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Leather-Handle Trivets

Our DIY leather-handled trivets — made from scraps of the lantern trim and napkin pockets on the previous pages — offer common ground to an eclectic Thanksgiving spread.

leather handled trivet tablescape

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart


On Thanksgiving, a serve-yourself setup feels personal when you bring out pieces in an interesting mix of materials and shapes. Pair curvy pewter and ironstone or ceramic tureens with leggy candlesticks and tiny gourds (which happen to make sweet bottle stoppers).


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  • Fabric (wool or medium-weight linen or cotton)

  • Fabric scissors

  • Cotton or wool batting

  • Light cowhide leather strip, 3/4 inch wide (Pictured: Tandy Leather lightweight cowhide leather strips, 3⁄4 inch, $15 for 50 inches,

  • Craft knife or scissors

  • Sewing supplies

  • Sewing machine (optional)

  • Iron

  • Straight pins

  • Embroidery thread


  1. Cut out two 5 1/4-inch squares, one 5 1/4-by-9 3/4-inch rectangle, and one 9 3/4-inch square of fabric. Cut out a 9 3/4-inch square of batting. Cut a 7-inch leather strip.

  2. Sew 5 1/4-inch squares together with a 3/8-inch seam allowance to form a long rectangle. Iron open seams.

  3. Sew this new rectangle to the rectangular piece of fabric with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. (Resulting patched square should measure 9 3/4 inches.) Iron open seams.

  4. Lay patched square right-side down on 9 3/4-inch fabric square, top with batting, and pin all three layers together. Sew around all four sides with a 3/8-inch seam allowance, leaving a 3-inch gap in middle of top side.

    leather trivet tablescape step 1
  5. Clip off corners and turn fabric right-side out through gap. Poke out corners so they're pointy, then stitch gap closed.

  6. For leather handle, punch small holes 3/8 inch from each end of leather strip. Use embroidery thread to stitch ends of strip onto trivet, centering it and pulling it through holes three or four times until secure.

    leather handled trivet tablescape step 3

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