I’m scrapbusting again. This time I’ve created a patchwork trivet that can be easily and quickly whipped together with the tiniest fabric scraps, and other leftovers from quilt making. Make it to whatever size suits you, I found that 9×6″ is perfect for a teapot and can double as a potholder too.
If you don’t like the scrappy look, just skip the patchwork steps and make with a single piece of fabric for the top. If you have been wanting to try a bit of freestyle patchwork, this is the perfect project to experiment with.
This trivet makes a great gift, why not make a few for friends this year? Trim a tea towel in co-coordinating fabric or binding for a lovely house warming present or hostess gift.
Finished size: 9×6″ (23x15cm)
You will need:
Fabric scraps (cotton recommended)
Backing fabric (cotton or wool recommended) minimum size 9×6″ (23x15cm)
Quilt batting scraps (cotton or wool recommended) minimum size 9×6″ (23x15cm)
Bias binding 1″ single fold width minimum length 35″ (90cm) Tip: Join a few bias binding lengths together if required
General sewing supplies
Freesyle Patchwork Top
-Sort through and choose your scraps. Press and cut them into squarish shapes.
-Join small scraps randomly. Press and trim as you go. Keep adding larger pieces as you go.
There is no right or wrong way to do this, just have fun.
-Create a few small freestyle blocks then join those together.
Here is the order I’ve joined my scraps together so you can get the idea.
Here is the finished top.
-Layer your top (facing up), one or two layers of batting (two is better) and the backing fabric (facing down) to make a mini quilt sandwich.
-Sew quilting lines closely together (1/2″ or about width of presser foot is fine)
-Trim to a rectangular shape.
-Mark 3 of the corners with a curve (I’ve used my lens cap) and trim.
Binding & Finishing
Time to practice sewing binding to curves.
-Open the binding and on the back of the trivet match the edge of the binding with the edge of the trivet (in the one non-curved corner).
-Sew a seam on the folded mark of the binding.
-When you get to the curve just stretch the binding around and pin (or hold with your fingers like I do).
-Keeps sewing and when you get towards the end, flip the start of the binding over (the bit where you started sewing) and sew over the binding. Stop at the edge of the trivet.
-Leave a binding tail of about 4″ (10cm)
-Flip over and fold binding over the edge. Pin start of binding as shown (brown gingham).
-With front facing up, sew the binding in half starting at the tail.
-Continue sewing around over the pinned corner (grown gingham) and around curves.
-When you are close to the end, fold the binding tail under to make a loop and reinforce with some extra stitching.
Attaching the binding can seem a little complicated at first but it’s self explanatory when you get going.
Now put on the kettle, make a cup of tea and enjoy your handiwork.
Looking for more ways to use up your fabric scraps?
You may like my e-book Six Baby Gifts to make with Fabric Scraps