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Festive Foliage

Large trivets in leafy shapes add seasonal style while protecting your dinner table from piping-hot plates.

Created By: **researcher: Andrea Cowsert**




  • Leaf template
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Wool felt
  • Disappearing-ink fabric pen
  • Fabric shears


  1. Step 1

    On a photocopier, enlarge the leaf template to desired size. (For a 17 1/2-by-15 1/2-inch leaf, photocopy the template at 313 percent, and then enlarge the copy an additional 313 percent. Oversize printouts may require several sheets of paper; piece together with tape.) Cut out template.

  2. Step 2

    Using a disappearing-ink fabric pen, trace the template onto wool felt. Cut out with fabric shears.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat to make multiple trivets, and place on tabletop, layering two or more leaves in the spots where hot dishes will rest.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2007



Reviews (7)

  • MikeW 25 Nov, 2010

    Eco Glue is heat resistant.

  • oreomama 25 Nov, 2010

    Felt with peel and stick backing is at walmart in a pkg. I plan to do this, what a wonderful hostess gift also.

  • sandyalmeida 19 Nov, 2010

    Is there a way to cut out a piece of 1/4 inch cork the same shape as the leaf? I can't figure out how to adhere the felt to the cork and then put a hot dish on it without melting the glue again. I think double sided hem tape would do the trick, but not sure. Any suggestions out there? I just think the added cork underlay would really look great. Any comments??

  • catzcoffeenminis 17 Nov, 2007

    LOVE this template!! Since we'll be camping for Thanksgiving, these will really dress up my Thanksgiving table in our sparsely-decorated RV. I also enjoyed Debi

  • hayleyglasson 17 Nov, 2007

    I also love this idea, I totally agree that by using other fabrics and thinking of other occasion when you can do the same thing all year round, is so cool.

    Maygirl01, I love your idea to add the quilting and other quilting fabrics, I have an awsome harvest printed cotton fabric that would suit this pattern so much and if you used a large holly leaf pattern for Christmas it would be so amazing on a white table cloth with red, green, blue and other coloured leaves.

  • Debi1217 16 Nov, 2007

    this one was really fun to do. The table looks fun and is functional as the felt protects the table. I think my guests will be wowed by the look. I am goin to do this for other occasions using different templates and will decorate the peices alittle more.

  • maygirl01 4 Nov, 2007

    I thought this was so cute, I decided to take it a step further. I doubled the layers and added batting between them. I then added veining in place of quilting and machine stitched a 1/4" seam around the edge. It makes for a perfect potholder and adds a seasonal touch to my table. I think quilted fabric would be adorable as well, since it would be more durable than the felt.