I saw these scented trivets/hot pads in a shop somewhere when I took the kids Christmas shopping. We went to approximately 6,599 stores that day so I don’t remember where I saw it, but they were selling them for around $12. The pads were filled with various spices to release a delicious aroma when you put a hot pot on top. It’s such a simple concept, I knew I could make it myself for less with my own materials. I used fabric I’m planning to sew into another apron, but I have more than enough to spare a little for a trivet. I filled the trivet with bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and cloves, but you could use any combination of herbs and spices you have on hand or saved from your garden. I had a lot of bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves, and have had them for some time, so I was happy to put them to good use.
You can make this in any size you want, but here’s how I made mine.
How to make a Scented Trivet:
2 pieces of 11-inch square fabric
2 ounces whole cloves
2 ounces cinnamon sticks, broken
1/2 to 1 cup bay leaves
thread and yarn
Iron your fabric and cut, doubled, into an 11-inch square so that you have two 11-inch square pieces. Place pieces right sides together and pin.
Stitch all the way around, leaving a gap of about three to four inches. Turn right side out. Iron again. Fill with cloves, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaves.
Being careful to keep the filling materials away from the edges, topstitch about a quarter of an inch in all the way around, closing the gap as you go.
Using a yarn needle and coordinating yarn, pull short pieces of yarn through the fabric and knot.
I made five knots spaced evenly across the top.
If you use enough filling material, this makes a thick trivet, thick enough to protect your table surface from heat.
It’s a quick project–you can get a sense of satisfaction in about an hour. It’s cute and smells fabulous. And you still have your $12!