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Project

Linen Trivets

Steps

  1. Step 1

    For each trivet, you'll need two or three pieces of cork cut from a roll of thin bulletin-board cork, available at your local stationers; measure cork to fit trimly inside a set of matching napkins.

  2. Step 2

    Paste the cork layers together with white craft glue.

  3. Step 3

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    Sew napkins together along three sides, keeping stitches close to the edge so as not to compete with the design; slide the cork in on the open side.

  4. Step 4

    Remove cork after dinner, and launder the napkins with other table linens.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2000

Reviews (28)

  • 15 Feb, 2012

    A trick from my momwho would add herbs to the trivet so when the hot dish sat on it, the herbal aroma would waft supremely. I like rosemary. Not too much, so its not bulky!

  • 1 Nov, 2011

    Great idea, since I have some old cork trivets w/pictures on them, and they've been around for some time.....I'm surprised I didn't think about this b4!!!

  • 25 Aug, 2011

    great idea for Mother's linens with little ability to sew! Thanks for the great idea!!

  • 21 May, 2008

    Out standing idea, I love to have my wood on my table showing and this will tie my table setting together, YEAH.

  • 21 May, 2008

    Outstanding idea. I'm surprised I haven't seen these at craft shows and gift stores.

  • 21 May, 2008

    I have so many mismatched vintage linen napkins, thanks for this great idea, I'll be sewing this weekend.
    Joanne in Australia

  • 20 May, 2008

    What a fabulous idea for olderwhite napkins or any color for that matter that need to be recycled.

  • 19 May, 2008

    After making the oxford napkins from a former project you could make a matching trivet from any leftover fabric.

  • 19 May, 2008

    The great thing about white is that it can always be bleached and washed. People are to threatened by the color. I have six kids and 2 white couches. I take off the slip covers and throw them in. Other colors and patterned material would be good to, just make sure that if you use white leave one side open so you can slip out the cork and wash them.

  • 19 May, 2008

    Very pretty but not practicle in white. Can you imagine what they would look like after stirring the soup turine and setting the spoon back down as in the picture. I got cork trivets from IKEA and this would be cute with any other napkin or fabric and just slip them in.

  • 19 May, 2008

    Very pretty but not practicle in white. Can you imagine what they would look like after stirring the soup turine and setting the spoon back down as in the picture. I got cork trivets from IKEA and this would be cute with any other napkin or fabric and just slip them in.

  • 19 May, 2008

    Great idea. I think I'll use some other material for an outdoors party for the fourth of July. Maybe a jean material and somered and white boarder. Thanks.

  • 19 May, 2008

    Very good idea, and so simple.

  • 19 May, 2008

    This is a lovely idea! I have a rather large stash of linen napery that are
    going to find a new purpose.
    They will make nice gifts as well.

  • 19 May, 2008

    you could take this one step further by using matching napkins on the trivets to the ones you serve guests that would also match the tablecloth.

  • 19 May, 2008

    What a lovely hostess gift this would make, along with a lovely tea cup filled with Cream Earl Grey tea or a casserole dish. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for posting this idea.

  • 19 May, 2008

    Lovely idea! I have been using very old thick cardboard trivets, covered with heavy flannel and then crocheted doilies. Easy enough to care for except the doilies have to be slip stitched back on afer laundering. I like Martha's idea better and I'll give a try. I have a stash of old linen napkins (from my days as a collector) and just need the cork.

  • 19 May, 2008

    This is one of the best craft ideas I've seen. I'm going out now to get what I need. Just a great and simple idea

  • 19 May, 2008

    What a clever way to co-ordinate your tablescape! Look for linen napkins at your local Thrift Store, as they get donations of odd numbers frequently. Thanks for the idea Martha!! I have two upcoming BBQ's scheduled to hostess, so I will use this idea to complete the look!!

  • 19 May, 2008

    Taking this one step further, if you sew and you made your table runner, use leftover fabric to make slip cases for the cork trivets. Great gift idea, Martha!

  • 19 May, 2008

    Taking this one step further, if you sew and you made your table runner, use leftover fabric to make slip cases for the cork trivets. Great gift idea, Martha!

  • 19 May, 2008

    Really cool idea!! Thanks!

  • 19 May, 2008

    What a great idea!!! This is one of your best - trivets to match the seasons and my decor. I can hardly wait to try this one.

  • 19 May, 2008

    I made it even easier, I purchased cork trivets and just slipped them into the napkins.

  • 19 May, 2008

    Really great idea! Round slightly the cork corners. Set the three layers of cork (glued) with something heavy on top for about one our, then sand the edges for a neat finish and longer wear.

  • 19 May, 2008

    Really great idea! Round slightly the cork corners. Set the three layers of cork (glued) with something heavy on top for about one our, then sand the edges for a neat finish and longer wear.

  • 19 May, 2008

    This is a great idea. Not only for what Tarcher said but also if you have a theme going and you can't find trivets to match it. Lovely idea.

  • 26 Mar, 2008

    We have two potluck's a month in our home and my trivets are old and mis-matched. I have been looking for new one's but so far haven't found any worth buying. This project idea ended my search and I now have all the trivets I will need and can change them to match whatever season or decor I'm using. Thank you for sharing this great idea!!!