You might be reading the title of this post and be thinking, “What IS a scented hot pad?”
Well, don’t worry, friends. It’s awesome. And you’re going to want to make one.
A scented hot pad is basically a coaster that is filled with rice that has been mixed with essential oils. When a mug full of hot tea or coffee is rested on the hot pad, the rice is warmed, and the smell of the essential oils intensifies. Suddenly, you’re greeted with wonderful aromas and you are taken away into a peaceful and beautiful-smelling place.
Yes, they’re practically magical. You are transcended into a more zen way of life.
Or your room smells better. Either or.
The materials chosen for this project were supplied by The Fat Quarter Challenge. This online challenge is contest/creative-subscription service available to all crafty-sorts. For a monthly fee (one-time or a subscription), you will receive a fat quarter of fabric and notions to create a project.
Each recipient of the Fat Quarter Challenge package will create something fabulous and submit a photo to the website at a certain date. Then, the voting begins! Prizes can be won!
(And if you want to vote for this or any other project, head over the website right now)
At the bottom of this post, The Fat Quarter Challenge has generously agreed to give away two months’ worth of Fat Quarter Packages (a $24 value) to a lucky craft-a-holic! Make sure you enter!
To make a Scented Hot Pad, you will need:
1 cup rice
Essential oil (of your choice)
5″ X 12″ Fancy fabric (for the outside of the coaster)
5″ X 10″ Muslin
The first step to this project is to make the scented rice. It is most effective to do this a day before you make your hot pads. I used a cup of rice and about 6-7 drops of my essential oil blend (which featured bergamot and lavender). I tossed the rice with the oil and then put it in a Ziploc bag for the night.
Some essential oil suggestions for the winter months? Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Peppermint, or Orange. Get crazy and make your own blends! It’s just rice – you can always scrap it and try again.
From the “fancy fabric” (this pink pattern reminds me so much of peacock feathers – don’t you love it?), cut a strip of fabric 5″ wide and 12 ” long.
Along the two 5″ ends, sew a quarter inch hem.
Fold the fabric, right-side facing in, so that there is an overlap of the two hemmed ends. Measure so that the square you’re left with is approximately 5″. Pin the sides and sew with a quarter inch seam allowance.
Fold it right-side out, and voila! You have a gorgeous little envelope-style hot-pad cover!
Fold the 5″ X 10″ muslin piece in half and pin the sides. Be sure to leave a small opening for the rice (approx 2 “). Sew the sides with a quarter inch seam allowance and then turn the little baggie inside out.
Using a funnel (which if you don’t have on hand, you can make quite easily with aluminum foil, so don’t stress!), pour the rice into your muslin bag. I used a little cup to hold the bag, only because I tend to make a mess when doing things like this. You can use your discretion.
Maybe you have more coordination than I do.
Sew your little rice bag shut (use the sewing machine or hand-stitch it, don’t get too fussed on appearance), and look! Your coaster now has a scented insert!
You’re on FIRE, you crafty genius! Almost done!
Slip the muslin bag into its snazzy envelope, and you’re done! And because the cover is an envelope cover, you can remove the muslin bag and replace it (or just stitch rip your seams and put new rice in the bag) when the scent eventually fades.
Suburble tip: if you’re making a bunch of these in advance, store the hot pads in Ziploc bags (keeping similar scents together) until you’re ready to gift them. This will ensure that the scent is still strong when your lucky friend receives it!
Because I got a bunch of notions in my Fat Quarter Challenge package, I decided to add some pizzazz to the hot pad. Oooh.. it sparkles!
And it works, too!
Consider these for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or even as part of a gift basket for your favourite coffee or tea aficionado. Or maybe just make a bunch for yourself! They take no time at all!
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Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell
your little hot pad is so cute!!! I’ll be honest though, I don’t sew…..so unless I can convince someone to make me one, I won’t have a lovely scent wafting through my house any time soon 🙁 Do you put a nice hot steaming mug of tea on it before showings so that potential buyers can picture themselves in your house 😉
I’m so new to sewing (as in, I’ve had a sewing machine for years, but every time I sit down at it, it’s like the first time… ), but this little hot pad wasn’t too difficult.
The selling the house part has proved to be much harder! (Update coming soon)
What a great idea!
Thank you so much, Bronwyn!
I love your idea and plan on making them for gifts for this holiday. I am also going to use them for the little hot and cold packs I receive at races from physical therapists who want you to try their company. your little envelope will make a cute holder for them. Thanks for your great idea.
I’ve never made these before, but they look like a neat gift idea- especially paired with a mug and special tea!
