i should be mopping the floor: Easy Quilted Trivets

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Easy Quilted Trivets

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I use trivets everywhere, y'all. I made these quilted trivets with a fun fall look to them. They're EASY in the sense that you need absolutely no quilting experience here (I'm definitely not a quilter!). See how fun these are to put together below.

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
Not only do I use trivets everywhere (everywhere!), I like to give them as gifts, too. They're great to put a couple together for a simple hostess gift. My mom's hot pads were looking a little threadbare, so I made these to give her. She and I both like the larger sized ones...they're great for a 9x9 pan or casserole dish (or candle, or latte mug, or...or...or...the possibilities are endless!).

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
The binding on these is a simple cheater-binding method...super easy for us non-quilters, y'all. 

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
AND, I used some leftover pieces from a pack of fall layer cake fabric. This is the Sycamore line from Jan Patek for Moda Fabrics. You can find it HERE on Amazon. I also used some of this layer cake fabric pack for my quilted fall mug rugs last week HERE.

The beauty of using the layer cakes for these easy quilted trivets is that they're already the perfect size for a trivet...10"x10". You'll need two pieces of fabric per trivet. You will also need some fusible fleece for your batting. Normally, I use small felt pieces on the quilted coasters and mug rugs I make, but I like a nice iron-on fusible fleece for these (it makes it much easier to work with in this larger size).

For these easy quilted trivets, I like to use this Heat N Bond that you can grab HERE on Amazon.

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
Cut your fusible fleece to a 10"x10" square, too. Then adhere it to the wrong side of your fabric according to its package directions (you'll put the textured side against the wrong side of fabric). Do this to both pieces of your fabric. 

Place your squares (with their fusible fleece adhered), right sides together.

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
Cut off half an inch of both squares on one side.
You'll now have two 9.5"x10" squares. 

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
You'll use a simple basic stitch on three sides of the trivet (leave one of the shorter sides unsewn). I do one continuous stitch...on the corners, I leave my needle down into the fabric and pick up the presser foot to turn the fabric so I can easily sew down the next side without interruption (just be sure to put the foot back down before sewing the next side). I do a back stitch at both the start and finish. Clip off the corners of the two completely sewn corners.

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
Turn the trivet right side out at the open side. You can use a sharp-ish object (not too sharp...we don't want to poke through the fabric) to push out your two corners to nice, finished points (that's the reason we clipped them in the previous step).

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
At this point, I give my trivet a nice press to make the seams look nice and crisp. Here's a fun little extra step I do...I use Caldrea Linen and Room Spray whenever I iron anything (even our clothes...which is rare!). I use this instead of starch and everything smells SO good. I get a lot of scent compliments, y'all, and I attribute them to this linen spray. I use it when I iron when sewing, too...these trivets will smell so nice when I give them as a gift to my mom. It's just a little detail that makes a fun difference. You can grab Caldrea Linen Spray HERE on Amazon (it's the cheapest I can find with the best selection). 

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
After the trivet is pressed, we'll do our lil' cheater binding.
Take the side that hasn't been sewn and fold it in a half an inch. Press this in place, too. Even just pressed, it looks like a nice, finished trivet. 

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
Head to your sewing machine to close and then quilt the trivet. You'll do a basic stitch all the way around the trivet, making sure to catch both fabrics and close the open side (you can stitch it on either side...it's nice to pick coordinating thread for the quilting, too). I do a seam that is the width of my presser foot...just to make it easy as I go around the entire square. In the next photo, I'll show how to finish each stitch (don't do any backstitches...just leave your beginning and ending threads long).

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
Take those beginning and ending threads and tie two knots to close off each stitch. Just clip the ends off of the excess threads. Flip this over and do it on the other side, too.

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
Keep going with squares, tying off every time. I just do several squares until I get to the middle of the trivet. 

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
You can really do any kind of quilting style you like. The squares are just easy enough for me to handle with my non-quilting self. 

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
I just did lines of stitching on one of the other trivets I made. It's fun to play around with the quilting and designs.

Easy Quilted Trivets | These trivets or hot pads make the perfect hostess gifts...or lovely addition to your own home.
What do you think? Is this the kind of project you like to do?




3 comments:

  1. I love these trivets and thank you

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  2. Those are gorgeous. Love the fabric you used!

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  3. Loved the post. I'm always a sucker for anything sewn, and these trivets are so cute.

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