How to Braid a Trivet
Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2004
Needle and thread
Cut ticking into nine 1-yard-long, 3-inch-wide strips. Stitch together the ends of three strips in the shape of a T (joining two to create one long strip; attaching the other perpendicular to the first two). Clip the stitched ends together with a clothespin, and tightly braid the strips into a rope, turning under the raw edges as you go. When you are finished, splice three new strips to the ends using a needle and thread; continue braiding. Repeat splicing and braiding with the last three strips of ticking.
Shape the trivet by coiling the rope. Use a steam iron to flatten the coil. Beginning at the center, stitch the ropes together in a zigzag pattern; keep the stitches hidden by running the needle through the outside and inside plaits of the braid (without going through the fabric). Iron again with a steam iron. Sew on a 1/2- inch-wide finished loop of ticking for hanging, if desired.