That’s exactly what I was thinking, Melanie! I’d love to make a few of these and combine them with a selection of teas and a mug!
WOW, I have never thought of scenting the rice, I may have to do that when I made more warm bags! That is such a fun idea!
Oh, definitely consider scenting the rice! You could use oils noted for their calming effects. It would make for great gifts!
Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade
This is the prettiest hot pad I’ve ever seen! That fabric is so pretty, and I love the sequin trim! Lovely! 🙂
Awww… thank you so much, Heidi!
I LOVE essential oils and use them on my boys daily to try and keep the crud away. Awesome idea to use them to scent a hot pad! And I love your snazzy envelope 🙂
Thank you, Sky! When things can be snazzy, I aim to achieve it! 🙂
This is awesome! I love it!
Thank you so much, Amy!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage
Great tutorial, and I love the choice of fabric and sequins!
Thank you, Jen! The notions were included in the Fat Quarter package, but I agree – they went nicely with the fabric!
Ok this is just darling! Pinned!
Thank you, Malia! I love the pins!
Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz
I’m just obsessed with that fabric!
Isn’t is great, Kenz? I think it would be fantastic in a little girls’ room!
Gorgeous I love the idea of scented packs very clever
Thank you, Mel! I love the idea of scenting the room, too. I love essential oils!
You know I’m never going to sew, but I do love the idea of this! Not to mention it’s so very pretty!
Danni – For some reason, I would have assumed that you sew! But never mind, staples and iron-on fusible tape work well in a pinch!
Very smart! I’ve never seen or even heard of this scented hot pad before. This is so cool!
Thank you, Onel! They’re actually pretty awesome. I may crank some out as hostess gifts this year!
I am a crafty genius, thank you 🙂 I have a scented neck warmer at home, so I guess it makes the room smell better and it makes me smell better too! BTW, love the sequins – it goes really well with this fabric! Sort of in a I Dream of Jeannie kind of way – love it!
Yes, you are a crafty genius. I’ve seen the proof! I think the sequins add some “wow” to the look. I imagine that you wouldn’t put as much essential oil in your neck warmer that you would in the hot pad. Otherwise, it could be overwhelming to have it so close to your face.
Gorgeous! Great stocking stuffer and teacher gift idea!! Pinned!
Thank you so much, Heather! I love those pins! (And yes, I’m thinking that these might be our teacher gifts this year!)
Kathy Penney @ Sparkles And A Stove
I bet these smell wonderful! And it turned out so pretty! Great job!
They smell fabulous, actually! I’m amazed at how long the smell lasts! Thank you so much, Kathy!
Steph @ The Silly Pearl
Oh how I’d love one of these! I love the sparkly gold touch of the trim!
Thank you Steph! I love all things that have a bit of sparkle to them! (even coasters!)
Yay! Fun challenge! Of course I voted for your- it rocks! Hope I win:)
Awww… thanks, Krista! I didn’t win, but I’m so happy with the project that it didn’t matter!
Amy of while wearing heels
Oh that is brilliant. The fabric you used was so chic and modern. What a great projects to use up some scraps. I’ve never seen anything like this before, it’s really brilliant.
It would be a great project to use up scraps! How awesome would a pack of a few mis-matched hot pads be!?!? Hmm… I’m getting ideas now…
Rose :: Fine Craft Guild
Voted for you 😉 It is really cute and a bit more original than the others. Not sure how wobbly those tea cups will be, but that’s another story…
Thank you, Rose! I’ve been using my hot pad, and so far, all teacups have stayed firmly placed. I think that you have to consider how full of rice the muslin bag should be. There is definitely a lot of “play” in the fabric. This way, the rice holds the cup to the coaster, rather than being a hill that the cup balances on.
Thank you for the vote, lady! I didn’t win, but it was a fun ride!
What a great project!
Thank you so much, Ruthi!
This looks like a great idea for the holidays. I only have one question. How did you sew the sequins on?
Oh Edith – I have a confession: I hot-glued the sequins on!
However, if you’re handy with a bit of hand-sewing, here is an excellent tutorial for sewing pre-strung sequins: http://howdidyoumakethis.com/applying-pre-strung-sequins/
These are just too cute!!!!!! What a perfect hostess/housewarming/welcome gift these would be! I confess that I have very painful hands so I am going to make a couple for myself also. When I am done using it for my morning coffee, I am going to warm these poor, tired hands under them for a few minutes and I think it could be very theraputic. Thank you for sharing this wonderful craft with all of us. Because today is Christmas eve, happy holidays to you and yours……
Deb, thank you so much for this lovely comment! How did your warmers turn out?