Hostess Gift Idea: Scented Hot Pad Tutorial

I have a secret, not the same one from yesterday but a different one. This one I can tell you but I’m a little ashamed of it. I never cook thanksgiving dinner. Every single year we go to my aunt’s for dinner. I don’t even know how to make stuffing from scratch. I’ll stick with crafting, you stick with stuffing and the world will be a happy place.

So today I’m sharing this tutorial with you for a scented hot pad. It’s a great gift to take to the person who is hosting you for thanksgiving if you are not cooking yourself. Plus it’s also a great gift idea to take to neighbors this coming Christmas. You can wrap it up by itself or put it in a basket with some tea bags and a small tea pot.

The best part is one that you can’t see. This thing smells amazing, even Damion commented on it. Then when you add a nice warm dish to the top of it, the smell radiates even more and it’s wonderful and homey.

So for this project you will need:
1 piece of cotton fabric – 3ft x 3inches
1 piece of flannel – 3 ft x 3 inches
uncooked rice
cinnamon oil or candle fragrance
plastic baggie

The very first step you need to do 24 hours in advance, so make sure you add that time into your equation. Take two cups rice and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon oil or fragrance and then sprinkle with actual cinnamon. Put in well sealed container and let stand overnight or for 24 hours.

When your rice is ready, cut your fabric into two strips that measure 3ft (1yrd) by 3 inches.  Lay the cotton fabric, right side up on top of the flannel.

Next fold the fabric over until the ride sides are touching and stitch a line along the edge.
After you sew one straight stitch, go back and use a zig zag stitch along the edge to prevent the seams from busting when you add the rice. If you have a serger, that would be the best option. If you don’t zig zag the seams, you might regret it.
I plead the fifth as to how that happened.
After your seams are sewn, it’s turn to turn it inside out. I used a coat hanger with one end bent to help turn the fabric to the ride side facing out.
Next you need to stitch one end closed and then start filling with rice. I did not use the full two cups of rice, you will just have to play around with it.
Then it’s time to start the rollin’.
To start, measure about an inch from the end and make an indention with your fingers, moving rice out of the way. Now turn it back onto itself to start the spiral. Do this one more time for the next turn and then it should start spiraling easily.
I started the spiral and then went back with my needle and thread to start sewing it once I had it layed out. I used a needle and thread to tack it down to itself from the inside every inch or two so that it would hold the spiral shape. I also hid the seam inside the spiral.
Tack it from the inside and no one will see your stitches! Keep going until you get to the end and then stitch that down to finish your scented hot pad.
Now you can sit down and enjoy a nice cup of tea.
Remember to always store your scented hot pad in a plastic bag to maintain the fragrance.


Bobbie is a homeschooling mom of three girls in the Houston area. Although most of her days are spent scrubbing up paint or ungluing her fingers, occasionally she also takes the time to burn dinner.

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  1. Jessie's Girls says

    I like this tutorial, because I could actually do it. It sounds like its right inside my sewing skill level – as long as my husband is around to re-thread my needle for me if my thread breaks, that is.

  2. Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk says

    Oh how wonderful. I can just imagine the remarkable aroma this would provide each time it was used. Great tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  3. Jamie~ says

    Oooo, I love this! I found you over at the Tutorial Phone Book and now I'm hooked on your blog! I might have even neglected my children a little this morning as I read through your blog. It was only a little bit… I'm now following you and I can't wait to read through your adventures, both crafting and otherwise!

  4. Becky Smith says

    Nice project. I made a variation of this years ago. Instead of rice, I used bird seed, and I think I used clove oil, and cloves instead of cinnamon. Also, I was making coasters, so they were a bit smaller. I did not use the flannel/batting, but glued the coil to a wood circle, the kind you buy in the woodworking section of crafts store. I like it! Becky

  5. Opal says

    I have been looking for something like this. I am a beginning crafter and this looks cute, easy and something I would enjoy having around the house. Thanks for sharing.

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