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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pot mats

by Amanda of Amanda Brooke

Oh dear! The days are becoming a blur in the school holidays and I have lost track, so my apologies to the co-op and dear readers for not posting this earlier today. My head is a little fuzzy today too with a pinched nerve in my neck, making writing a post a little uncomfortable too, so I will keep today's post brief and reflect on something that's on my mind.

In 2010 I crocheted pot mats (trivets) using garden twine (jute string) and crochet cotton. These mats have been most hard-wearing and soften naturally after a couple of washes. They are extremely practical and function well.

I've been thinking about other materials I could use to make these mats using crochet to create them and have come up with knotted together lengths of fabric strips, much like a rag rug but I wondered if any of the readers here had made them from anything frugal or simple?

Do you have any suggestions of other materials that could be used that would be sturdy and protect work surfaces in the kitchen?

Amanda

9 comments:

Attila said...

I've made potholders from strips of rag crocheted together, but I think they would be better as mats because they are a little too thick.

Heidi said...

I've been looking for homemade gift ideas for next Christmas, and I'll definately try to make a few of these.

Liz said...

I crochet with fabric - old bedsheets are good, soft and easy to work with. I'm making a denim crochet doormat at the moment - hard on the hands, but I think it will wear well.

Ilene said...

I knew someone who used to make mats out of bread wrappers and plastic grocery bags. I've made front-door rugs out of jute but they tend to fall apart with time and use. I had a little more durability with one I had combined with denim strips from old bluejeans but the jute made it impossible to wash in the washing machine -- hose down only.

Sarah said...

T shirts without side seams make great 'yarn'. Cut the bottom seam off and then cut the body on a spiral about 1/2 inch wide. Pull the strips gently and the edges curl in nicely. It doesn't fray either.
I knit some on giant knitting needles to make a cool bath mat.

Anonymous said...

I saved my corn husks from last year to make placemats.

Info here:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4515378_make-placemat-corn-husks.html

You could also braid cotton strips.

Last year I made a bathroom rug with the toothbrush-rug-method.

Info here:
http://www.ragrugcafe.com/toothbrush-rugs-complete-video-instructions-part-1-beginners

The rug is very pretty, soft, but sturdy. I made it from old bedsheets. It was way easier this way than to crochet the strips, but looks equally nice.

The jute-cotton-combination seems to be a good idea!

Best wishes!
Bettina

gisele said...

felted wool sweaters sew up into beautiful trivets that insulate beautifully.

amanda brooke said...
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amanda brooke said...

I like the idea of trying denim and corn husks as I hadn't considered these! Thanks for your comments!