Best of DIYs | Woven Trivet by Bookhou

Today we're featuring another lovely project that Arounna Khounnoraj of bookhou did for us back in 2011 and another project that I think would be fun to do out on the deck or at the picnic table this summer. I love the salvage she used from her sewing projects, makes for some great texture and color.  Check it out below!

DIY With Bookhou: Woven Trivet

I have been collecting the selvage from my sewing projects and thought this was a fun way to use the material to create a nice trivet or little mat. if you don't have selvage scraps you can use and old shirt or pants and cut up strips to use. wool sweaters are really nice after the project you can wash it in hot water and it will felt nicely. this is also a nice project for kids.

What you need:
-four pieces of stretcher frame (I used 10 in.) - hammering into a scrap piece of wood works good too.
-nails and hammer
-scissors (not shown in picture)
-cardboard approx. 1.5 x 5 in. (not shown in picture)
-cut up scrap fabric (I used selvage that I have been collecting)

step 1
before you begin put the four corners together to create the frame and hammer nails about 3/4 in. apart - take the fabric and tie onto the first corner and begin to wrap around the nails on the top and bottom as shown.

step 2
take the cardboard and cut triangular notches with the scissors - take the fabric from the ball and wrap it around the cardboard (this will be your shuttle)

step 3
tie a knot to the first row

step 4
take the cardboard shuttle and begin to weave under and over - continue this way until you reach the other side and tie down the end piece.

step 5
remove the loops from the nails - and because it was under tension the loops will fill in from the expansion.

hope you will give it a try - thanks.

arounna khounnoraj

Jan Halvarson


Trisha Jones said...

Looks really cool and RUSTIC! I would love to do this with some pink or blue cloth!


Jan Halvarson said...

Trisha - let me know how it works out!

Elle said...

Where is your really cute pottery jug/measuring bowl from?

Jan Halvarson said...

Elle - The ceramic artist's name is Evelyne Rivest Savignac from Quebec - Arounna tells us she gets her work every year at the one of a kind show in Toronto - she doesn't have a website. You could maybe contact the One of A Kind Show in Toronto - - here is their contact page:

keiko suzuki said...

Wow, I love the salvaged fabric. Wonderful recycling project!