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Fabric Crochet Heart Coasters and Trivet

Set a Romantic Table for Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, or Other Occasions

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Fabric Crochet Heart Shape, Which Can Be Used as a Coaster or a Trivet.
Fabric Crochet Heart Shape, Which Can Be Used as a Coaster or a Trivet. Photo © Amy Solovay.

When you're setting the table for a romantic occasion, there are many ways you could do it. You could use dramatic tablecloths, fancy doilies, gorgeous placemats, or other sorts of linens.

If the meal is going to be a little more casual, these pretty heart coasters might make a nice addition to your table setting. You can make them yourself using this free pattern and the instructions below.

By the way, this heart design would also make a lovely trivet or hot pad as well.

Crochet Skill Level: Advanced / Experienced. In theory, this should be an easy pattern -- it would be easy if crocheted with yarn. However, in practice, I found it challenging to crochet this design using fabric strips, hence the rating I've assigned it.

Tools and Materials Needed:

Sewing Machine: You can do this project without a sewing machine, but it will take much longer without it. When I travel, I often process some of my fabric strips using hand sewing techniques, and it is slow to do it that way -- recommended only for patient crafters.

Fabric and Matching Thread: This heart is crocheted using strips of fabric and a large crochet hook. I chose a predominantly red batik fabric for making my sample project, but there are many possibilities for different fabrics you could try using. In any case, I do recommend that you use cotton, especially if you are going to make a trivet or hot pad. Do not under any circumstances use a synthetic fabric (like acrylic or polyester) for projects that will come into contact with hot dishes; if they get too hot, they could melt. Cotton is a much safer choice, which is why I recommend it.

The fabric strips I used measure about 1 1/4 inches. When the strips are stitched together end to end, it turned out to be a bit less than 10 yards worth of fabric strips all together. I recommend preparing more than that in case your crochet tension is different than mine. You can always add more strips at the end, but it's a pain in the neck to have to stop and do it once you are crocheting.

Fray Check or similar fabric glue -- optional.

Crochet Hook:

To make my sample heart, I used a size K / 10 1/2 -- 6.50 mm crochet hook. In hindsight, this is way to small a hook for comfortable crocheting. I recommend using a larger hook when you make your heart. If you do, your piece is likely to urn out larger than mine did, which is fine if you are making a hot pad or trivet. If you're making a coaster, it'll be a big one -- great for use with super-sized drinks or extra large tankards / mugs / etc.

Finished Size:

My sample heart measures about 5 inches wide at its widest point, and about 5 3/4 inches long at its longest point.

How to Prepare the Fabric Strips:

Cut strips of fabric measuring about 1 1/4 inches by however long they turn out; if you can, it's a good idea to cut them on the bias (diagonally.) Then stitch your pieces together end to end to form one long continuous strip.

If you like sewing better than you like cutting, you can use a quilter's jelly roll for this project. A jelly roll is essentially a bundle of fabric that's already been cut into strips. However, in most cases, the strips will not be the right size, and they will still need to be cut down more. I used a bundle of "Stripz" fabric to create my sample project, and I ended up cutting the strips in half again.

If you are using fabric that frays at the edges, fold each of the edges in so that they meet in the middle, then fold the entire piece in half again, then stitch all the way down the strip so that it will stay closed. This will help to keep the fraying from being visible in the finished project. I did this to all of my edges.

When you are finished cutting and stitching, wind your strips into a ball for easy crocheting.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Heart Instructions:

ch 7. sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 1, work 11 sc sts in ring.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in next sc, then work 2 sc sts in ea of the next 10 sc. You should have a total of 21 sc sts. sl st to join the work to the beg of the round.


Round 3: ch 1.
sc in next sc.
In next sc, work 3 sts as follows: 2 dc and 1 tr.
In next sc, work 3 sts as follows: 2 tr and 1 dc.
Work 1 hdc in ea. of the next 3 sts.
Work 1 sc st in ea of the next 3 sts.
hdc in next st.
Work the lower point of the heart in the next st as follows: dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc.

Create the Other Half of the Heart:


hdc in next st.
Work 1 sc st in ea of the next 3 sts.
Work 1 hdc in ea. of the next 3 sts.
In next sc, work 3 sts as follows: 1 dc and 2 tr.
In next sc, work 3 sts as follows: 1 tr and 2 dc.
sc in next sc.
sl st to join the work in the next st.

Round 4: Work 1 sl st in ea st, all the way around.

Finishing:

End off. Weave in your loose ends using a smaller crochet hook. Alternately, you can use a needle and thread to stitch them to the project in an inconspicuous spot, and then cut off any excess. You may wish to finish any raw edges with Fray Check or a similar fabric glue.

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