I’ve used a darker thread so you can see it in the photo; you would use the same color as your knitted strip. The beginning base strip should be about 2 inches long, turn it so that it is beside the next part of the same strip and sew it place. Now just keep going until you have it the size you want for the hot mat, or bowl base. If you want the hot mat, finish off by sewing the end to the base with several stitches. If you want a bowl, just keep the base flat, then start up the sides for the height of the bowl.