Pie Trivet Sewing Tutorial
Did you know that National Pie Day is this month? January 23rd to be exact. We are celebrating this fun event with a brand-new tutorial! This Pie Trivet is super easy to make and will brighten up your counter while protecting it from the heat of a pie – fresh out of the oven!
National Pie Day was started in the 1970’s by a Boulder, Colorado teacher. He declared his birthday – January 23rd – to be National Pie Day and by 1986, the National Pie Council began to sponsor this event. What would you declare as a “National Day” on your birthday? Tiara Day sounds perfect to us!
Let’s get started with the Pie Trivet sewing project! To begin with you, will need to download and print off the Pie Trivet Circle Cutting Template. Check-out the link below:
PDF Template Link: Pie Trivet Circle Cutting Template
General Project Details:
The finished Pie Trivet will measure 12” in diameter. This is a beginner project that will use basic quilting skills as well as binding. The project is designed to be a fast finish and you can even use fabric in your stash or large scraps!
- 2 Fat Quarters -or- 2 larger than 12” x 12” scrap fabrics
- 1 Larger than 12” x 12” square Insulated Batting
- 1.5 yards of double fold ½” bias tape
You will need two fat quarters -or- two larger than 12” x 12” scrap fabrics for both sides of the trivet. We recommend quilting cotton or canvas fabric. Additionally, you will need a larger than 12” x 12” square of insulated batting such as Warm & Company Insul Bright Insulated Batting. For the binding, you can either use premade double fold ½” bias binding such as Wrights Double Fold Bias Tape, ½” by 3-Yard or you can make your own. In total, you will need 1.5 yards of the double fold ½” bias tape.
If you decide to make your own binding, it must be created by cutting on the bias of the fabric. Because this trivet is a circle, you will need to have the give and flexibility of the fabric to allow it to circle neatly along the outside edge of the trivet. Here is a link to a great tutorial on how to make quick and easy bias tape below:
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Fabric Shears
- Sewing Machine
- Straight Pins -or- Binding Clips
- Safety Pins -or- Basting Spray
- Water Soluble Pen
Our favorite fabric rotary cutter is the KAI 45mm Rotary Cutter. Additionally, these 45mm Midnight Edition Rotary Blades from LDH Scissors last forever! LDH Scissors also has created beautiful 8” Fabric Shears that make cutting fabric a breeze! If you need quilting pins, these Clover Flower Head Pins are a great size to work with. The Clover Binding Clips are our favorite. And finally, we used the Clover Water Erasable Marker for this project.
Step 1: Cutting Fabric
Print off the Pie Trivet Circle Cutting Template from the PDF download above. Measure the 1” Square Test Block on the pattern to make sure the template is printed at the correct dimension prior to using. Cut the template out by following the lines. You will also need a fabric marker and fabric shears.
To use the template, first fold one of the fabrics or batting in half.
Then fold the fabric or batting in half one more time.
Place the Pie Trivet Circle Cutting Template at the folded corner of the fabric or batting. Make sure the template is lined up directly along the 90° edges of both folded corners. Use binding clips or pins to hold the template in place.
With a fabric marker, trace a line along the outside of the arc directly onto the fabric or batting. You can remove the template, but make sure that the fabric has not shifted by keeping the pins or binding clips in place.
With your fabric shears, cut along the line. When the fabric or batting is unfolded, you will have a perfect circle!
Repeat this step for the remaining fabrics and batting.
Step 2: Create a Quilt Sandwich and Quilt
You should have two 12” round fabrics and one 12” round batting.
Create a quilt sandwich by placing the batting between the two fabrics.
Both fabrics should have the right sides facing outward and away from the batting.
Use pins or basting spray to hold the three layers together. Head over to your sewing machine to quilt the layers together however you would like to. For this project, we did a simple square pattern that measures ½” x ½”.
Step 3: Attach Binding
We are at the final step of this project. To attach the binding, you will need to unfold the double fold bias tape and place an unfinished edge along the outside edge of the quilted circle.
Make sure you have about 6 inches of binding slack that you will leave loose and will not sew. Sew along the first ½” creased line. Back-stitch at the beginning and end of all seams.
Continue sewing until you are about six inches away from where you began attaching the binding. Fold one end of the loose binding up at a 45° angle.
Place the other end of the binding over the folded binding. Trim the binding so that there is about an inch extra of fabric.
Trim the 45° fabric so that it lines up to the outside edge of the binding.
Fold binding over edge quilted pie trivet and pin or binding clip to hold in place.
Sew with an approximate 1/8 seam allowance along the unattached side of binding around the entire circle.
Congratulations! You have finished this fun Pie Trivet sewing project. We love seeing your work. Please tag us @little.fabric.shop on Instagram if you make this Pie Trivet. And if you have a pie recipe you love, please share!! Happy Sewing – and baking too!