Monday, January 25, 2016

qayg scrappy trivets {a tutorial}

I'd like to share a super simple scrappy project with you today.

Don't these scrappy trivets/ snack mats look fun? And you know what? All you need to make them are some fabric scraps, leftover batting, backing fabric, and just a little bit of time.

Each trivet finishes at 8" square and I absolutely love how they all turned out (I do have to admit gray and gray and mustard ones are my favorites, though).

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Here's a quick how to in case you'd like to make a few of these yourselves.

To make one 8" trivet you will need:
scraps (either random ones or separated by color)
two 10" squares of batting (use cotton only, or you could use one batting and one Insul-Bright if you want your trivet to be heat proof)
10" square of backing fabric

1. Sort and press your scraps.

2. Make one approximately 10" qayg block using one batting square and assortment of scraps and following this tutorial.

3. Trim your finished block to 8.5" square. (I usually draw an 8.5" square on the block and use 1/8" seam allowance to stitch inside the perimeter of  the drawn square to secure my quilting stitches before cutting out the square). Cut your square out.


4. Lay remaining batting (or Insul Bright) square on a flat surface. Place backing fabric right side up on top, then place finished block right side down. Align the edges, pin all the way around.

5. Use 1/4" seam allowance and stitch all the way around the perimeter of your trivet "sandwich" making sure to leave about 3" opening in one side for turning. Clip the corners, press the seams open.

6. Turn your trivet right side out through the opening, push the corners out, smooth out the edges, press. Clip/ pin the opening closed.

7. Use 1/8" seam allowance to stitch all the way around the perimeter of your trivet (you'll stitch the opening closed as you sew). Backstitch at the end. Trim any stray threads, press, and you're finished.

Super easy, wasn't it? And such great fun to use up some scraps. 

I hope you give these trivets a try. And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group or use #sotakhandmade if posting on IG. I love seeing all your amazing creations.

Happy Monday, friends! Svetlana


  1. Your color fabric choices are always fabulous :) -Lauren

  2. I'm with Lauren--your fabric/color choices elevate these simple trivets to something really special :) And thanks for the tutorial!

  3. I think I need new potholders! Great inspiration!

  4. These tick all my favourite boxes: scraps, qayg & practical!! Well done lovely! Jxo

  5. I make these every Christmas. Always turn out great and so fun to use scraps;)

  6. You make the cutest stuff! Love your ideas and the fabrics you use.

  7. I love your qayg stuff, it's always so wonderful. I love the little sheep in the blue fabric too! Such a good idea for a trivet, I need to remember this. :)

  8. Very sweet trivets! Love your colour groupings.

  9. These are lovely, Svetlana. Thank you for the tutorial.

  10. Thanks for the tutorial - I love your fabric selections - these are so cute!

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial. I've really enjoyed making these and will be making a bunch more soon. I blogged about them here:

  12. The link to quilt as you go is no longer working. I'm curious how you do it. Is there another link? Thanks!

  13. Hi Svetlana,
    Just so you know, the Quilt as you Go tutorial link is no longer working in this blog post! For others looking, I found some instructions here:


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