Looking for a great project for those scraps you want to use? Make a colorful trivet (or two or three!). Learn how to make a trivet using the fabric wrapped rope method that will help make a dent in your fabric scraps or fabric stash! This is a perfect use for the uneven strips of fabric from straightening up the edge before cutting strips of fabric for a project.
This project is perfect when you are looking for something meditative to sew. Just set your machine to wide zigzag, long stitch length and start wrapping and sewing! Make them any size you’d like. I’ll show you how to make round and oval trivets. Add a little flair to them by adding a scalloped edge, too!
How can I make an oval trivet?
Instead of starting the trivet with turning the end in circles, start with folding over the fabric wrapped end. Wrap at least 5-6-inches. Take about 2-inches (more if you want a longer and narrower trivet) and fold back.
Stitch from the fold down. Then begin wrapping the rope with the fabric and turning it counter clockwise beginning to form an oval. Again, the first stitching and wrap are the hardest part. Then you’ll get into a groove and it is meditative stitching on your machine!
How can I make a scalloped edge?
This was a fun idea I had while taking the dog for a walk! I love handles on the bowls I make and thought I could do a similar loop all around the trivet for an edge finish.
When you get to the end of the base of the trivet, wrap about 6-8 inches more rope. This isn’t the time to be adding a new fabric.
Pull out about 1-inch from the base and make a scallop about 1-inch long.
Bring the rope back to the base of the trivet, making a scallop. Stitch along the base securing the loop in place. I stitch at least 4 times before making the next loop. It all depends on the look you want.
Then, wrap more rope with fabric and make another loop and stitch in place.
Keep doing this all around the outside edge.
Just like the basic trivet, when you are coming near the end, trim your rope. Leave 4-5 inches of fabric to wrap around the end of the rope and then tuck the ends in. Stitch the end in place.
Then, do one final zig zag around all of the scallops to secure the outside edge.
Here is a finished scalloped fabric trivet.
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