carrying case, the shiny side would be on the lining side of the carrier, facing the dish - just as it is for a hot pad. For a trivet, it is under the outer fabric, facing the top, where the dish will sit.

With insul-bright, the shiny layer is inside the insulation, but you can see it if you look closely. When I make double sided trivets, I don't worry about this. I just use one layer of insulation. If you are concerned about best protection, pay attention to which is the "right" side of the insulation, or add a layer of cotton batting.

These instructions can be used to create hot pads or trivets. Just remember which side of your finished piece will be against the hot surface, and layer the insulation and fabric accordingly.

Also see Kitchen Patterns.

Decorative Trivet: Round With Bias Binding

Designer: Christina Sherrod

table trivet sewing pattern This is another "quick - company is coming" project. I caught myself using old kithcen wash cloths to protect my counter tops from hot casserole dishes. I really had no excuse, since I had stacks of fabric and insulation lying around from previous sewing projects. I decided to take action.

Trivets are quick and easy to make, and make good use of scraps of fabric. Piece fabric scraps to make a trivet, or make from one piece. Make for the holidays, special occasion, party or every day use. For added protection, add a layer of cotton batting.

Make a long arm oven mitt
Make a matching table runner

Trivet Size

My pdf pattern creates a 7" round trivet. Enlarge or shrink my pattern to fit your needs. OR cut fabric to create a square, oval or rectangular trivet of any size you wish. I made 7" square trivets, as well as 7" round holiday trivets.

Supplies: round or square trivets

fabrics Fabric

1/4 yard each insul-bright, decorative fabric, and lining: makes 6 trivets. The fabric must be at least 42" wide. OR use 8" square of each to make one trivet.

8" square of cotton batting (optional - I do not use for trivets)

Round trivet only: 1/2" Double Folded Bias Binding (for outer edge) **

** To compute the length of bias tape needed, you will have to remember your geometry equations. The circumference of a circle is 2Πr (2 x pi x r). The radius of our circle is 3.5 (half the diameter of 7). Therefore, the circumference is a little over 22". You need to overlap a bit on the end, so cut your bias tape about 23" for each 7" trivet. If you want to add a loop, add another couple inches. You can trim later to fit. 

NOTE: This must be bias tape. That means the tape was created by cutting the fabric on the bias. You can buy ready-made bias tape, or create your own. I sometimes "cheat" and cut straight cuts for edging. I get away with it on short straight edges. This project, however, uses a circle. If the edging is cut with the grain of fabric, you will not be able to make it bend correctly around the outer edge, because there will be no stretch. Bias is necessary for edging curved edges because fabric has stretch when cut on the bias. 

To learn how to create your own continuous bias binding, go to: make your own continuous bias binding 


sewing scissors
quilting pins
large sewing ruler
fabric marking pencils
seam ripper
rotary cutter and mat (optional but nice)

Directions Round Trivet

All seams are 1/4"

1. Print Pattern

round trivet pattern My trivet pattern makes a trivet that measures 7" in diameter. You can shrink or enlarge the pattern as needed.

The pattern will download as a pdf file. If you need instructions on using pdf files, go to:  PDF Instructions

Download Trivet Pattern 

2. Cut & Stack Fabric Circles

cut fabric for trivet Using my pattern, cut six decorative top pieces, six insul-bright insulation pieces, and six lining pieces. 

Stack as follows: place lining piece right side down on your work surface, then place the insulbright shiny side up over the lining, then place the decorative top piece on top, right side up. 

The insul-bright is placed with the shiny side toward the decorative fabric because your hot food dish will sit on top of the decorative fabric. The shiny side will reflect the food's heat back toward the dish.

3. Stitch Layers

Baste the layers together, very close to the outer edge (this step can be omitted)

4. Pin Bias Tape

pin bias to trivet Pin the bias tape around the outer edge.

5. Stitch Bias Tape

Stitch the bias tape to the trivet, stitching about 1/8" from the inner edge of the binding. When you get to the end, overlap the ends or create a loop for hanging.

trivet hanging loop  trivet hanging loop

Continue to page 2 for directions for square trivet

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