Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cloth trivets

As seen in Jackie's house: Cloth Trivets (instructions revised 1/17/09).

This will further exercise your sewing machine, but mostly your glue. I think of a hot pad as something protective and flexible that you hold in your hand, and since these are inflexible and sit on the table, I call them "cloth trivets."

Materials:
  • Two 5" to 10" squares of cardboard (will cut into circles)
  • One piece polyester or cotton batting to fit cardboard
  • Two pieces of fabric 3" larger than the diameter of your cardboard circles (muslin, scrap, or to coordinate with washable cover)
  • One piece fabric 6" larger than the diameter of your cardboard circles
  • Tacky glue
  • 1/4" elastic, as long as the circumference of your cardboard circles
Directions:
  1. Cut a couple identical discs out of corrugated cardboard. Jackie had a variety of sizes, from 5" to about 10".
  2. Glue cotton or polyester quilt batting to one side of one disc, extending a quarter inch bit over the edges. This is the top of your hot pad.
  3. Cut two circles of your chosen fabric about 3 inches larger in diameter than the cardboard circle . This can be muslin, scrap fabric, or you may want to choose a fabric that coordinates with the washable cover you will make.
  4. Clip edges of the fabric circles, about 3/4" - 1" clips.
  5. Set the plain disc down on the wrong side of the fabric and use Tacky Glue to apply fabric tightly and smoothly to the disc edges. Clipping first will help.
  6. Set the other disc, batting side down, on the wrong side of the other fabric, and do the same as step #5.
  7. You don't have to wait for drying, but can immediately spread glue on the back of one of the discs, and press the two together. Putting them under a weight (i.e. phone book or iron skillet) while drying helps.
That's the basic insides of the hot pad, but the neat part comes next. You can make interchangeable covers for these, out of fabric sewn basically the same way you would make a shower cap.
  1. From your choice of decorative, washable fabric, cut a circle about 5 - 6" larger in diameter than the cloth trivet.
  2. Fold and sew down the edge all around so that it will accommodate 1/4" elastic. Insert elastic and tighten just enough so that it will hold tightly around the cloth trivet and yet be easily removed for washing or to change your color scheme.
  3. When not in use for table protection, use these for an indoor Frisbee tournament. No, on second thought, outside would be better.
I will post a photo when I have mine made.

Note: As of 1/17/09, I haven't made any, but they are still on my to-do list - maybe for next Christmas.
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