Retro Teardrop Trivet {Free Pattern}


Sometimes, when I have new fabric, I can't resist making something small and quick with it... just so that I can play with it. Do you do this too?

In all honestly, I feel like I have made a bazillion trivet's in the past, but they make such great gifts, that I never seem to have any for myself - or I just can't find them, when I need them.

I received some beautiful new fabric called Vintage Kitchen by Andrea Mueller for Riley Blake Designs. The colours are bright, bold and the prints make me smile with their cute cats and vintage Pyrex inspired designs.

Vintage Kitchen is available in Australia through Millhouse Collections

With these cute kitchen prints, I really wanted to make something to use in my kitchen/dining and really love how my RETRO TEARDROP TRIVET turned out. I thought I'd share the pattern here today, just in case you'd like to make some for yourself.

If you don't have time to create this project today, you can find the printable pattern at the end of this post.

To make a trivet, you need:

Bonding paper (eg Vliesofix or Heat n Bond etc)
(4) 4" of feature fabric for the teardrop applique
(1) 10" square of a background fabric - I used natural linen
(1) 12" square of backing fabric 
(2) 12" squares of batting
Cotton thread to match the applique fabric - I used Aurifil 50wt
Cotton thread in a neutral colour for the quilting
Strip of fabric for binding (I use single binding cut at 1 3/4" wide)

1. Begin by printing out the template and tracing the tear drop shape on to the paper side of the bonding paper, four times. Roughly cut these shapes approximately 1/4" outside of the drawn line.

2. With the glue side down, press the tear drop shapes to the back of the feature fabric. Once cool, cut these shapes out, directly on the drawn line and remove the backing papers.

3. Fold the background (linen) fabric across both diagonals and finger press slightly. This slight crease will be a good guide to centre the tear drop shapes. Centre the tear drop shapes on the linen leaving approximately a 1/2" gap between the shapes. Press the applique shapes in place.

4. Using the matching thread on your machine, applique these shapes in place. I used a straight stitch, but a zig zag or blanket or any other fancy stitch is fine too.

5. Sandwich the backing, batting and linen top. Baste with your preferred method (I like to spray baste for little projects like this).

6. Quilt as desired. I echo quilted around the shapes. Trim and square the trivet.

7. Attach the binding as you would a quilt.

Now go forth and make one or many of these trivets. I must warn you - they are a little addictive!!

No time to create right now? You can DOWNLOAD the printable instructions and pattern right here by clicking this link.

If you liked my pattern and use it to create your own Retro Teardrop Trivet then I would love to see your creations. Please email a picture to or tag me on social media with my handle @SameliasMum or hashtag #SameliasMum #RetroTeardropTrivet


  1. i love this,thankyou Anorina ,its a great project xx

  2. This is great Anorina would also make a fantastic mug rug I think, love that fabric too so cute.

  3. When I saw the first trivet I thought "four leaf clover". The echo quilting really sets off the pattern and the white background is clean and bright. I'd be surprised if you were able to keep these very long!

  4. Love tis, ran you!! How big is each teardrop supposed to be? Seems really small.


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