November 20, 2014

PICTORIAL: The Table Running Trivet

Thanksgiving! I haven't forgotten about it. I'm already planning the dishes in my head that I'll be preparing and serving family style. I'm mentally choosing the serving plates and trays I'll be using. And I'm wondering how I'll protect my table from all that hot food. With a table runner-length insulated-trivet/hot-pad, of course! I've been meaning to sew one since I first hosted extended family for a meal and had to use a mish-mash of pot holders and trivets. As I planned to finally sew it I realized I could make it reversible for year-round use; as I sewed I realized I could write down the directions of my version to share here. So here's a bonus Thursday pictorial post, in case you feel like sewing one up before next Thursday.

Great pictorial illustrating how to sew a table runner that functions as a hot-pad/trivet -- and it's reversible! | The Inspired Wren


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This runner is a narrow 11.5" wide and a full 60" long, custom fit for our Ikea (Stornäs) dinning table. I kept the ends simple with angled corners and the construction even simpler with bias-bound edges. (But then I accidentally picked up single-fold, instead of double-fold, bias tape and it was a struggle to bind -- though I really like the thin-look of the binding in the final piece.) The runner protects the table thanks to a layer of Insul-Bright insulated batting sandwiched between two layers of 100% cotton. I found the Insul-Bright in the utility fabric section at Joann's -- it's the stuff you'd use to make pot-holders and oven mitts, or to insulate a lunch bag. And I have enough left over that you can probably expect a few of those projects in the future.

Great pictorial illustrating how to sew a table runner that functions as a hot-pad/trivet -- and it's reversible! | The Inspired Wren

If you'd like full written directions, you can download the free 2-page PDF version here; you'll need a Craftsy account, but that's also free with an email address. Otherwise follow along with the pictures below to sew an insulated, reversible table-runner-length trivet/hot pad (that really is a mouthful, isn't it?).


Great pictorial illustrating how to sew a table runner that functions as a hot-pad/trivet -- and it's reversible! | The Inspired Wren

Great pictorial illustrating how to sew a table runner that functions as a hot-pad/trivet -- and it's reversible! | The Inspired Wren

Great pictorial illustrating how to sew a table runner that functions as a hot-pad/trivet -- and it's reversible! | The Inspired Wren

Great pictorial illustrating how to sew a table runner that functions as a hot-pad/trivet -- and it's reversible! | The Inspired Wren


Insulated, reversible table runner that functions as a triver (or hot pad) | The Inspired Wren


The fun part of this blog, is that I'm finally sewing all the projects that have been floating around in my head. This one's been in there for years, I'm so happy to finally have it in my hands -- getting to share it here is just a bonus!

Great pictorial illustrating how to sew a table runner that functions as a hot-pad/trivet -- and it's reversible! | The Inspired Wren


When you plan your Runner, choose one fabric that works for every day dinners and another fabric that will brighten up the holidays; and remember to choose 100% cotton, you wouldn't want it to melt after all your hard work. I chose Generic Holiday Red that can work for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or even the Fourth of July (with some white and blue table décor) and, for the reverse, a print that matches the décor of the living & dining rooms in our open floor plan. Of course the Table Running Trivet can also make a lovely grab-bag or hostess gift.

Whether you sew one for your own home or as a gift I'd love to see it. Come share your projects on The Inspired Wren Share page. There you can link up images of your work from a blog, Flickr, Pinterest, or Instagram.

Great pictorial illustrating how to sew a table runner that functions as a hot-pad/trivet -- and it's reversible! | The Inspired Wren


PS! Thanks for stopping by and reading to the end. If you like the Spiral Crochet Planter Cover be sure to check out the tutorial on how to crochet one for yourself. If you're looking for other holiday-inspired projects consider the Felt Bauble Ornament or the Tall-Tree Pillow. And remember there are plenty of other project (and potential gift!) ideas on the Turorials page.  ~Ren.

 



Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.

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16 comments:

  1. Great idea! It looks nice, and it protects the table.

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  2. I do like the idea of one insulated table runner as opposed to an assortment of coasters. Good idea to make it reversible, Ren.

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  3. Lovely, I am going to make me one for Christmas dinner!

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  4. I made a similar table runner for my mother last year. She loves it!! And it's way handier than getting out a jillion individual trivets. I've got a Craft Gossip post that links to your tutorial here:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-table-runner-trivet/2014/11/24/
    --Anne

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  5. I really like the look of this. I just have one question; in regards to the 60.5" length-- did you join the fabric in the middle or did you purchase a length of 60.5" for this project? I'm trying to determine if my stash would support this project already :)

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    1. I did NOT join the fabric in the middle -- I bought two yards of each -- my perfectionism would have driven me crazy every time I sat at the table if I didn't join the pattern just right. And I was looking for a super fast project. That said, you could easily join fabric at any of the 5" increments and then stitch in the ditch when you quilt the layers together.

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  6. I wonder if I can do this before Thursday? Thank you so very much for a beautiful pattern that is exactly what I have been thinking about looking for, plus I have two friends who would absolutely love this runner. Love the colors and the fabric too.

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    1. You can! It's a quick project from start to finish, I promise.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the pattern - can't wait to try one of these!

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    1. YAY! If you do, I'd love to see it.

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