DIY Coasters & Trivets using Turk’s Head Knot

A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

Create, D.I.Y. | July 20, 2016 | By

So, I think the official definition of a ‘crafter’ or ‘DIY-er’ must somewhere contain reference to the fact that we are prone to see something somewhere and say to ourselves, “Hey, I bet I can do that!’ And I’ve seen the joke floating around the internet that goes something like this “Why buy it for $5 when you can make it with $90 of craft supplies.” Guilty as charged…sometimes. But, for those of us who need to have something to keep their hands busy while travelling or watching ‘Game of Thrones’ (counting down the days to the season premiere…in May 2017!😲) or just because we like to make things, the ‘crafter’ hat is one we gladly wear. That “Hey, I bet I can do that!” crafter who loves a challenge is the one who saw these Turk’s Head Coasters & Trivets in a charming little shop in New York last month and came home determined to make diy coasters and trivets. A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

Now lest you think that these lovely knots take some sort of knotting expertise, I can attest that they don’t. While I was a Girl Scout many, many moons ago (and actually won some award for selling great quantities of cookies because I hit up all the sailors on the ship my dad served on), my knotting know-how began and ended with the making of a sit-upon during a camping trip on a beach on the island of Saipan with the largest coconut crabs my 7th grade eyes had ever seen.  Not surprisingly, that camping trip was my  last camping trip. (Have you ever seen a coconut crab? If not, check them out here and then tell me having these critters outside of your tent when you had hit the latrine in the middle of the night wouldn’t have scarred you!)A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

This disclaimer also holds to all the bona fide knotters out there who may be aghast at my ‘knotting’ technique. This is the Lynn ‘layman’s’ version of making Turk’s Head Knot Coasters & Trivets and is in no way to be interpreted as the ‘official’ sailor, Boy Scout, mountain climber or what-have-you version of the Turk’s Head. I’m sure that the ‘real’ knotters out there don’t use a little cushion with push pins, I mean they’re scaling a mountain or rigging a boat or surviving in the wilderness with only beef jerky and a piece of rope and surely  wouldn’t have, or need, such cushion, cardboard and pushpins. OK…now that we have that out of the way, let the knotting shenanigans begin. 

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A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

Supplies Needed for Turk’s Head DIY Coasters & Trivets:

  • I used 3/16″ triple-ply cotton rope.  You’ll want to find the stiffest you can. I had to look around and finally found my best option on ebay at a storefront that sells bird toy supplies! Here’s the link to the rope I used. I bought 100′, which will make 12 (3.5″-4″) coasters and and 1 (6″) trivet or 2 trivets and 8 coasters. 
  • Cardboard, either one thick piece (think from corrugated box) or 2 thinner pieces (like from the back of a pad of paper or notebook)
  • Foam or cushion or corkboard. I used the backside of a computer lap desk.
  • Pushpins
  • Ruler or Yardstick
  • Tape
  • Needle and Thread (I used a heavy duty thread)A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

How to Make Turk’s Head DIY Coasters & Trivets:

  • Determine the size of trivet or coaster that you want. (I find that the coasters lie a little flatter when closer to 4″ than they do at 3.5″) Multiply the dimension in inches by 2.1 to determine how long the length of rope that you need. Make sure to tape where you will cut so that your rope doesn’t unwind.
  • Using a compass or other device, trace a circle the size of the trivet/coaster that you want on a piece of cardboard. I taped my cardboard onto the back cushion of a computer lap desk, but a piece of foam or cork bulletin board would work well too.
  • Use pushpins to make points of a star, approximately equidistant apart.A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.
  • Print off or refer to the diagram showing how the rope is woven under or over to make the Turk’s Head knot. You can print the PDF here.A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

  • In addition to the diagram, here’s a video showing how to make the knot. This video is longer than my usual ditty, but it shows the process from start to finish.

  • Once your knot is finished, sew the raw ends as shown in the following video.

  • While the coasters don’t need it, I opt to shore up my trivets just a tad. I do this by running a stitch through each of the bights, where it wouldn’t be seen from the top. Once again, knot purists might shudder at this practice, but I am not a knot purist and just want to make sure the trivet is as snug as possible. A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

 

A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

Once you have made 1-2 of these coasters or trivets and get the hang of it, you’ll be able to whip them out rather quickly. I made the 6″ trivet in the video in less than 13 minutes, complete with all my editorial comments! You could easily whip up quite a stash of coasters & trivets in a weekend and have a store for giving as a gifts when you need them in a pinch.

