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Dyed and Braided Trivets

Pretty and practical, these surface protectors were made by weaving together strips of dyed ticking fabric. We used a traditional technique that, if you keep going, will result in a braided throw rug.




You can make your own tints by playing around with standard store-bought liquid dye in a large basin. Our process lends itself to experimentation because results are immediate -- and you can adjust the colors as you go. Get the Braiding How-To


  • Pink ticking fabric, at fabric stores and flea markets
  • Liquid fabric dye
  • Salt
  • Large metal or porcelain bowl or basin
  • 24 cups of very hot water
  • Rubber gloves


  1. Step 1

    You will need a large bowl or basin, 24 cups of very hot water, about 6 heaping tablespoons of salt, and, of course, ticking (prewash it in warm water with detergent to loosen the fibers and clean it; then dry thoroughly). Wear rubber gloves to protect your skin, and use metal or brand-new porcelain bowls because dye can stain plastic, fiberglass, or worn porcelain. (You can also dye in a washing machine, but don't use our recipes; instead, follow the instructions on the dye container.)

  2. Step 2

    Soak ticking in a separate bath of hot water until ready to begin dyeing.

  3. Step 3


    Prepare the dye bath: Fill the basin with very hot water. Add salt to cover the bottom of the bowl. Pour in dye. Stir well. Wring ticking, and slowly submerge in dye bath, making sure fabric is not bunched so it will dye evenly (if you want, use a test strip to see what the color looks like).

  4. Step 4


    To create our colors, leave the fabric in the dye bath for about 30 minutes and move it around every 10 minutes. If you're experimenting with tints, check fabric frequently to inspect shade, starting after just 30 seconds. To make the trivets, we used different dyes on several pieces of pink ticking. Pictured at left: plain pink ticking; 1/4 teaspoon purple; 4 teaspoons yellow; 1 teaspoon royal blue and 3 teaspoons country blue.

  5. Step 5

    Rinse ticking in cold water until the water runs clear; this will remove excess dye and salt. Dry each piece of fabric separately in a dryer or on a clothesline.

  6. Step 6

    When cleaning dyed fabric, machine-wash on the gentle cycle with detergent in cold water.Get the Braiding How-To



Reviews (12)

  • hazel1 26 May, 2013

    Ladies .... under the instructions for dyeing the fabric... there is ..... BRIDING HOW on that.......all the instrucions are they... just look.......

  • wendyapples 6 Apr, 2013

    the trivet instruction link, in blue, is just under the dyeing instructions

  • lyndamb 5 Apr, 2013

    Instructions, please!!!

  • gramacj 5 Apr, 2013

    Where is the rest of the instructions for the braided trivets.


  • gramacj 5 Apr, 2013

    Where is the rest of the instructions?

  • VenturousJude 5 Apr, 2013

    Like everyone else, where are the rest of the instructions?

  • Fredoniamed 5 Apr, 2013

    Where are the rest of the instructions for the braided trivet?

  • LakeladyPatti 5 Apr, 2013

    Once again we only get part of the information. Martha, you are driving us crazy!

  • cs76134 5 Apr, 2013

    Martha, you give us too much credit. LOL. Can you please include how to make the trivet itself!


  • miralee1 5 Apr, 2013

    How do you make the Braided Trivets? The link for the Pink ticking fabric doesn't work either.

  • Lillylee 5 Apr, 2013

    Where are the directions for the braiding of the trivet? How wide should the strips be cut? How many? Is it a traditional braid?
    Marilyn K

  • karengbwi 5 Apr, 2013

    Are there instructions for making the actual trivet? Such as how wide to cut the strips, how often to tack in place, etc?