I needed a new trivet and – surprise! It’s raining again! So I’m indoors with a whole bunch of fabric that’s just crying out to become something pretty.
I’m using scraps leftover from the purse I made a couple weeks ago. Now I have a trivet to match my purse! Weird… Anyway. I started out with a rough sketch of what I wanted it to look like and after some quick math, came up with this:
Here’s how I did it –
From A, cut one piece 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Cut one strip 2 1/2″ x 45″ for your binding.
From B, cut two pieces 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
From C, cut one piece 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, cut on the diagonal
From D, cut two pieces 6″ x 6″, cut on the diagonal
From cotton quilt batting cut two pieces 11″ x11″
You may also want to have some quilt basting spray handy.
Got it? Ok let’s start. We will be using 1/4″ seams throughout. Begin by sewing one B onto each side of A – using the 4 1/2″ sides. Iron your seams open. Do this on all seams from here on.
Next you’ll need to find the center of the piece you just made as well as the center of the bottom of the triangle C. Finger press and pin them together at center mark. Sew one to each side of the A/B piece. Pretty simple so far huh?
Now take a minute to be sure your square is square. You will need to trim off the corners of each B in order to achieve this. Use a quilter’s square if you have one.
Once again find your centers and finger press on each side. Sew D onto the left and right sides first, and follow with the top and bottom sides. Turn over and trim off the point to help prevent bulk.
Layer the 2 batting pieces between the top and the Heat Resistant Fabric. I like to use a bit of Quilt Basting Spray on the top layer. Use whatever method you prefer to quilt the layers together. You may want to do some free motion quilting. I did mine by stitching in the ditch (stitching along the seams). If you have a walking foot be sure to attach it if you choose this method. I also sew close to the edge around the outer edge. Trim away the excess and get ready to add your binding.
There are many great tutorials on quilt binding to be found on line. I like to fold mine lengthwise, iron and then fold both sides into the center and iron again. Then all you need to do is slide it on the the edge like a cap and pin. It’s kind of cheating but it works well on this small project.
Start your pinning about 3″ in from the end of the binding. Pay careful attention to the corners so that you get a nice mitered appearance. Double check to be certain that you have pined the back correctly as well. When you have made it all the way around, stop about 3″ from the end. Mark the spot where thee ends meet by pinning. Pull the binding away a bit and stitch the two ends together, right sides facing in, where you have marked. Then turn back to the front pin in place and top stitch, make sure to catch all the binding on the back.
That’s it! You’re all done! This makes a nice quick gift for a new neighbor or wedding shower.
Or make one to take along to a potluck and leave behind as a hostess gift! In fact it was so quick, I made another to match my kitchen this time instead of my purse…