Crochet Hot Dish Mat Christmas Tree made with Bottlecaps



This is a good recycling project. It is also a good way to use up scrap yarn.

  • Recycle the bottle caps to fill the motif
  • Fill the motif with old potholders or towels.
  • Make a random color hot dish mat with scrap yarn motif's

Video Tutorial: Crochet Hot Dish Mat Christmas Tree made with Bottlecaps

Written by Teresa Richardson


Skill Level: Beginner

Crochet Hook G
4-Ply yarn
Bottle Cap or Polyester Fiberfill to fill the motifs

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
FPSC - Front Post Single Crochet
EA - Each

Tree Motif
Magic Circle
Round 1: CH 1, 6 SC in magic circle, join. (6 Single Crochet)
Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 3: CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 4: CH 1, *FPSC around the next SC, CH 3, complete 12 times from *, join in BEG single crochet. (12 SC, CH loops)
This round is worked on the front of the bottlecap motif. This is the round that fastens each motif to each other.
Connecting: To connect each motif, you will chain 1, SL ST to the chain on the opposite motif, CH 1, then Front Post Single Crochet. You connect to 2 chain 3 loops. Each motif is offset from the other. Depending on how you choose to put your tree together, you may be connecting 2, 4 or 6 chain 3 loops.
Round 5: SL ST back to the single crochet on round 3. This round will be made on round 3 and will create the lip on the back that will be gathered, sewn shut and securing the bottlecap in the motif. CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around. join. Pull a length of yarn for sewing and cut.

Sew the yarn through the last round 5, instert your bottlecap or polyesterfiberfill, then pull the stitches shut. Knot, secure and hide your tail.

Tree Trunk
Magic Circle
Round 1: CH 1, 6 SC in magic circle, join. (6 Single Crochet)
Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 3: CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 4: CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around. join. Pull a length of yarn for sewing and cut.

Sew the yarn through the last round 5, instert your bottlecap or polyesterfiberfill, then pull the stitches shut. You will want to weave your tail to the edge of the motif so you can attach it to the tree and to the other part of the trunk.

Star Tree Topper
Magic Circle
Round 1: CH 1, *3 SC in the magic circle, CH 3, complete 5 times total from *, join. Cut your yarn and leave about a 7" tail for sewing to the tree. Pull your magic circle shut, knot your magic circle and weave your tail between the stitches.


Chain 150 for red chain embellishment.

Comments

  1. Teresa,

    Where were you a few days ago with this pattern when I was trying to find a tree to do? LOLOLOL Just kidding!!! I lovwe this and am going to do it any now anyway. ;-) Great pattern!!!!

    Harold

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  2. I think I just found my new favorite blog to follow. You are AMAZING!
    Thank you for sharing your talents and your patterns. AWESOME.
    Have a Blessed Christmas, I know I will, I'll be making your beanies, and your tree bottle cap hot pad, LOL!
    I love your tutorials too :o)

    Can you tell I'm excited??

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  3. Harold2,
    Thank you. The nice part I have found about this type of hot dish mat is that they are very durable. I had another one that I washed in the machine with the bottle caps. I don't remember what happened to that one. Who knows, maybe it will turn up one day. They are fun to make. I have a lot of ideas running around in my head for motif placement. They would even be pretty hanging on the wall or in a picture frame.

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  4. Deb,
    Thank you. I can always tell when people are excited. You have a happy holiday.

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  5. Hi Teresa,
    nice work you have here:). I'm really interested in this dish mat pattern. Do you think I can use this pattern, bind them off to create a tablecloth?. I'm about to create a tablecloth for my sister's new table but havin trouble in finding the right pattern (an easy one for a newbie like me :) ). I'm very thankful if You can give me an idea of the tablecloth pattern.
    Thanks in advance.

    Nodeen.

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  6. Hi again Teresa,
    forget to tell you about the yarn I'm going to use in my tableclothes project. I'm going to use a cotton yarn. Do you think its suitable for this christmast dish mat pattern?.
    Thanks again ;)

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  7. Thanks for this great pattern. I did a smaller version 9 circles with no bottle caps and put it on the front of the stocking that I made from your video tutorial. It looks great and puts the finishing touches on a beautiful stocking. I am on my 3rd star stitch hat and I have lost count of the snowflakes (all in less then 1 month). Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and allowing me to give homemade gifts to all my family. Have a wonderful holiday.

    Sharon

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  8. I just want to say that i didn't read or look at instructions on your blog, i just write down my own notes on my crochet notebook for the patterns that i wanted to do but now that i have looked on all your patterns, comments, i realized how much time you have put in on your blog about crocheting.. i'm lucky to have found you on youtube. btw, does your daughter know how to crochet? or your granddaughters? you must have alot of boxes of crochet projects and wonder what you do with them all. Have a great Xmas and a great Happy new year to you and to your family! teresa688

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  9. keyranni,
    This would make a really nice little motif tablecloth. I am going to revise the pattern with double crochet and demonstrate a motif doily with thread.

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  10. keyranni,
    Yes, you can use cotton thread with the bottle cap design. The grape hot dish mat at the beginning of the tutorial is done with thread. Thread will work just a nice as yarn.

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  11. Sharon,
    Thank you. Sounds like you have been very busy. I bet the tree is cute on the stocking. You have a very happy holiday.

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  12. teresa688,
    Thank you. My daughter does not crochet and neither do either of my granddaughters. If they lived closer I would have both of the girls crocheting. I do have a lot of stuff confined to a couple of rooms, with some of my crochet projects. I have been giving away some of my projects with the giveaways that I have been doing. It seems like I giveaway something and then I have made just as much to replace it. I think I need to do another giveaway. You have a happy and safe holidays.

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