Turk’s Head Knot DIY Coasters & Trivets…Perfect for Gifting!

A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

So there you have it my friends… I’m crushing on the Turk’s Head knot right now, especially in these diy coasters & trivets. It was a good chance to don my ‘Hey, I bet I could do that!’ hat and have something to show for it in the end. A Flat Turk's Head Knot is perfect for diy coasters & trivets. Instructions (start to finish), with images & videos. Perfect for your kitchen & for gifting.

 

 

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    Linda at Mixed Kreations
    July 20, 2016

    Cute coasters Lynn! They do look like they would be hard to make, but your tutorial makes it look easier then I thought they would be.
    I agree with you on the definition of a diy’er. I am always telling myself I can make that, and the hubby ” it doesn’t cost much why not just buy it”. I guess it’s the challenge for us diy’ers. LOL
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      lynn
      July 25, 2016

      Linda, my fellow ‘diy-er’, thanks for swinging by! Truthfully, with the print off, it’s really quite easy. Give them a try!

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      lynn
      July 25, 2016

      Right up your nautical alley Mary! They’d be perfect for you and for gifts! Have fun making them. Really quite easy when you get the hang of it.

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    Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage
    July 24, 2016

    I’m applauding you for making these! They do look like it takes lots of concentration, but you did an amazing job and it looks like something you might find in a high end store. BTW, I took a look at those crabs, OMG…NO THANK YOU!!
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      lynn
      July 25, 2016

      Hey Carol, it was an undertaking, but once I got the hang of it, it really was quite easy. I’m definitely gearing up to mass produce them for Christmas gifts! And those crabs…I know! Skeered the beejeebers out of me!
      See you soon!
      Lynn

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    Nikki
    July 25, 2016

    Lynn, I love these so much! I need some new trivets to use on the dining room table and these are the coolest! I’ve Pinned and Stumbled so I can make sure to have the instructions on hand! Thanks for sharing how you did it, I’m definitely going to need that video!!!

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      lynn
      July 25, 2016

      Hey Nikki…I know that when you give this a try,you’ll get the hang of it. Really quite easy with the print off of the diagram…I promise. Give it a try and let me know how you did!
      Hugs, Lynn

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    Debbie
    July 25, 2016

    Hi Lynn, you are so clever! Just reading the instructions and looking at the images left me in awe of your dknotting skills! You say you aren’t a knotter, but I’m impressed.

    Pinning.

    xx

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      lynn
      July 25, 2016

      Thanks Debbie…promise you, my skills are really limited. Anyone could do this! Hope you give it a try.
      Hugs, LYnn

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    Denise Moore
    August 8, 2016

    Lynn I am so glad I met you at Haven. Your blog is full of all kinds of great projects! I am going to try these.

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      lynn
      August 10, 2016

      Hey Denise, so great to meet you too! Love all your jewelry designs…you have a good thing going on there! Are you back to reality yet? I’m still recovering, but also counting the days until next year!

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    Blake Procaccino
    August 21, 2016

    Interresting design, thanks for sharing! br br But I wonder, wouldn t the same be possibly using a print-out of such a coaster for the pin-placement? Just wondering whether the 3D-print is strictly necessary for those who do not have access to such a device.

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      lynn
      August 21, 2016

      Hi Blake…the print out is not a 3D print out. In fact, it is just a print out of a coaster. If you have access to a plain old printer, you can print this out and use it for your design. Have fun with it!

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Liz
    August 30, 2016

    I’m totally with you when it comes to “Hey, I bet I can do that!” and needing to keep my hands busy during Game of Thrones episodes. These look great! I love the knot; I’ll have to play around and try this then 🙂

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      lynn
      August 31, 2016

      Oh…you’re a GOT gal too! I ❤ that show…especially Jon Snow, followed closely by Tyrion. Did you hear that there will only be 2 more seasons? I’ve been thinking of starting back at the beginning again, but can’t get my hubby on board with me on that. But yeah, I always need something to do when watching TV…once you’ve got the hang of it you could whip out a couple of these coasters during an episode…easy peasy.

      Hugs, Lynn

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