DIY Monochrome Braided Trivet

Inspired by a beautiful cloth trivet I spotted in a local Portuguese lifestyle store, I decided to try my hand at making my own DIY Monochrome Braided Trivet. I loved the idea of hand dying cloth and braiding it, and I think you would too – it took me right back to grade 6.

Seriously though, this is an easy weekend project but if you are anything like me, the sewing part is slow… I use to be good at sewing, now I am just a train wreck. My mother would be so embarrassed. Have you lost your crafty/sewing skills like me? It sucks.

All that said, my DIY Monochrome Braided Trivet turned out beautiful. It is the perfect trivet for our Chemex coffee pot (this is the huge one we have).  We are absolutely obsessed with it. We have to be so careful with all our teak (subtle brag) as it marks so easily.

DIY Monochrome Braided Trivet - beautiful tye dyed cloth trivet for under $7. Something practical doesn't have to be ugly! Via

After I spotted the beautiful artisan trivets at the store, I looked online for a tutorial and found this simple one by Martha Stewart. It looked easy enough and was quite similar to the desired look – except I knew I wanted to attempt to do some tie dye effects on my cloth when I dyed it.

Martha keeps it simple and dyed all the cloth…Whereas I was looking for a variety of shades with my cloth. Keep it nice and Boho around here, you know?

She also had a simple post about dying the fabric. What Martha neglected to share was what would happen if you followed her directions along with the required directions for using Rit dye.

Martha Stewart DIY FAIL

That’s a big old #DIYFAIL

But I salvaged things and have adjusted the directions for you all! All in, this project cost less than 7$ a trivet!


supplies braided trivet

Part 1 (hand dying)

  • 1 yard of tea towel material or ticking material (must be 100% natural fibers – mine was 60% cotton, 40% linen). Martha used ‘ticking’ which is basically the same as what I bought
  • plastic gloves
  • Black Rit dye
  • tongs
  • bucket or large bowl (I used plastic but stainless steel is better as it doesn’t stain)

Part 2 (sewing)

  • needle
  • scissors
  • thread that blends in with your cloth
  • a clip

The first step to make your monochrome trivet is dying your fabric. I bought natural colored fabric that had a gray stripe on it. I figured that would go best with the black and white. Martha recommended cutting the fabric into 3″ strips… To be honest, I found this TOO thick. Next time around, I would go much smaller, 1.5-2″.

As always, I had my trusty blog assistant on hand to get in the way. She helped me measure out 3″ marks.

diy braided trivet instructions

After you have cut your fabric out, decide how much you are going to dye. I wanted one white piece per two dyed. Follow the directions on the Rit box for dying procedure (for dying in a bucket/bowl, not a machine).

If you are like me, I did some shibori style techniques with elastics on my fabric and dyed different sections for different time periods (to achieve various shades of black and gray).  Next time I will use pieces of wood to create more unique patterns.

DIY Monochrome, Braided Trivet -

Once your fabric is dry get it ready to braid. I followed Martha’s directions for braiding the fabric. I did my own thing for sewing the braid into a trivet shape…. Which turned it into a hot mess underneath, but no one usually sees that part. Unless one would want to flip it over… (I shant be doing that).

braiding cloth for crafts

I think you will love the unique monochrome effect that is created when you use shibori methods to dying the fabric. I would like to experiment with different types of cottons as I think a softer cotton might be easier to braid…

With that said, the tea towel material is best for kitchen and dining use. It was really helpful to use the iron to press down the material while I was sewing it together.

making a cloth trivet

I love the idea that you could dye the fabric to match your color scheme in your kitchen or dining room. Or what about recycling old kitchen linens into trivets? Forget quilts, they are too hard to make. Trivets? Anyone can make them!

making a pot holder monochrome

I should be honest. This trivet likely won’t see a pot anytime soon. Planned daily usage?

make your own cloth trivet

Sweet, sweet coffee love.

DIY black and white trivet

Don’t you love the spectrum of blacks and grays contrasted against the crisp white? That’s my jam right there.

DIY Braided Trivet

I always seem to have an audience when I am trying to take pictures.

cat watching me work

If you end up making a trivet, I would love to see it! Share with me on Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram @rowhousenest

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