I have been in love with hand stitching since I was a little girl. My Mom taught me to cross stitch when I was about eight years old and I was hooked. Since then I've done lots of cross stitch, learned a bit of embroidery, then moved on to garment sewing in high school and quilting about ten years ago. Hand stitched items have such great character, and as an added bonus are greatly stress relieving to my disorganized brain that's always in a whirl.
Another thing my Mom taught me to make are bottle cap trivets. I was about 10 or 11 years old when she taught me how to make these handmade gems. It's actually very simple, and you're only limited to the size and shape of your trivet by the number of bottle caps you have :)
Second source would be to purchase your caps on the internet or at a local brewery or winery. We don't live near any places where I could purchase clean, unused caps, so I found mine on E Bay. They are available in many quantities and are not expensive, with some sellers even offering free shipping. I'm sure that there are more internet sources available as well.
The second thing you will need is fabric. If you're a hopeless fabric hoarder/addict like I am, finding fabric isn't a problem. This is a great scrap buster project too. How much fabric will you need? Again that depends on how large you want your trivet to be. A fat quarter of fabric measures 18 inches by 22 inches. You could get approximately 20 circles to cover the bottle caps out of one fat quarter.
Third thing is needle and thread. Smaller needles work better for this project, and a small spool of thread is more than enough.
Fourth thing would be a regular mouth canning ring
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