Scented hot pad and coasters are easy enough for preschoolers to make yet nice enough for an adult to make as a hostess gift.  By simply changing the fabric, you can make these for any holiday or for everyday.  As the coasters are made of fabric and filled with cinnamon, it is not recommended to use them for cold drinks.

Materials and Supplies

Craft Supplies:

  • Fabric two 8" (5") squares
  • Muslin two 7" (4") squares
  • Felt one 7" (4") square
  • White glue (Elmer's or tacky)
  • Cinnamon 1/2 tbsp (1/2 tsp)
  • Pinking shears

The directions for both the hot pad and coasters are basically the same.  Therefore, the following directions are for the hot pad with changes in ( ) for the coasters.

Craft Instructions

  1. Cut two 8" (5") squares from fabric of your choice using pinking shears.  Cut two 7" (4") squares from muslin and cut one 7" (4") square of felt.  I usually use white felt but you can also use a color that matches your fabric.  I caution you not to use a dark felt with a light color material as the darker color will show through.
  2. Lay one of the squares of fabric right-side down on your work surface. Center the piece of felt on top of the fabric square. Center one muslin square on top of the felt. Place 1 tbsp (1tsp) cinnamon in the center of the muslin.  Apply a bead of glue around the inside edge of the muslin. Lay the second muslin square on top of the first one and press the edges down.  Next, apply a bead of glue around the inside edge of your fabric.
  3. Place your second piece of fabric on top, right side up and press the edges down into the glue firmly.

If you are making the coasters and giving them as a gift, I suggest making an even number such as 4, 6 or 8; stacking them and tying a piece of yarn or ribbon around them for a more finished look.

To use the coaster, simply place a hot cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot apple cider or whatever you like on the coaster and the heat from your mug will help release the cinnamon scent.  Similarly, when a hot dish is placed on a scented hot pad, the scent of cinnamon will be enjoyed while protecting your table from the heat of the dish.

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Printable Instructions

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