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Table Trivet

Quick & Easy

Protect Your Table

Make one for every holiday!

Make matching table runner

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Table Trivet vs. Hot Pad

Our instructions create a nice table trivet. The insulation directs the heat back up from the decorative fabric layer, toward the dish, and protects your table. A hot pad would face the insulation in the oppposite direction, and a layer of cotton batting would need to be added.

Measures approximately 7" round

table trivets


Fabric: ¼ yard each insul-bright, decorative fabric, and lining: makes 6 trivets. The fabric must be at least 42" wide.

½" 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

Print Pattern Piece

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

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

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Use 1/4" seams

1.  Cut & Stack Fabric Circles

Using our 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.
cut fabric for trivet

2. Stitch Layers

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

2. Pin Bias Tape

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

3. 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

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