Trivet Tutorial

Protect your wooden tables and brighten your living space with this colorful, whimsical punch needle trivet.

| October 2019


Trivets are a must for any table as wool is a natural absorber of heat and the lanolin in wool helps it to repel liquid. Not only will this trivet protect and insulate a surface from hot pans, pots and dishes, but with its geometric design, the patterns and colours of the project will provide a perfect addition to a modern interior even when not being used.

Tools and Materials

  • Stretched frame of Monk’s cloth with minimum inside dimensions of 30 x 30cm (12 x 12 inches)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Download the trivet template from, sized to about 29cm (11-1/2 inches) in diameter
  • Light source
  • Soft leaded pencil
  • Oxford Company #10 regular punch needle tool
  • Bulky weight yarn suitable for use with a #10 regular punch needle in 5–6 different colours – 1x 100g ball in each colour (for other sizes of punch needle, use the appropriate weight yarn)
  • Staple remover
  • Scissors
  • About 102cm (40 inches) of thin piping cord or parcel string (optional)
  • Bulldog clips or clothes pegs
  • Tapestry needle


1. Stretch the Monk’s cloth over the frame. A 30 x 30-cm (12 x 12-inch) frame will give you enough room to comfortably lay out the trivet design with a 5-cm (2-inch seam) allowance. If you want a larger seam allowance then cut a bigger piece of cloth but the frame size shouldn't change unless you intend to make a larger trivet.


2. Trace the image of the trivet onto the front of the stretched frame.


3. For this project, the finished side will be the pile side or back side, so the opposite side to the side that you are punching on. By making the embroidered side or front of the piece the base of the trivet, this will allow the trivet to sit flat on the table top.



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