I’m so smitten with cross stitch lately but I’m especially smitten with cross-stitching on nontraditional items. This cross stitch cork trivet is my latest experiment and I love the way it turned out. It’s a cheap and easy project and super useful too … the best combination. Let me show you how simple it is to make.
The cork trivet is made from a cork tile. These are easily found at craft stores and even at the dollar store. They’re already cut to size and require no trimming or shaping.
Create a cross-stitch pattern on graph paper. You can find a simple pattern online or create your own. I wanted something really simple and just made two lines to run across the bottom of the trivet.
Size the pattern as you want. I made X’s that were two by two on the graph paper. Avoid making them too small or the holes will be too close and the cork will tear.
Tape the pattern on to the cork and use a drill with a small drill bit or an awl to punch holes through each X.
Using a needle with a wide eye and your choice of fine yarn or embroidery thread, stitch through each X. Do one row at a time, making all stitches in the same direction. Use a dab of hot glue to attach the ends of the yarn to the back of the trivet, keeping the glue as flat as possible so the trivet sits properly.
When you complete the stitches, you’ll have a unique trivet that’ll not only protect your countertops but will look fabulous at the same time.
Whip up a pile of coordinating cork trivets for the next buffet you host …
… or make a few to give as creative hostess gifts.
For more creative cross stitch ideas, be sure to check out my cross stitched chair …
… and my cross stitch heart wall art.