This is such a simple project but I love it when I can put the things I make to really good use. Plus it reminded me of the kind of thing I used to see at church sales with my grandma when I was a kid so it brought back some good memories.
Here's all you need to make your own trivet:
-.5-1 metre of cotton fabric
-scissors, thread, needle
-optional: thimble (not shown)
1) If you're new to working with fabric this first step might scare you a bit but just go for it, once you start you won't want to stop.
You're going to make strips of fabric from your cotton by tearing it on the grainline. Just cut an inch two perpendicular to the selvedge of your fabric. I made my strips 2.5" wide.
|Make sure to start with a straight|
torn edge so that your strip
will be an even width throughout.
I made 6 strips but you can make any multiple of three that you want. The more you make the bigger your project will be and the more hand sewing you'll have to do. (3 strips makes a nice little coaster size piece.)
3) Start with 3 strips of fabric by folding the ends into a T shape and securing with a few stitches.
|Ideally you should use a matching colour of thread.|
This lovely lilac was on my machine though
and I was too lazy to change it.
5) If you want to add more strips of fabric to make your braid longer just weave them in near the end of your first set. When you're happy with the length of braid you have, secure it with a few hand stitches.
6) Now just coil your braid into a circle, hand stitching on the BACK or bottom of the piece as you go.
There will be a top and bottom (or front and back). Keep your stitches to one side and don't worry too much about how it looks under there. Do be careful not to let your piece take on a bowl shape though. It will curve a tiny bit and that's OK but try your best to keep it somewhat flat.
7) When your done, just fold the ends to the bottom and stitch down. Now steam the heck out of it and will flatten right down.
|Steam your glasses up if you have to~|
|(This photo was taken before I steamed it)|
Of course, I still have some fabric left over and I haven't thrown it away so now I'll have to come up with another scrapbuster to use the rest of it up once and for all~
On another note, the snow has finally melted here and now I can get outside to do some gardening and get some fun outdoor crafts done!!! I have loads of fun ideas planned for the coming weeks so I hope you'll keep stopping by to check them all out.
Have a crafty week everyone!