Double Duty Patchwork Table Runner

Patchwork Table Runner

It looks like an ordinary little table runner, doesn’t it?

Patchwork Table Runner

But this one’s got a little something extra going on inside — instead of just regular quilt batting, it also uses heat resistant Insul-Bright.

Patchwork Table Runner

So this quirky little table runner functions as one large trivet, big enough to hold a 9″x13″ dish and a smaller bowl.  Or a thirsty little bird.  (I kind of like the way the back shows off the quilted grid pattern.)

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Wine Cork Trivet

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Wine Cork Trivet

Make an easy trivet out of a handful of wine corks and a dryer vent hose clamp.  Use a screwdriver to “unwind” the clamp as far open as it will go, then stand up wine corks inside the circle.  It helps to use corks that are very close in height to create a flat surface.  I turned mine all in the same direction because I liked the variations in color, but you could switch it up so that each side of your trivet has some color.  Once the circle is full, lift the clamp so that it’s halfway up the corks, then use the screwdriver to tighten the clamp very firmly around the corks.  (Check to be sure you can’t wiggle any of the center corks.)  Ta-da!  Instant trivet, and you have an excuse to buy more wine.  You’re welcome!